Independence Park

42.543056, -70.876874
Lothrop Street
Beverly, MA 01915
(978) 921-6000 
Essex County

Independence Park is located on Route 127 and Lothrop Street in Beverly, Massachusetts. Once parked, the first thing that will catch your eyes is the decent of the park to the beach. The sharp grade or the park leads to a sea wall and its two entrances to the beach area. The beach has a gradual slope, making access to the water easier than the walk there. During low-tide the beach is open, and sprinkled with sea weed, with soft sand near the sea wall and hard packed closest to the water. The right side of the beach is dense with small rocks due to the break wall; as you go from the right side of the beach to the left side the rocks dissipate. High-tide offers limited beach space with less noticeable rocks. Both the beach and park provide beautiful views of the Beverly Channel and the Danvers River. The park has many benches for enjoying the view and a commemorative plaque of the reading of The Declaration of Independence and "The Hannah – The First Authorized Armed Ship" of the United Colonies. This area is known as the "Birthplace of the Navy."

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Hours Of Operation

Sunrise to 10pm

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Free parking is available on Lothrop Street; handicap spaces are available.

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Life Guard Schedule

No lifeguard on duty.

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Not allowed

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Independence Park is a carry in/carry out beach, with food within 5 minutes driving.

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Motels/hotels and rentals are within 5 minutes driving.

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No dogs are allowed on the beach from Memorial Day to Labor Day between 8am to 7:30pm. Dogs must be leashed at all times.

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Picnic Area

There is no designated picnic area; there are benches throughout the park.

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No playground on-site; there is a baseball field and basketball court accessible from Lothrop Street a few hundred feet before Independence Park.

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Public Transportation

Please see the link below for times and other modes of public transportation.

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Restrooms / Showers


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Surfing/Kayaking/Paddle Boarding

The water is dependent on the weather and can be good for paddle boarding and kayaking.

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Walking Trails

The Privateer Trail Walk ends at Independence Park; for more information, see the attached link. Privateer Trail Stops

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Water Quality

Water quality is monitored from Memorial Day to Labor Day. For more information please call (617) 626-1250. The accepted standard is 104 CFU/100mL in a single day or an average of 35 CFU/100mL over five days. The link below is the test results from 2003 to 2015.
Independence Park Water Quality

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