Revere Things to Do
Giant Kites on Revere Beach
Sometimes people come to Revere Beach with gigantic kites, which you can't fly without a harness. A lot of fun to watch, and even more fun if you get a chance to try it. You'll also find some of this on Long Beach in nearby Nahant.
This is the oldest public beach in the United States. It became a big attraction before 1900, and quickly became well known for the amusement park (particularly the Cyclone roller coaster, built in 1927, climbing to 100 feet and attaining 50 MPH--this was a big deal back then), the food stands (there are a few now, but the only one that remains from long ago is Kelly's--and even that one only appeared in 1951), and the ballrooms (pretty much all gone).
Revere Beach started going downhill in the 1950s. The blizzard of 1978 destroyed it completely, though by that time most of the buildings on it were abandoned anyway. After a good amount of work by the Metropolitan District Commission, the beach was reopened in 1992 and remains open now. Its new life force is residential apartment buildings. I remember the rusting remains of the amusement park in the early to mid 1990s, but they've now been removed.
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Kelly's Roast Beef and Seafood: Dinner at the beach
This Kelly's location is a must visit! Walk up take out only, they have a few picnic tables on site. They have been serving roast beef on the beach since 1951 - but many go for the seafood too. Grab your food and walk across the street to one of the seating areas - watch out for the seagulls, they will happily steal your food. Summer evenings and weekends can mean long waits - on street parking only. Take a walk on the beach after dinner (dogs allowed on beach between October and May only).
Favorite Dish: I am not a big seafood or roast beef eater so my favorites are the tuna sandwich (served on a toasted hot dog roll), the fish sandwich and they really have the best grilled cheese! Onion rings are a must.Related to:
Kelly's Roast Beef: Old Revere Beach
From before 1900 until the 1950s-60s, there were lots of food stands on Revere Beach. Kelly's appeared in 1951, right as the situation was about to deteriorate. Somehow, it held on. It's now the only food stand that remains from that period, and I'm willing to bet they went through some really hard times in the 1970s and 80s. I haven't met anybody who can recall that, though. "The line at Kelly's never ends" is the current folk wisdom, and in fact, if you drive through the darkness of Revere Beach at 3 AM in the wintertime, you'll often find not just a line but a long one in front of Kelly's. It defies all logic, but that's the way it is.
Kelly's has now become a chain, having opened in Saugus, Natick, Danvers and Medford, but for me, the feel of Kelly's as a food stand on the beach is one of the most important things about it, so I don't go to the others.
Favorite Dish: I'd have trouble picking just one thing, but Hester had no problem. The first question as soon as we leave the airport is "could we go to Kelly's and get a buffalo chicken wrap?"
Three Yolks Breakfast & Lunch: NO LONGER AROUND
NEVER MIND. THREE YOLKS HAS CLOSED PERMANENTLY, AND PAINTED OVER THEIR SIGN. SORRY, FOLKS. I GUESS WE CAN BE THANKFUL THAT IT STAYED AFLOAT AS LONG AS IT DID.
Three Yolks Breakfast & Lunch has the misfortune of being on the wrong side of the road. It would be great for morning commuters, but there's no access to it from 1A south, which is the way to Boston. The only access is from 1A north, which is packed during the afternoon--not morning--commute.
Another difficulty in ever trying the food here is that it closes pretty early in the afternoon. Try to catch it when it's open.
If you're going north in the morning for some reason or other, you could get a really cheap breakfast here. The signs on it look like they're from the 1950's, and the prices really do, too. The breakfast I usually get here is filling and costs me $2.68.Related to:
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