Lynn, Massachusetts

Photo Credit: John Phelan

A Brief History of Lynn, Massachusetts

Coastal Byway Miles: 3.2

Let’s start our journey with a brief history of Lynn, Massachusetts. Nearly 350 years ago, settlers bargained with natives for an area known as Saugus. Early residents of Lynn made their living in family farming and shellfishing. Lynn would later transition into the leather tanning industry, becoming the ladies’ shoe center of the world. The city became a popular Boston resort area when wealthy families and invidious built lavish summer estates across the shoreline. 

Exploring Lynn From The Byway

From Boston, Lynn is the first stop on the Scenic Byway. Here, visitors can find popular sandy beaches on the Lynn/Nahant Beach Reservation. Byway travelers can also visit Lynn’s green spaces, public art installations, museums, and period architecture. There are also various shops and restaurants to visit near the coast.

Central Exchange Cultural District

590 Washington Street , Lynn, MA 1901

Fraser Field

365 Western Ave , Lynn, MA 1901

Goldfish Pond

, Lynn, MA 1902

Grand Army of the Republic Museum

58 Andrew Street , Lynn, MA 1901

Lynn Arts

25 Exchange Street , Lynn, MA 1901

Lynn Auditorium

3 City Hall Square , Lynn, MA 1901

Lynn Heritage State Park

, Lynn, MA 1901

Lynn Museum

590 Washington Street , Lynn, MA 1901

Lynn Public Library

5 N Common Street , Lynn, MA 1901

Lynn Woods

, Lynn, MA 1905

Lynn/Nahant Beach Reservation

One Elliot Circle , Lynn, MA 1902

Mary Baker Eddy Historic House 1875-1882

1125 Boylston Street , Lynn, MA 1902

Red Rock Park

One Elliot Circle , Lynn, MA 1910