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Massachusetts South Shore and Southern Coast

Picture of Scituate Lighthouse

Scituate Lighthouse

The South Shore of Massachusetts encompasses the towns and cities that stretch from the Boston City limits, south along Massachusetts Bay and Cape Cod Bay to Cape Cod. Along the way it encompasses the communities of (from north to south):

  • Quincy
  • Hull
  • Weymouth
  • Hingham
  • Cohasset
  • Scituate
  • Marshfield
  • Duxbury
  • Kingston
  • Plymouth

Many of the communities in the South Shore are among Boston’s most desirable suburbs.

The southern coast of Massachusetts encompasses the area from Cape Cod along Buzzards Bay to the border with Rhode Island. Along the way you encounter the communities of (from east to west):

  • Wareham
  • Marion
  • Mattapoisett
  • Fairhaven
  • New Bedford
  • Dartmouth
  • Westport
Picture of the USS Massachusetts in Battleship Cove

USS Massachusetts in Battleship Cove

The South shore and southern coast have many interesting attractions for anyone traveling to the region, including:

  • Arts attractions – Such as the South Shore Art Center in Cohasset, the South Shore Music Circus also in Cohasset, and the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center in New Bedford.
  • Beaches – There are numerous beaches along the South Shore including Wollaston Beach in Quincy, Nantasket Beach in Hull, Rexhame and Humarock Beaches in Marshfield, and White Horse Beach in Plymouth to name a few.
  • Historical Attractions – The first place colonized by the Pilgrims, Plymouth, is home to everything Pilgrim. In Plymouth you will find Plymouth Rock, the Mayflower II, and the very popular Plimoth Plantation.
  • Lighthouses – Such as Scituate Lighthouse that was the lighthouse in the United States when it went into operatin in 1811.
  • Maritime attractions – Such as the Heavy Cruiser USS Salem in Quincy, the previously mentioned Mayflower II in Plymouth, the Battleship Massachusetts and other warships in Battleship Cove in Fall River (just north of the south coast on Mt. Hope Bay), and the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park and New Bedford Whaling Museum.
  • State Parks – Such as Myles Standish State Forest, Massachusetts’ second largest state forest, Ellisville Harbor State Park also in Plymouth, and the Horseneck Beach State Reservation in Westport.

Photo credits: The picture of Scituate Lighthouse is by T.S. Custadio from Wikipedia. It s licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 License.

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