As a residential suburb of Boston, Lynn Harbor is not known for its tourist attractions. Despite this, Lynn Harbor offers more than 3.2 kilometers (two miles) of beaches and boardwalks. Hikers and mountain bikers will find plenty of trails, and golfers will enjoy the Gannon Golf Course in Lynn Woods Reservation, the second biggest municipal part in the United States. The Lynn Museum and Historical Society Visitor Center is a great place to learn about Lynn Harbor's history and development, and the High Rock Tower and Observatory offers wonderful views of the night sky.
Lynn Harbor has a humid continental climate with maritime influences. Summers are wet and warm. Winters are snowy and cold. Spring and fall are generally mild, but weather conditions can vary dramatically. Winter can bring Nor'easters with lots of snow and rain. Fog is common in the spring and early summer, and tropical storms can threaten Lynn Harbor in late summer or early autumn. Even though the temperature can be warm in the summer, water temperatures are usually cold. Temperatures in Lynn Harbor range from an average high of 23°C (74°F) in July to an average low of -1.5°C (29°F) in January.
The Lynn Woods Reservation has offered recreation and natural beauty to residents and visitors since it was founded in 1881. The 890-hectare forest park has more than 48 kilometers (30 miles) of scenic trails and nature walks that invite running, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, and cross-country skiing. Three large ponds that are city reservoirs enhance the natural forest scenery.
Dungeon Rock, a popular underground tunnel, recalls Lynn Harbor's history of pirates and treasure hunters. The park also has the beautiful Rose Garden, the Houghton Horticultural Garden, and an Amphitheater. The 180-acre, 18-hole Gannon Golf Course is also located within the Lynn Woods Reservation. The park has two picnic areas, and it is a popular spot for local events, tours, and programs.
The High Rock Park Tower and Observatory in Lynn Harbor houses a 12-inch Meade telescope that offers views or Saturn's rings, Jupiter's moons, and many miracles of the night sky. It presents close-up views of the moon's surface. The almost 26-meter (85-foot) tower and observatory sits at the peak of High Rick, towering above the Lynn City Hall and downtown. Long ago, High Rock was a Pawtucket meeting place. Renowned chief Nanapashemet was headquartered there. The tower and observatory were built in 1906 and have been recently renovated.
Since it was founded in 1897, the Lynn Museum and Historical Society has been dedicated to collecting and preserving artifacts from Lynn Harbor's history. The Museum's collection contains over 17 thousand objects dating from the first settlers to the present. The collections include paintings by both local and national artists, folk art, textiles, and artifacts that arrived with the many immigrants who have made Lynn Harbor their home. The collection highlights the important role the shoe industry played in the city's history. Museum exhibits are open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from noon until 4pm and Thursday from noon until 8pm. General admission is $5, and children less than 12 years of age are admitted free.