One of the nation’s oldest cities, this seaside town touts 21 miles of shoreline and direct ferry access to Boston’s business districts
Settled by English colonists in the early 1600s, Hingham is one of the nation's oldest towns, and its government dedicates itself to maintaining the area's heritage. Historic monuments gleam in the sunlight, antique homes are well-preserved, and plaques denoting historical significance adorn the city's lasting colonial-era buildings. This beautiful seaside town is one of only two with direct ferry access to Boston's booming business districts, making it an excellent place for commuters, especially those who prefer a more scenic route to work.
A former industrial fishing center, residents enjoy many maritime activities from the town's 21 miles of shoreline. While Hingham is best known for its coastal location and historical significance, inland is lush with vegetation, forests, and parks. The town has consistently been dubbed Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation because of its commitment to tree care.
There is a special kind of cadence to life in Hingham. Residents revel in the town's simple pleasures, from leisurely strolls through World's End with its spectacular views of Boston's skyline to morning bike rides around the picturesque downtown. A peaceful, family-oriented suburb tucked away from the city's hustle and bustle, Hingham is an excellent place for those seeking an easygoing lifestyle surrounded by nature.
Spacious family homes (inside and outside) line the safe, tree-lined streets, many of which are leftover from a bygone era yet are well-preserved and tout modern interiors. Architectural styles vary, ranging from Cape Cod to Colonial. There are even some newly built waterfront condos, such as the Avalon community near the Launch at Hingham Shipyard.
You'll find a range of excellent shops and restaurants throughout Hingham, whether it be on Derby Street, the Hingham Shipyard, or on Hingham's historic Main Street.
Blending classic New England style with the unique seaside lifestyle, the Derby Street Shops are a sophisticated yet playful area with more than 65 spots to shop, dine, and explore. Pets are allowed along the sidewalks and lush open spaces. Derby Street also regularly hosts festive family events, and the Hidden Pond tucked behind Whole Foods Market is the perfect place for a picnic.
Sprawling across more than 210,000 square feet of retail, dining, entertainment, and office space, the Launch at Hingham Shipyard lets residents experience boardwalk ambiance.
Downtown Hingham stretches from Main Street to the idyllic Hingham Harbor. An assortment of restaurants, shops, museums, professional services, churches, and more stretch from end to end. Here you'll find the "home of the perfect pint,” quaint Irish tavern The Snug Pub, and an American bistro called The Square Cafe. Bloomy Rind sells delicious gourmet sandwiches, including the "fanciest grilled cheese ever," the truffle-pressed fromage (truffle butter, gouda, brie, with fontina on brioche).
Tosca is an authentic Italian fine-dining fixture located close to its casual sister restaurant, Caffe Tosca. Along with boasting the South Shore's most extensive beer list and a wide-ranging lunch and dinner menu, Stars also serves an award-winning breakfast spread.
Hingham is a close-to-nature town where residents are encouraged to visit the many well-maintained and beautiful local parks, including Bare Cove, More Brewer, Whitney Woods, and Wompatuck State Park. World's End Reserve is a 241-acre park and conservation area situated on the Hingham peninsula. Composed of four drumlins, World's End encompasses tree groves, butterfly fields, and 4.5 miles of walking trails. Best of all, visitors can see breathtaking views of the Boston skyline. It's a popular spot for cross-country skiing, bicycling, hiking, bird-watching, and jogging.
Hingham's Bathing Beach is a small harbor beach with a cozy tree alcove offering great shade and kayaking space. Construction recently finished on the Snack Shack project, allowing guests a spot to grab sustenance in the form of lobster rolls, ice cream, hot dogs, fruit drinks, and more.
The best attended and most anticipated event in Hingham is the annual Independence Day Parade and subsequent fireworks. The parade starts near Hingham High School before working its way down Main Street and ending at Station Street.
As the third-oldest farmers' market in Massachusetts, the Hingham Farmers' Market sponsors 35-40 vendors every week from early May to the weekend before Thanksgiving. Guests will find locally grown produce, fresh seafood, meat and poultry, flowers, baked goods, honey, jellies, jams, sauces, and more. Each week a handful of curated artisans round out the market scene.
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