Daily Parking Fee, Nahant Beach - $10 MA Vehicle, $20 non-MA Vehicle
** Please note, due to an increase filed on January 2, 2015, new parking fees will be assessed at this location effective July 1, 2017.
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 through October.
*Please note, starting on April 1st to September 15th dogs and other pets are not authorized on the beach, with the exception of service animals, per DCR regulations.
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, racquetball 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.
MassParks Annual Passes are now available in Nahant
If you are interested in purchasing a MassParks Annual Pass at Nahant Beach, they are available at the Nahant Labor Yard. The Nahant Yard office is open 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Tuesday-Thursday during winter season and 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM seven days per week during the summer season. Please call 781-595-0063 for more information. The Nahant Labor Yard is located across the street from Ward bathhouse near the rotary.
Please note, MassParks Passes are also available at the Nahant Beach parking lot Entrance Booth during the summer recreation season from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM Memorial Day to Labor Day seven days per week. Please call 617-634-9116 for more information.
MBTA: 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.
By Car: 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.
Interpretive programs and beach-related recreational events are offered periodically, including school programming with topics such as marine biology and natural history.