Residential seacoast town that effortlessly mixes suburban, rural, and seaside lifestyles
Rural meets seaside in this pleasant seacoast town on the South Shore. Without air service or freeways running through to soil the untouched terrain, Scituate often feels like an exclusive, picturesque alcove tucked away in Plymouth County. Tourists know the town best for its sandy shores, but Scituate's abundance of charms continues into its woodsy residential terrain complemented by babbling brooks and rivers. The Satuit River runs through the town's inner harbor and is how the town name "Scituate'' originated.
The Harbor business district and Town Pier are prime locations for ocean-related recreation like fishing and pleasure boating. Scituate also has several historical sites of interest to entice residents and locals alike, including the Scituate Lighthouse and Stockbridge Mill. A point of pride among the locals is the area's excellent school system that fosters a diverse student body, most of whom pursue higher education.
Scituate is a wholesome, family-friendly, coastal, small town often overlooked by tourists who would rather visit famous spots like Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard. Unfortunately for them, they don't know what they're missing! What Scituate lacks in grandeur, it makes up for in its peaceful, laidback lifestyle and beautiful scenic views. Residents have access to five public beaches and amenities to enjoy popular waterside recreation like boating, surfing, yachting, fishing, and kayaking.
History buffs can visit historic sites like the Scituate Lighthouse, while nature lovers will love taking long walks on the beach or cycling around the town harbor. And even though Scituate isn't known for its nightlife, it still boasts its fair share of unique shops and restaurants, making it an ideal location for young families and retirees.
Most of the best places to eat in Scituate take advantage of the town's coastal setting and reside on the waterfront, offering guests breathtaking views of the harbor. Watch the fishing boats and pleasure crafts slice through the water while you dine on the patio with good friends and great food.
Situated on-site of the original mill, the Mill Wharf is a waterfront eatery serving a range of seafood, pizzas, and casual cuisine. Choose your favorite seafood specialties from the raw bar and pair it with one of their delicious appetizers. The Mill Wharf interior is decorated with historical artifacts and antiques that contrast with the contemporary architecture and cathedral ceilings.
For a more upscale dining experience, visit the minimalist-chic Salt Society, where you can get mouthwatering sushi platters and excellent seafood chowder. Open for lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch, the Salt Society has a delectable array of menu options, including the 3-egg omelet (with cherry tomatoes, truffles, and chives) and the signature burger with truffle fries on the side.
Scituate is also the home of Untold Brewery, a microbrewery with an incredibly diverse spectrum of craft beers. The founder is an area native and likes to use stories from his life and his staff to inspire his beer selections and offerings.
Irish saloon T.K.O. Malley's is a casual watering hole where the staff knows their regulars by name. From here, you can see the harbor, fondly called the "Irish Riviera," by those that frequent this easygoing eatery.
As a coastal town, it's only natural that many of Scituate's most popular activities are water-related or near the Harbor. The Scituate Harbor is a great mixed-use town center with an abundance of restaurants, shops, and entertainment venues. Residential condos and apartments rest atop many of the stores lining Front Street, and nearby neighborhoods are within walking distance of the district. The Harbor was previously voted Best Town Center by Boston Magazine. It's where many local events are held, like First Fridays, Halloween in the Harbor, Holidays of Harbor, Restaurant Week, Heritage Days, and the fabled St. Patrick's Day Parade.
Since more than 50% of Scituate residents are of Irish descent, the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade is a big deal. Held on the third Sunday each March, this parade includes the Annual Mayor's Race, Mad Hatter's Ball, and the St. Pat's Plunge into the Atlantic on Peggotty Beach –– all of which fundraise for charity.
On warm weekends, residents love to visit Scituate's five public beaches: Minot, Sand Hills, Humarock, Egypt, and the aforementioned Peggotty. Each one offers spectacular views of Cape Cod Bay and numerous recreational activities. Seaside villages are all conveniently located a short walk away from at least one of the beaches.
Cedar Point is home to the historic Scituate Light, the country's 11th lighthouse. Construction was completed in 1811. The lighthouse played a pivotal role in the War of 1812 when the lighthouse keeper's daughters played their fife and drum so loudly that invading British soldiers feared the town's militia was out and left without attacking. The Scituate Historical Society frequently hosts lighthouse tours.
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