Nahant Beach

42.448526, -70.938455
Nahant Road
Nahant, MA 01908
(781) 595-0063
Essex County

Nahant Beach is located on Nahant Road in Nahant, Massachusetts. This 1.3 mile stretch of beach offers beautiful stretches of dune grass, sand, views of the Lynn Shore, and the Atlantic Ocean. During high-tide the beach becomes condensed; but even on a busy day, space is available to relax or run around. The water is on the calm side with a gradual slope into the water that is relatively debris-free, equating to a great place for children, the elderly, or anyone looking to enjoy dipping their feet into the water. Some amenities may not be close by due to the sheer size of the beach. Close to the Boston area and less expensive than beaches located on the North Shore and Cape, Nahant Beach is a great choice for a day at the beach.

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Hours Of Operation

Sunrise to sunset, June 1st through August 31st

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The parking lot houses 1300 vehicles, has two main entrances, and is located directly in front of the beach. The parking lot appears to be huge but does fill up extremely fast on sunny days during the summer, so please plan ahead. Sixteen entrances from the parking lot are available to the beach that are clearly posted. Parking passes are required Memorial Day to Labor Day, 8am to 5pm, and can be purchased on-site. Call (617) 634-9116 for more information. Parking costs are:
MA Vehicle - $5
Non-MA Vehicle - $7
Annual Mass Parks Pass:
 MA Vehicle - $60
Non-MA Vehicle - $85
Senior Pass - $10

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Life Guard Schedule

Lifeguards are on duty from July through August

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Not allowed

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Nahant Beach is a carry in/carry out beach.  Depending on your location on the beach there is food that is within walking distance at the Tides Restaurant and food available at the Ward Bathhouse area.

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Motels/hotels and rentals are within 5 minutes driving.

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Dogs are not allowed on the beach from April 1st through September 30th.


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Picnic Area

Tables are available at the James J. Ward Bathhouse.

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A play-area is available at the Ward Bathhouse located near the Nahant Rotary.

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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

Restrooms are available at the two main bathhouses are the Halfway House and the Ward Memorial Bathhouse.

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Surfing/Kayaking/Paddle Boarding

No floatation devices are allowed unless United States Coast Guard approved.

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Walking Trails

A walking path that goes the entire length of the beach and beyond through Lynn to Swampscott, all with a beach view. Trail Map

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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 the current year. Nahant Beach Water Quality

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