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Nahant Beach, Nahant

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Nahant Beach Boulevard, also Nahant Causeway and Nahant Road is a historic road on the isthmus connecting Nahant, Massachusetts to the mainland at Lynn, Massachusetts. The road runs from the Lynn Rotary, its junction with Lynn Shore Drive and the Lynnway, about 1.5mi to Wilson Road in Nahant. It passes through Nahant Beach Reservation, a state park offering beach access on the isthmus. The road offers expansive views of the area coastlines and Boston Harbor. Both the park and the roadway are administered by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation.Nahant Beach Boulevard was first laid out in 1905, as part of the Metropolitan District Commission's program of developing oceanfront parkways, and provided the first paved road access to Nahant. It was designed by the firm of Olmsted, Olmsted, and Eliot, predecessor to the Olmsted Brothers landscape design firm. Around the same time, rail access and a bridle path were also added to the isthmus.In 1936 that roadway alignment was converted into a parking area, and the present roadway was completed the following year on the alignment of the railroad bed. The Lynn Rotary was completed in 1935. This work, along with the conversion of the bridle path to a promenade, was paid for by Works Progress Administration grants. Since then modifications to the roadway have been modest. Seawalls have been built, a chain link fence was installed on the wall between the road and the parking lot, and the rotary was landscaped.
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  • This is a lovely, broad, gently sloping beach, almost two miles long, good for walking, and a nice safe place for kids, since the drop-off into the water is so gentle. There's a fairly large parking l...  more »
  • Nahant is a quaint little town, an it is a close escape to the beach; it may be local beach, but they keep it clean, and you have to pay to get in; I believe it is 10.00 a car now; They have redone th...  more »
  • First visit. Attracted by fact that Nahant was supposedly main location for a favorite film of mine. The island itself was sort of a disappointment. Wants to present a "bucolic" look but succeeds in a...  more »
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  • The waves at Nahant can be big and good for surfing the further left you go. The further right is when the waves get smaller. There is food easily accessible and the sand is great for resting on. There is easily accessible parking and outdoor showers for after swimming. I would HIGHLY recommend this beach before any other beach on the north shore.
  • Very appealing urban beach on the north side of the Nahant causeway. Beach is sandy, with cream colored quartz sugar sand. Due to currents however, can get some funk from decaying seaweed. Check prevailing winds and mass dep beach reports for best visit. Beach is in heavily developed region. No boardwalk, so not walker or wheelchair friendly. During season there is paid parking that fills up early. No free parking at beach. Access parking from the causeway.
  • This is the best beach in the Boston area! With beautiful white sand and an impressive shore length, it's easy to spend the day here. It can get pretty busy during peak times, but I have found that a mid-week getaway will let you enjoy the beach in peace. After a day in the sun, I would highly recommend Rite Spice Carribean restaurant that is close by. We split the oxtail and the curried goat and it was an amazing end to a great day!
  • I love this beach although it gets so crowded in the summer.the sand is mostly soft/ not to many pebbles. It's a pretty view. It's also close to Tides Restaurant . You cannot park at Tides & go to the beach, there is no room for all the cars. You have to use beach parking, so be prepared to wait in a line of cars to get in.
  • Clean beach outside of Boston. Parking is generally limited, but we went for the sunset after 6pm, so were able to grab a spot from a family heading home. Bring your own food and drinks, as there aren't many options around. Beautiful views!
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