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South Shore, MA: Best Things to Do

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From quiet beaches and winding hiking trails to expansive golf courses and thought-provoking historical sites, the South Shore has it all. Here is a roundup of the best things to do in Southeastern, Massachusetts.  

1. Best Beaches

Some of the best beaches in Massachusetts can be found on the South Shore. They offer everything from calm waters and secluded sandy paths to picturesque sunsets and suntanned crowds of seasonal visitors. There are beaches like Nantasket Beach in Hull with long stretches of gorgeous coastline and delicious restaurants to enjoy after a day in the sun. There are private beaches for residents only and beaches just steps away from quaint town centers. Whatever beach you choose, you'll spend the day relaxing, reading a book, swimming, resetting, or building sandcastles with your children.   

South Shore beaches are known to charm residents and visitors alike. The coastline here has plenty of space to relax to the sound of crashing waves, a slight breeze upon the beach grass, or the laughter of a friend.

Check out this informative list of South Shore beaches which includes need-to-know information.

South Shore Beaches

2. South Shore Trails for Hiking

Dense, green forests cover a considerable amount of the land in South Shore, Massachusetts. As a result, there is an abundance of scenic hiking trails in all lengths and degrees of difficulty. To enjoy a leisurely woody stroll, head to the Norris Reservation. For adventurer seekers looking for more challenging terrain, hike Blue Hills Reservation

Click here for a list of South Shore hiking trails.

South Shore Trails and Hiking

3. South Shore Boating or Fishing

The South Shore offers some of the best spots for boating, water sports, and fishing. The towns that flank the coastline border miles of ocean access. In addition, there are a multitude of rivers and ponds that meander in and out of many of the towns.  If you are looking to get out on the water, you can rent a boat (or bring your own) to explore the winding North or South rivers that flow from Hanover in the west to Scituate, Marshfield, and Kingston in the east. 

If you want to fish, you can do so in the rivers, the ponds, or out at sea, where a day's catch might land you a coveted striped bass or bluefish. Before you cast your line, you'll need to buy a fishing license. If you are 15 or older, it's required in Massachusetts. 

Check out this list of top South Shore fishing and boating locations.

South Shore Lifestyle

4. South Shore Golf Courses

There are over 50 South Shore golf courses - from public courses like Widow’s Walk in Scituate to Black Rock Country Club, a private course in Hingham, MA. Many are 18-hole courses with over 5,000 square yards of pure green beauty. The green fees can range from $40 to $60 depending on the course and day of the week.  

Here is a list of some of the best South Shore golf courses along with associated information. 

South Shore golf courses

5. South Shore Shopping

If you're looking for retail therapy, South Shore shops will satisfy your every desire for fashion and luxury. Check out Hingham’s Derby Street or head to the quaint town centers where you will also find unique stores that offer hard to find clothing and gifts. For instance, be sure to visit historic Hingham Square or Cohasset Village.  

6. Historical Sites

South Shore, Massachusetts is known for its rich history. After all, this is where the pilgrims first landed and settled. For starters, be sure to check out the Plimoth Patuxet Museums. Then, visit the South Shore towns which served as home to key figures in the American Revolution. These include John Adams and John Quincy Adams (the nation’s second and sixth president). Accordingly, the South Shore is full of famous landmarks like Plymouth Rock and famous buildings like Hingham's Old Ship Church — the nation’s oldest wooden church in regular use. Here is a list of some historic museums, houses, and landmarks along the South Shore. And, here are the 21 must-see historic sites in Boston.

Another great thing to do is to visit the many light houses dotting the coastline. These include Scituate Lighthouse and Minots Ledge. Here's a handy map to tour all of the Massachusetts light houses.

Scituate Lighthouse

Whether you are looking to live in one of the South Shore's many peaceful sea-side towns or already call this home, there is something for everyone here. If you are interested in learning more about the area, call the team at Michelle Larnard Real Estate Group. We have in-depth knowledge on all of the distinct communities and are here to help.

South Shore Real Estate

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