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Singing Beach

About Singing Beach

Singing Beach is just shy of a half-mile wide. The bathhouse was built in the early 1920s and features a small canteen/snack stand which is privately run. There are also men's and women’s restrooms. The men’s restroom features two sinks, two toilet stalls, three urinals, four showers and five changing stalls. The women’s restroom features seven toilet stalls, two sinks, two showers and eight changing stalls. The accessible restroom features a toilet and sink plus a baby changing station. The parking lot features 120 parking spaces. The facility is typically open from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day. From Memorial Day until mid-June, the bathhouse is open on weekends only from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. From mid-June until Labor Day, the bathhouse is open every day from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Non-Resident Parking at the Singing Beach Parking Lot


  • October 15 - April 15 - Non-resident parking in designated spots only;                    Dogs are allowed on the beach during this time.
  • April 15 - June 20 the parking is for residents of Manchester-by-the-Sea only with a resident parking sticker.
  • June 17-Labor Day -Non resident parking permitted with $30 fee Monday through Friday when attendant is on duty and space allows.  Not on Holidays including July 4, 2024.
  • Resident Parking only at all other times.

Additional Parking Information

Non-Resident Parking is $30. Non-resident parking is available weekdays from June 17 until Labor Day - except holidays including July 4 - when staff is on duty collecting the $30 parking fee. Cash and checks are the only forms of payment accepted. Non-resident parking in the Singing Beach lot is limited; once all non-resident spots have been sold, the lot becomes resident-only.  Non-Resident Parking is limited and is available only at the Beach Manager's discretion.

The closest non-resident parking is at Masconomo Park, about a half-mile from the beach; a limited number of yellow inside spaces are available to non-residents for 3 hours. Additional 2-hour parking spaces are located in downtown Manchester on Summer Streets near the train station.

In addition, local Boy Scouts sell parking spaces behind the train station for $25 per day on weekends during the summer. Parks and Recreation is not affiliated with the Boy Scouts parking sales, so the Singing Beach walk-on fee still applies to those who pay the Boy Scouts to park (see below). 

Walk-on Fee

Walk-On passes are required for both residents and non-residents ages 12 to 65 at the beach from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day when staff is on duty (9 AM to 5 PM). Passes can not be replaced if lost or stolen, it is the recipient's responsibility. Cash and checks are accepted at the beach. Visitors 65 and older are allowed on the beach for free. 

Summer 2024 Rates

Daily Rate: $10/person 
Seasons Pass: $35/person

 Dogs at Singing Beach

  • Dogs are permitted on Singing Beach October 15 - April 15.
  • Dog owners must always clean up after their dog - no excuses!
  • Dog owners must maintain effective verbal control of their dogs and always be able to see their dogs when they are off-leash.
  • Dogs must wear a collar with identification at all times and be licensed and vaccinated.
  • An owner is personally liable for any damage or injury his dog inflicts or sustains.
  • Each person is limited to a maximum of two dogs.
  • Violators of these rules are subject to removal from the beach as well as a $10 fine for the first offense and a $25 fine for each subsequent offense. Any violation of rules should be promptly reported to the Animal Control Officer at 978-526-1212.

Additional Rules

  • No alcoholic beverages allowed on the beach.
  • Ball playing at right end of beach in marked recreation area only.
  • Recreation area use is at the discretion of lifeguards.
  • Rubber rafts, wind surfers, kayaks, artificial floats, skim boards, boogie boards, etc. are prohibited.
  • Dogs are allowed on any beach in Manchester from October 15 - April 14.
  • No dogs April 16 to October 14.
  • Lifeguards have jurisdiction of beach and swimming area when they are on duty.
  • Climbing and diving off of rocks and island swimming strictly prohibited.
  • Boats must remain 100 feet outside of the designated swim area.
  • No nudity allowed.
  • No open fires permitted. Cooking fires by fire department permit only after 5 p.m.
  • No littering. All rubbish must be placed in trash barrels or dumpster.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns regarding these rules, please contact the Manchester Parks and Recreation Department at 978-526-2019.


From the South (From Route 95/Peabody/Boston)

Take Route 95/128 North. Stay on Route 128, and take Exit 16 (Pine Street/ Manchester exit). Take a Left at the end of the ramp. Follow to the end. Take a Left onto Route 127. You will enter downtown less than  mile from there…follow until you come to an intersection of a gas station, Crosby’s Market, and the Post Office. At this point Route 127 takes a sharp left turn - Do not follow route 127 any further. Continue straight over the railroad tracks onto Beach Street. Follow Beach Street 1/2 a mile to the end. Welcome to Singing Beach.

Parking in Manchester

Parking in Manchester is extremely limited on the weekends. On Saturdays and Sundays, parking at Singing Beach is limited to residents only with valid a Manchester RESIDENT Parking Sticker. There is no non-resident parking at the beach on those days. Beginning Monday June 20th, Non-Residents can pay to park at Singing Beach on Mondays - Fridays if space is available. (Not valid on holidays). The cost to park at Singing Beach is $30 per day. On weekdays if the parking lot is filled or on all weekends additional parking may be available in downtown Manchester. There are some parking spaces at Masconomo Park (near the Train Station), there are 2 hour parking meters throughout the downtown and on Saturdays and Sundays, the Boy Scouts sell parking spaces at the Train Station for $25 per car. Public transportation is highly encouraged. Free parking is available in the Singing Beach Parking Lot between 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.

 By Public Transportation

From Boston (North Station) - Take the Rockport Commuter Rail Line to the Manchester stop. Getting off the train, walk up Beach Street (away from downtown) 1/2 a mile to Singing Beach. Did you know that the Commuter Rail now has a Bike Coach on the Rockport Line so that Bike Enthusiasts can transport their bikes to Manchester with ease and comfort. These specially equipped bike coach, which can accommodate up to 39 bikes and 42 seated passengers, will be available on selected weekend trains only. To view the train schedule including which one have the Bike Coach, click on the list below.