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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 towns

Other destinations


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 in

By plane

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

By train

MBTA, [1] 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 car

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 bus

By boat

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

Get around

By train

  • Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), [2]. Serves the area with commuter rail lines between South Shore towns and Boston.
    • Plymouth/Kingston Line, [3]. With stations at South Weymouth, Abington, Whitman, Hanson, Kingston and Plymouth.
    • Middleborough/Lakeville Line, [4]. With stations at Braintree, Holbrook/Randolph, Brockton (3), Bridgewater and Middleborough/Lakeville.

By bus



  • Plimoth Plantation, the Mayflower II and Plymouth Harbor in Plymouth.
  • Pilgrim Hall Museum, gallery museum of Plymouth history and the Pilgrims in Plymouth.
  • 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.


  • Go fishing or on a whale watch in Plymouth.
  • Race a Formula One replica at F1 in Braintree.


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.


Stay safe

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

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