Living and Visiting

Living in and Visiting Cohasset

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Cohasset is a beautiful and unique coastal town with a rich history and filled with significant historical sites and spectacular views.  The Town covers a nine square mile area and is home to just over 7,000 residents.  Cohasset is just a short drive from Boston with access to a variety of modes of transportation such as the commuter railway, commuter boats, and Route 3A which bisects the town allowing for an easy driving commute, making it a great and convenient location to both live and visit.  


Along the shore line of Cohasset are facilities for sailing, boating, beaching, nature areas, and quality restaurants -Sure to have something for the whole family to enjoy.  Cohasset's village center has the ideal New England look and feel with beautiful picturesque views.  The village center and common includes historical buildings and landmarks in between the specialty shops and restaurants.  


Below are some of the most popular locations and sites to see while in Cohasset.  For information on the business district of Cohasset - dining, hotels, shops, etc. - Please visit the Cohasset Chamber of Commerce





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All Beaches are accessible with an "All Facilities" Permit Sticker - Please contact the Town Clerk for more information about the "All Facilities" Sticker


  • Sandy Beach

    • Cohasset's most popular swimming beach
    • Has over 300 feet of beautifully maintained sandy coast line
    • Operated and Maintained by the Cohasset Conservation Commission 
  • Black Rock Beach

    • A short dive down the coast line from Sandy Beach  
    • 150 feet of Coast line in Cohasset


  • Bassings Beach

    • Located in the heart of Cohasset Harbor 
    • Accessible only by boat
    • Popular swimming beach and boat anchoring location   



Trails and Parks


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  • Wheelwright Park

    • The 232 acres of protected and conserved deep forest habitat
    • Towering trees, vernal pools, nature sanctuary, and glacial boulders support a wide array of plants and animals such as deer, fox, over nineteen species of birds, a variety of flora, fiddleheads, and many others
    • Wheelwright park contains a skating pond, benches and tables, outdoor fire places, and over 4,000 feet of enhanced trails and paths


  • Wompatuck State Park

    • Just under a 40 minute drive from downtown Boston, this state park offers 262 wooded campsites - 140 of which have electricity - water accessibility is available, Mt. Blue Spring is a popular free source of drinking water for visitors   
    • 12 miles of paved bike and recreational paths
    • Multiple ponds, and a large reservoir offer boating (non-motorized) and fishing opportunities
    • Numerous recreational opportunities including camping, fishing, non-motorized boating, biking, hiking, horseback riding trails, and more



  • Whitney Woods

    • Whitney and Thayer Woods offer 10 miles of trails and carriage roads which meander through hardwood forests and open fields lines with rhododendrons, azaleas, and other beautiful blooming flowers and shrubs.
    • Along these trails are glacial boulders and awe-inspiring views found on top of Turkey Hill which is located within the park 
    • The Park is co-managed by Cohasset and Hingham - adjacent to the park is Weir River Farm (Hingham) which sits on acres of beautiful grassland.  The Farm is family friendly and a great place to visit



  • Turkey Hill 

    • 62 acres of beautiful wooded land is co-managed by Cohasset and Hingham. 
    • The hill has a 187 foot summit which offers spectacular views


Around Town


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  • Minot's Light Replica

    • The replica of Minot's Light is located on Government Island on Cohasset Harbor and is a piece of local history.
    • After the Minot Light house infamously fell in 1851, a replica of the top of the lighthouse was constructed using the same granite stones of the original.  The memorial at the replica light elaborates on the full story and history about the lighthouse.


  • Captain John Smith Memorial

    • The John Smith Memorial signifies the founding of Cohasset Harbor in 1614 by Captain John Smith 
    • Located right on the edge of Cohasset Harbor there are benches and a pavilion which overlooks the harbor


  • Holly Hill Farm

    • Cohasset's only working Farm
    • Great for families of all ages - non-profit education center serves as an outdoor classroom
    • Certified organic vegetable, flowers, and herbs - available to the public
    • 130 acres of wooded land with marked trails which is adjacent to Wheelwright Park


  • Cohasset Village Common

    • Adjacent to the historic First Parish Church and the Cohasset Town Hall, the Common is a beautiful green space with a small pond surrounded by benches ideal for a relaxing afternoon
    • In the summer months the Common plays host to a weekly farmers market and annual South Shore Arts Festival



  • South Shore Music Circus

    • The South Shore Music Circus brings in world-class entertainment for over 60 years
    •  Dating back to 1932, the Music Circus has emerged as a popular destination for patrons and performers alike.  The venue provides a relaxed ambiance and an intimate theatre experience where every seat is within 50 feet of the stage.
    • For event information please visit the South Shore Music Circus' website at: , or visit the box office at the Music Circus itself which is located on 130 Sohier Street.
  • Paul Pratt Memorial Library

    • The Paul Pratt Memorial Library serves as a gateway to knowledge, a stimulant to creative imagination, and a resource for the community as a whole
    • The Staff is committed to offering high quality information, resources, and programs to the Cohasset community and beyond.  The library works to ensure that all citizens and visitors have equal access to information, that all persons are welcomed and served by professional staff dedicated to providing outstanding services.
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