Lynn and Swampscott, Boston

Swampscott, Massachusetts

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A favorite walk here traces the expansive and accessible coastline along Lynn and Swampscott. On one side of the 2-mile promenade, the walkway forms a refuge from the tide while giving vistas of sandy beach and waves teasing the rocks and offshore islands. On the other side is a large district of hundred-year-old homes of merchants and industrialists. Residents of this area came here because Lynn was once a powerhouse industrial center. Lynn was changed dramatically by the Industrial Revolution and instrumental in the establishment of fair conditions for laborers. Meanwhile the managers of Lynn’s great industries lived in considerable comfort in the Lynn and Swampscott oceanfront residential areas. This walk leads you through the area’s industrial history from both sides: you’ll see both the remnants of the great, multistoried shoe factories where labor sweated, and the palatial seaside suburbs where management cavorted and unwound.
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Walk Boston

by Robert Sloane (editor) of WalkBoston (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

A favorite walk here traces the expansive and accessible coastline along Lynn and Swampscott. On one side of the 2-mile promenade, the walkway forms a refuge from the tide while giving vistas of sandy beach and waves teasing the rocks and offshore islands. On the other side is a large district of hundred-year-old homes of merchants and industrialists. Residents of this area came here because Lynn was once a powerhouse industrial center.

Lynn was changed dramatically by the Industrial Revolution and instrumental in the establishment of fair conditions for laborers. Meanwhile the managers of Lynn’s great industries lived in considerable comfort in the Lynn and Swampscott oceanfront residential areas. This walk leads you through the area’s industrial history from both sides: you’ll see both the remnants of the great, multistoried shoe factories where labor sweated, and the palatial seaside suburbs where management cavorted and unwound.

©  Robert Sloane (editor) of WalkBoston/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Walking
Nearby City: Swampscott
Distance: 2.7
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Driving Directions: Directions to Lynn and Swampscott, Boston

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