About Magazine Beach

Historic stone Powder Magazine building at Magazine Beach Park in Cambridge
Powder Magazine building

Located along the Charles River in Cambridge, Magazine Beach Park has long been a haven for city residents seeking the outdoors close to home. Thanks to a partnership between Mass Audubon and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), Mass Audubon will bring our Nature in the City initiative to this urban greenspace.

From April to November, Mass Audubon will host drop-in nature programs at the historic Powder Magazine building, which will also serve as a home base for school, family, and adult programming on and around the river.


Spring Hours

  • Saturdays & Sundays, 12:00-7:00 pm (April 16-June 25)

Summer Hours

  • Mondays & Thursdays through Sundays, 12:00-7:00 pm (June 26-September 3)

Neighborhood Naturalist Activities

Explore the nature of the park with Mass Audubon Field Teachers and observe the diversity of plants and animals in the area. We’ll play games, make art, and go on new adventures every session. 

Activities are geared towards ages 6+, and are offered from 3-4pm each day our Nature Center is open


  • Free nature programs for children and adults April-November, along with community events and festivals hosted with Magazine Beach Partners.
  • 17 acres of walking paths, recreation areas, and natural habitats via the Charles River Reservation.
  • Historic stone Powder Magazine building, once a storage location for public and private stores of gunpowder from 1818 until approximately 1863.
  • Launch site for the Head of the Charles regatta every October.


668 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA 02139
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Parking at Magazine Beach is limited. There is a small pullout with free parking on Memorial Drive near the building, as well as a parking lot at the boat landing/sports field near the Boston University (BU) Bridge.

Public Transit

Take the MBTA Green line to the BU Central stop, cross the BU Bridge, and walk to the park just along the Cambridge side of the Charles River. Or take the Red line to the Central Square stop and walk down Magazine Street to the pedestrian footbridge that crosses Memorial Drive.

Thank You to Our Community Partners

Cambridge Community Foundation Logo
Magazine Beach Partners Logo