Winthrop Shore

Winthrop Shore Drive

Open year round, dawn to dusk.  Lifeguards are on duty from late June to early September.

*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.

From the mid 1600s until the late 1800s, Winthrop Beach and Short Beach were used mostly for utilitarian purposes:  clam digging, lobster fishing, kelp for fertilizer, rocks and gravel for ship ballast.

The arrival of public transportation to the north shore in 1875 along with the acquisition of the reservation in 1900 by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, spurred the popularity of Winthrop Beach as a destination for city dwellers and tourists alike.

Today, Winthrop Beach and Short Beach are regarded as centerpieces of the year-round community which has replaced the hotels and cottages of the past, and continue to delight visitors of all ages.

Park Directions

MBTA: Take the Blue Line to Orient Heights. Take the Paul Revere Bus service to Winthrop Beach.

By Car: Winthrop Shore Drive, Winthrop.

Recreational Opportunities