City of Lynn

Lynn Shore & Nahant Beach Reservation
Open year round, dawn to dusk. Boat ramps provide public access to Lynn Harbor. Public swimming at Long Beach and King's Beach. Fee for parking at Long Beach, 8 AM - 6 PM, May - Sept. An expansive seascape can be viewed from over four miles of waterfront that is managed under public ownership.

A promenade extends along the two-mile length of the two reservations at the edge of Nahant Bay and is available year round for activities such as walking, jogging and bicycling. Vast areas of hard-packed sand are exposed at low tide which can be accessed at King's Beach and Long Beach on Nahant Bay as well as near the boat launching area on Lynn Harbor.

Other interesting natural features include a mile-long system of fragile sand dunes parallel to Long Beach, and tide pools at Red Rock Park that are often filled with colorful marine plants and animals.
Lynn Shore & Nahant Beach Reservation
(781) 485-2803 ext. 100
Stacey Jeffrey | Email Address
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DCR Wedding Information and Links

Wedding Information on DCR State Parks

Planning a Wedding at a DCR State Park
DCR welcomes simple, small wedding ceremonies at many state parks and larger wedding celebrations at a limited number of parks.  

If you interested in holding a wedding at a particular state park, contact the park’s staff to see if weddings are allowed, to check availability on the date, and to obtain direction on completing any required permits. Fees may apply. For a list of state parks, linking to contact information for each park click here.

Wedding Photos and Videos: Taking photos and videos during a permitted wedding ceremony does not require a separate permit.  Taking wedding photography and videos in a state park for a non-permitted wedding requires a DCR Film and Photography Permit.

Popular DCR Locations for Wedding Ceremony:

  • Borderland State Park
  • Phone: 508-238-6566
  • Email Address  
  • Mt. Sugarloaf State Reservation
  • Phone: 413-586- 8706, ext. 12 (or 413-665-2928 after May 15)
  • Email Address 
  • Maudslay State Park
  • Phone:  978-465-7223
  • Email Address
  • The Maudslay Arts Center at DCR’s Maudslay State Park in Newburyport is a private venue. Call them directly at 978-857-0677.
  • Willowdale Estate is a private wedding venue located on the grounds of DCR’s Bradley Palmer State Park in Topsfield.  You must call them directly at 978-887-8211 to plan a wedding.

Currently, no weddings are being permitted at the Summit House at DCR’s Joseph A. Skinner State Park in South Hadley, as it is closed for porch repairs and accessibility improvements. For information on events at Skinner State Park, call Mt. Holyoke Range State Park staff at
413-586-0350; Email Address

DCR’s Walden Pond State Reservation in Concord does not allow any weddings between Memorial Day in May and Columbus Day in October, due to high recreational use during that time.  For more information, call  staff at 978-369-3254; Email Address

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