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Nahant Beach, Nahant

#51 of 113 in Beaches in Massachusetts
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Nahant Beach Reservation is a protected coastal reservation covering 67acre of beach and recreational areas in the town of Nahant, Massachusetts. Nahant Road, called Nahant Beach Boulevard when it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2003, offers access to 7000ft Long Beach on the Atlantic Ocean side to the east. The reservation includes a boat ramp with access to Lynn Harbor and shares athletic fields with Lynn Shore Reservation in the area around Nahant Rotary, a traffic circle at the reservation's northern end. The reservation is part of the Metropolitan Park System of Greater Boston.
In the early 1900s, privately owned shoreline property at Nahant Beach and Lynn Shore was acquired by the Metropolitan District Commission to create two abutting reservations. Following the purchases, buildings including the Hotel Nahant were removed to give the public access to beaches and to protect natural features. A bathhouse was built at the north end of the reservation in 1901; beach shelters, benches, and a bridle path were added in the early 20th century. Plan trip to Nahant with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.
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  • Great natural beach, though sometimes plagued by algae in parts, detracting from its otherwise clear and sandy appeal. Parking is ample given the narrow causeway on which the whole area rests. Be prepared to pay if you arrive by car between Memorial Day and Labor Day ($10 for MA plates; $40 otherwise. MA residents can buy an annual parking pass in advance for $60. The area is popular with people of all ages, as well as surfers and kiteboarders when conditions and crowds allow. Peak season is July and August. Restrooms and outdoor showers are available. Lifeguards seem to be on duty starting at 10am in the summer. Lion's Mane and perhaps other jellyfish species show up from time to time. I'm not aware of any shark or seal sightings here, which is something I consider during my regular swims.
  • Absolutely gorgeous beach and clean surroundings. Great experience for a swim and walking around is awesome as well 😀 😎

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