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Nahant Beach Reservation

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Beaches, Swimming, Healthy/Active, Green
Long Beach, Nahant, MA
URL: Nahant Beach Reservation  Phone: 781-485-2803

Activity Overview

Nahant Beach Reservation is a popular recreation area known for its beautiful Atlantic coastline. It offers numerous outdoor activities for families in the Boston area, including swimming, hiking, cycling, and boating. In addition, the reservation features scenic sand dunes and tide pools filled with marine life, and is located near ball fields, tennis courts, racquetball courts, and a great playground.

Things to Do

  • Go swimming! There are two public beaches within the Nahant Beach Reservation - Long Beach and King's Beach.
  • Enjoy the beautiful scenery of the reservation, including sand dunes and tide pools, by going for a family hike or bike ride along the 2-mile coastal promenade.
  • Take your little one to the playground located near the park's headquarters.
  • Enjoy other summer beach activities like fishing, kayaking, and boating.
  • Bring along a camera in order to take photos of the coast and the diverse marine life.

Nahant Beach Reservation Insider Tips

  • If you need a shower to wash off the sand before heading home for the day, you can find them near the Ward Bathhouse.
  • Be prepared to pay the daily parking fee of between $5 and $7 per car.
  • Consider bringing along a pair of binoculars and a bird guide in order to introduce your child to bird watching.
  • If you prefer to visit beaches with lifeguard stations, visit Long Beach during July and August when lifeguards are on patrol. There are no lifeguards at King's Beach.

This is a really nice beach. The water is very clean with great, manageable surf, and little to no rocks or seaweed. The entry to the water is flat so it's great for all ages. Parking is just $5, but it tends to fill up quickly, so plan to arrive early on weekends and by 10:30am during the week to ensure you get a spot. The beach is long and somewhat thin at high tide. There are a couple if bathrooms (could be a trek depending where you park); and a very nice Boardwalk. No real concessions here so best to bring lunch and drinks with you. Waves are great for boogie boarding but not fierce like some places. Pleasantly surprised by this beach!
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