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South Shore Massachusetts Towns

Updated on February 16, 2011

South of Boston: South Shore Massachusetts Towns, Beaches, Things to Do and Historical Sites

The South Shore of Massachusetts is an area stretching from south of Boston to Cape Cod, and includes the towns of Hingham, Hull, Cohasset, Scituate, Marshfield, Pembroke, Norwell, Hanover, Weymouth, Duxbury, Kingston and Plymouth. Other towns are sometimes included in with these towns. With a flavor all its own, the South Shore has beautiful beaches, great restaurants, and many historical sites. Find more information on each of these South Shore towns here, including videos, things to do, photos, recommendations, places to stay, and more!

Intro photo of Bug Light, Plymouth by flickr user Mr TGT under Creative Commons 2.0.

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Waves at Nantasket Beach - Watch some of the waves Nantasket is known for

Books on the South Shore - The latest offerings from Amazon

Here are some books on the South Shore, ranging from reproductions of long out of print books to photographic journals of towns like Hull, Cohasset and Plymouth:

Duxbury Beach - One of the South Shore's most popular beaches

A video from the Patriot Ledger about Duxbury Beach.

Holiday Inn Rockland

The Holiday Inn is located on Route 228 (Hingham St.) in Rockland. It is directly off Route 3, convenient to both Boston and Cape Cod. Also nearby is the Italian restaurant Bella's, as well as many more restaurants further east on 228 heading towards Hingham.

Comfort Inn Rockland, Rockland,MA

The Comfort Inn is also located on Route 228, across from the Dunkin' Donuts in Rockland. Located on Hingham Street, this is also right off the highway and adjacent to the other hotels in Rockland.

Best Western Rockland, MA

The Best Western in Rockland is in the general area of the rest of the Rockland hotels, right on Route 228. A great location for trips north or south, and a good stopping point.

Hotels in Plymouth

Plymouth is approximately 25 minutes south of Hanover along Route 3. Plymouth is a convenient town for travel between both Cape Cod and Boston, as well as the South Shore area. Stop by the Mayflower II, stroll along the historic waterfront, take a harbor cruise, or take a whale watch on Cape Cod Bay in Plymouth. There's plenty to do in Plymouth, especially in the warmer months of the year. Plymouth also has a vibrant downtown area with shops, restaurants, and cafes. Here are some hotels in Plymouth, MA, along with some information on each hotel:

Plymouth Comfort Inn

The Plymouth Comfort Inn is located not on the waterfront, but about a mile inland to the west. The waterfront area is a quick drive or walk from the Comfort Inn. Also nearer to the hotel is the downtown area. It is located conveniently off Route 3, which heads to both Cape Cod and Boston.

Hampton Inn & Suites Plymouth, MA

The Hampton Inn & Suites is located in the Route 44 shopping area in Plymouth known as Colony Place. This part of Plymouth is about 2 miles from the downtown Plymouth area, with ample parking and a Bertucci's restaurant, Starbucks, Wal-Mart, Olive Garden, and other shops and restaurants in the outdoor shopping area. Route 44 also leads to I-495.

Hilton Garden Inn Plymouth MA

The Hilton Garden Inn at Plymouth MA is located at Exit 5 off of Long Pond Rd. in Plymouth. It is south of the waterfront area, but still only approximately 3 miles from the waterfront and downtown. Also adjacent to the Hilton Garden Inn at Plymouth are restaurants like Bugaboo Creek Steakhouse, Uno Pizzeria, and the Shops at Five. One of the best reviewed hotels in the Plymouth area.

M is for Mayflower - A childrens book about Massachusetts

M Is For Mayflower: A Massachusetts Alphabet (Discover America State by State)
M Is For Mayflower: A Massachusetts Alphabet (Discover America State by State)

It's the perfect bedtime reading book to get them to sleep fast, all while learning about the Bay State! Features fun facts and illustrations about Massachusetts, by author Cynthia Furlong Reynolds.


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      Joanie Ruppel 5 years ago from Keller, Texas

      Have only been to Plymouth and can't wait to explore more of the south shore towns! Nice lens!

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      Gosh, there are so many fabulous South Shore Towns, it is difficult to settle on just one! I'd like to make a special trip there and visit each one in person.

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      fullofshoes 5 years ago

      Massachusetts is where I was born and raised and I've spent my life living and traveling throughout all of New England.

      This is a fabulous overview of everything that's great about the South Shore. Your lens made me feel like I was bopping around visiting friends.


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      KateHonebrink 5 years ago

      What a wonderful article - so thorough and so very interesting!! Congrats on being featured on the 50 States monsterboard!

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      ohcaroline 5 years ago

      Looking forward to visiting some of these places. Very useful information.

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      Mary Beth Granger 6 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Great overview of these south shore towns. I've only been to Plymouth and it was many years ago...l'll have to put this on my list for my next east. Blessed.

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      KarenTBTEN 7 years ago

      This lensography is useful as well as visually appealing. Blessed by a SquidAngel.

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      KimGiancaterino 7 years ago

      This is a wonderful series, especially for someone living on the west coast. Boston was my first east coast town experience, and I've loved Massachusetts ever since.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 7 years ago from United States

      A beautiful lensography! Everything is so well organized and attractive. It definitely makes Massachusetts look like a great place to vacation.

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      Sue Dixon 7 years ago from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK

      This looks like a great place to visit- an what a very informative lens too!

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      Anthony Godinho 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Very well done lens and beautiful pictures - all the best with the Giant challenge! : )

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      KarenTBTEN 7 years ago

      Lovely introduction to the towns in the region.