Winthrop Shore Reservation

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Winthrop Shore Reservation


(781) 485-2803

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Open year round, dawn to dusk. Lifeguards are on duty from late June to early September. From the mid 1600s until the late 1800s, Winthrop Beach and Short Beach were used mostly for utilitarian purposes: clam digging, lobster fishing, kelp for fertilizer, rocks and gravel for ship ballast. The arrival of public transportation to the north shore in 1875 along with the acquisition of the reservation in 1900 by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, spurred the popularity of Winthrop Beach as a destination for city dwellers and tourists alike.

Today, Winthrop Beach and Short Beach are regarded as centerpieces of the year-round community which has replaced the hotels and cottages of the past, and continue to delight visitors of all ages.

The reservation is 16.73 acres. Winthrop. Extends along the ocean front for about a mile. A broad boulevard with sidewalks on both sides. Fine views of the ocean, Nahant, and the outer islands. Reached by train every fifteen minutes on Winthrop Branch, Boston, Revere Beach & Lynn Railroad, from Rowe's Wharf (Elevated railway station opposite) to Winthrop Beach, Shirley, or Ocean Spray stations.

Map of Winthrop Shore (MA)

Latitude, Longitude: 42.372970, -70.969040



  • Fishing

    Clam digging, lobster fishing, and regular fishing is allowed along the Winthrop Shore Reservation.

  • Picnicking

    Picnic facilities are located along the shoreline.

  • Water Sports

    Swimming is permitted and lifeguards are on duty from late June to early September.



Winthrop Shore Drive, Winthrop

Public Transportation

MBTA: Take the Blue Line to Orient Heights. Take the Paul Revere Bus service to Winthrop Beach.

Phone Numbers


(781) 485-2803