region of Massachusetts in the United States

The South Shore of Massachusetts is a geographic region stretching south and east from Boston along the coast of Cape Cod Bay toward Cape Cod.

Cities and townsEdit

 
Map of South Shore (Massachusetts)
  • 1 Abington  
  • 2 Braintree - Gateway to the South Shore, home to South Shore Plaza
  • 3 Bridgewater - Home of Bridgewater State University.
  • 4 Brockton - The "City of Champions" largely because of its boxing native sons.
  • 5 Carver - A fast-growing residential town in cranberry country.
  • 6 Cohasset - Home of South Shore Music Circus.
  • 7 Duxbury - A year round seaside community.
  • 8 East Bridgewater
  • 9 Halifax
  • 10 Hanover
  • 11 Hanson
  • 12 Hingham A wealthy bedroom community.
  • 13 Holbrook
  • 14 Hull - Located on narrow Nantasket Peninsula, home to Nantasket Beach and some of the Boston Harbor Islands
  • 15 Kingston - Nearby to Plymouth with its own harbor.
  • 16 Marshfield - A coastal residential and beach town.
  • 17 Middleborough - The second largest town in Massachusetts with some colonial history.
  • 18 Norwell
  • 19 Pembroke  
  • 20 Plymouth - Famous for its Pilgrim history and Plimoth Plantation.
  • 21 Plympton - A small, rural town.
  • 22 Randolph - A city on the I-95 beltway.
  • 23 Rockland - Chain hotels available in this town.
  • 24 Scituate - A coastal town.
  • 25 West Bridgewater
  • 26 Whitman   - Where Toll House cookies were invented.
  • 27 Weymouth - On the Route 3 thoroughfare in the southeastern corner of Greater Boston

Other destinationsEdit

UnderstandEdit

The South Shore region is largely a collection Boston suburban bedroom towns that share in Massachusetts colonial history. Most of the cities and towns were settled in the early 17th century and have historic buildings of that period.

Get inEdit

By planeEdit

Boston's Logan International Airport (BOS IATA) is the closest to this area and has the most flights. Some travelers might use T.F. Green Airport (PVD IATA) in Warwick, RI to avoid traffic congestion or get lower fares.

By trainEdit

MBTA commuter rail services the region through three lines.

The Kingston/Plymouth Line stops in: Braintree, South Weymouth, Abington, Whitman, Hanson, Halifax, Kingston and Plymouth.
The Middleborough/Lakeville Line stops in: Braintree, Brockton (3 stops), Bridgewater, and Middleborough.
The Greenbush Line stops in: Braintree, Weymouth, Hingham, Cohasset, and Scituate

By carEdit

Massachusetts Route 3, the Pilgrim Highway, is a major highway serving the South Shore. Route 24 borders the west side of the region and is a major artery. Both 3 and 24 are accessible from Interstate 95, which borders the region to the north.

By busEdit

By boatEdit

MBTA ferries run between Boston and Quincy, Hingham and Hull. There is ferry service from Provincetown to Plymouth.

Get aroundEdit

By trainEdit

  • Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), [1]. Serves the area with commuter rail lines between South Shore towns and Boston.

By busEdit

SeeEdit

  • Plimoth Plantation, the Mayflower II and Plymouth Harbor in Plymouth.
  • Pilgrim Hall Museum, gallery museum of Plymouth history and the Pilgrims in Plymouth.
  • World's End, part of Boston Harbor Islands in Hingham.
  • A show at South Shore Music Circus in Cohasset.
  • See a play or show at Company Theatre in Norwell.
  • Cranberry harvesting in Carver in September and October.

DoEdit

EatEdit

Seafood is a focus in these coastal towns and proximity to Boston permits a range of fresh ingredients to be used. Mostly likely you will always be no further than 15 miles from a well-trained top notch chef's restaurant.

Also a local specialty is “bar pizza” a 10-inch thin-crust pizza mainly served at bars and pubs including Lynwood’s in Randolph, O’Tools in Whitman, Town Spa in Stoughton and Cape Cod Cafe in Brockton. Consumers have very vociferous opinions about which establishment has the best.

DrinkEdit

Stay safeEdit

Go nextEdit

Boston, Cape Cod and the North Shore are only an hour away.


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