Lynn Shores &
Nahant Beach Reservation
Open year round, dawn to dusk.
Boat ramps provide public access to Lynn Harbor.
Public swimming at Long Beach and King's Beach.
Fee for parking at Long Beach, 8:00am - 6:00pm, May - Sept. An expansive seascape can be viewed from
over four miles of waterfront that is managed under public ownership.
A promenade extends along the two-mile length of the two reservations
at the edge of Nahant Bay and is available year round for activities
such as walking, jogging and bicycling. Vast areas of hard-packed
sand are exposed at low tide which can be accessed at King's Beach
and Long Beach on Nahant Bay as well as near the boat launching
area on Lynn Harbor. Other interesting natural features include
a mile-long system of fragile sand dunes parallel to Long Beach,
and tide pools at Red Rock Park that are often filled with colorful
marine plants and animals.
Ball fields, raquetball and tennis courts
are available near Nahant Rotary. A tot lot is located near park
headquarters at Ward Bathhouse where a visitor center, showers,
and sanitary facilities are available free of charge. A comfort
station is located at Long Beach in Nahant Beach Reservation and
lifeguards supervise areas of that waterfront during July and August.
A parking lot with a capacity of 1,300 vehicles is available at
Long Beach for which a fee is collected from May through September.
Ample on-street parking along Lynn Shore Drive is available for
visitors to King's Beach and Red Rock Park. There is no public toilet
facility at Lynn Shore Reservation and there is no lifeguard program
at King's Beach. The parking lot at the public access boat ramp
has a capacity of 70 vehicles with trailers.
The Metropolitan District Commission acquired
private properties in the early 1900's in order to create the two
abutting reservations. Many buildings, including Samuel Soule's
1855 Hotel Nahant, were removed in order to assure public access,
protect important natural features and provide open space.
Interpretive programs and beach-related
recreational events are offered periodically, including school programming
with topics such as marine biology and natural history.
From Haymarket Station to Central Square, Lynn, take MBTA bus #400,
440, 441, 442, or commuter rail, or take Blue Line to Wonderland,
bus #441 or 442 (Marblehead). From Central Square take bus #439
to the rotary near the bathhouse.
Lynnway (Rt. 1A) to Carroll Parkway to Nahant Rotary and, then,
either Nahant Causeway to boat launch and Long Beach at Nahant Beach
Reservation, or, Lynn Shore Drive to Red Rock Park and King's Beach
at Lynn Shore Reservation. Fee for parking at Long Beach, 8:00am - 6:00pm, May - Sept.