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Scituate by Neighborhood

Welcome to scenic Scituate, the perfect town for that old-fashioned Sunday drive. Arriving in Scituate from the north, you will be welcomed into North Scituate Village. North Scituate is a lovely small business district featuring many thriving local businesses. Take a look at Board 143 for a snack or get local surfing secrets (and gear!) at Nor’easter Surf Shop. It’s also home to the historic (and public) Mordecai Lincoln Mill and Homestead.

Driving east you’ll enjoy a scenic tour of the village of Minot, a small enclave of homes with a rich history often referred to as the Irish Riviera. Meander through the streets and do not miss the drive along Glades Road for the ocean views and the perfect sighting of Minot’s Ledge Light flashing 1-4-3.

Leaving Minot and driving south on Hatherly Road will lead you along the coast and past Egypt Beach and Scituate’s “alphabet streets” (starting with Curtis and ending with Jay) and the thickly settled neighborhoods of Shore Acres and Sandhills along the waterside. When you reach the harbor at Jericho Road, make sure to take a left and head out to Scituate’s iconic lighthouse. You can park and enjoy the view, walk out the breakwater and, often find one of the many local food trucks.  Once you have experienced that vista, double back and head into Scituate Harbor. This would be a great time to pick from one of the many outstanding restaurants for a bite to eat or pick up a souvenir. Along the harbor front, there are viewing platforms and benches to enjoy the scenery and check out the boats in the marina.

The Harbor is part of a designated Massachusetts Cultural District.  Often there are special exhibits at the Scituate Arts Association. band concerts, and other special events. Once you’ve checked out the Harbor, head south on Front Street. If you turn left at the beautiful Saint Mary’s of the Nativity church, you will head out to the First and Second Cliff neighborhoods.  There you can see beautiful oceanfront homes, the Stellwagon Bank National Marine Sanctuary headquarters, and Peggotty Beach.  Heading back across the causeway, turn left and continue down the Driftway. You’ll find Third Cliff neighborhood up among the hills along the ocean and a beautiful walking path as the road bends west leading to the Greenbush neighborhood.

Greenbush Village is a vibrant live/work/play area of Scituate. Located along the Driftway and Country Way near the 3A rotary. Along the Driftway, you will see stunning views of the North River as it meanders toward the Atlantic Ocean. Pull into the kayak launch site and walk out on the pier to truly enjoy this view.  The Greenbush area is home to many exciting stops including the Maritime and Irish Mossing Museum, Widow’s Walk Golf Course,  Untold Brewing for local craft beer and BirchBarn Designs, home to artisan gifts and hand crafted furniture as well as many other dining and shopping opportunities. Don’t miss stopping by the Stockbridge Grist Mill, the oldest grist mill in the nation, located right in Greenbush.

Unique to Scituate is that the final neighborhood on your tour can only be accessed through the Town of Marshfield! Humarock was separated from Scituate along the coast by the Portland Gale of 1898 but is still a beloved Scituate neighborhood. Mostly a summer community, Humarock has a variety of old summer shacks and new, upgraded homes all squeezed in between the South River and the Atlantic Ocean. Many neighbor/family centered activities on or along the beach are treasured memories for residents. Perhaps the greatest is the “Horribles Parade”, a bittersweet celebration of a summer paradise held annually on Labor Day Weekend as another season comes to an end. End your visit with a pint at The Voyage Irish Pub.