Date Of Visit: July 14, 2018
Location: 33 Lothrop St, Beverly, MA (about 30 minutes northeast of Boston, MA)
Hours: Open daily sunrise to sunset
Parking: On street parking is available but limited. I did not see a parking lot at or near the beach.
Handicapped Accessible: Yes, certain areas are handicapped accessible. The beach is accessible through a paved walkway to the right of the beach.
Dog Friendly: Yes
Highlights: scenic, boating and other water activities, historical memorials, fishing, wildlife
History, beauty and recreation await you at Independence Park.
The picturesque park offers scenic views and benches to sit.
Although the bench and path at the park are pretty and provide beautiful views, they do not lead to the beach.
I don’t usually take artistic license with the photos I take. But as I was editing this photo, I noticed how the red really stood out in the boat at the front of the group of boats.
Although it may be possible to get to the beach from the path by the benches, a fence and rocky area prevent easy access to the beach.
There are entrances to beach are a short jaunt to the right and left of the monuments at the park. And, to the right of the park is a paved walkway to the beach.
The beach offers beautiful views, a clean beach area and a jetty to fish off. Rumor has it striped bass (“stripers”) are abundant in the area.
There are a lot of birds and other wildlife at the beach.
The beach is a popular spot for paddle boarders, surfers and boaters.
If you’re in the area and you want to try paddle boarding, kayaking or even winter paddling or snow shoeing during the winter, try Coast To Coast Paddle. Aaron, seen in the photo below, was getting ready to take a few paddlers out while I was taking photographs.
As the name would suggest, Independence Park is more than just a haven for sun seekers and paddle boarders. It also has a rich history.
One of the plaques at the park states that in 1775 the first authorized armed ship, The Hanna, set sail in those waters to capture British vessels. Just standing in an area that played such a pivotal role in our history is pretty freegin cool when you think about it.
There are also cannons, monuments and flags on the grounds of the park.
The park is dog friendly and there were quite a few dogs at the beach while I was there.
Below are just a few of the cute dogs I saw during my visit.
Koa (on the left) is a 3 month old mixed breed dog. Frank (on the right) is a Golden Retriever.
Polly is a 13 year old mixed breed dog.
Willow is a 4 month old Englisg Cream Golden Retriever.
(Oliver) Twist is a 5 year old Schnauzer Cairn Terrier mix (aka Carnauzer).
Poppy is a Greyhound.
Jade is an 8 year old mixed breed dog.