Mystic River Reservation
GOOD FOR: Ages 0-4

Source:Outdoors with Kids Boston (AMC Books)
Address:Mystic Valley Parkway, Winchester, MA
Hours:Dawn to dusk daily
Fee: Free
Contact:; 617-727-5380

Bathrooms: Portable toilets near the beach
Water/Snacks: None

Minutes from Boston, the Mystic Lakes offer a quiet and beautiful setting for family gatherings and bike riding.

Parks, playgrounds, bike paths, and scenic views make Mystic Lakes popular with families.
Photo by: Kim Foley MacKinnon

The Mystic River Reservation runs through Arlington, Medford, and Winchester and is a Department of Conservation and Recreation property. Mystic Lakes, both Upper and Lower, connect to the Mystic River; visitors can enjoy various parks and outdoor activities along the shores.

Tennis courts, playgrounds, grassy areas, boat landings, bike paths, soccer fields, and picnic tables make this a family-friendly place to visit. In Winchester, Shannon Beach, formerly named Sandy Beach, located at the northern end of Upper Mystic Lake, is popular for swimming and does indeed have a sandy beach. Kids can visit the playground here or ride bikes along the paved paths. Only nonpowered boats are allowed at the Upper Lake, but motorized boats with no wake are OK at the Lower Mystic Lake.

Remember: You can’t always swim at the beach due to water-quality issues; call ahead to check. Keep your dog on a leash and clean up after it.

Plan B:

The Middlesex Fells Reservation (Trip 31), in Stoneham, is about 5 miles away and has an extensive trail system.

Where to Eat Nearby:

At MA 60 near the traffic circle and before you turn onto Mystic Valley Parkway, you’ll spot a couple of places to eat.



By: Guest
Posted: 06/26/2018 08:27

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By: Guest
Posted: 04/21/2018 07:08

I liked this place very much. I think it will be a good place for all those who are planning for a trip. Actually, where is it? I would like to ho there so can you please share the exact location? Eagerly waiting for your updated post to get it. Real Estate Image blending

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By: mommypth
Posted: 05/31/2012 12:51

Great walking - and playground- there are lots of geese- and plent to look at and explore. We often go and sit in the shade have a pinic lunch and enojy the birds- Great for young kids

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