Located just 25 miles south of Boston, with the beautiful North River to the south, the winding Gulph River to the north and the Atlantic Ocean to the east. Scituate is a quintessential New England coastal town. Its extensive and diverse shoreline offers a spectacular array of scenic vistas and recreational opportunities for residents and visitors.
Incorporated in 1636, Scituate has a fishing history dating even further back to 1633. Today the picturesque, sheltered harbor continues to prosper as a working harbor for a local fishing fleet, as well as a safe haven for many pleasure craft.
The rich history of “Satuit” or “cold brook” has roots back to the Wampanoag Indians and later the “Men of Kent” who incorporated the town that, because of the four dramatic cliffs, closely resembles the shores of Kent, England.
Scituate has four excellent elementary schools, one junior high and one high school offering a variety of innovative and standard programs including work study, special education for the emotionally disturbed and physically handicapped, and adult education. Eighty percent of the town’s high school graduates go on to higher education.
Scituate offers some of the finest beaches along the Massachusetts coast. There are seven and most have resident parking facilities. Scituate also has 3 River ways: the North River, the South River and the Gulph River. In addition to Scituate Harbor, with its bustling downtown feel, there are also 3 other marinas: James Landing, the North River Marina, the South River Yacht Yard and sailing clubs.
For cultural activities, the Scituate Arts Association sponsors a popular Arts Festival in the summer and offers courses throughout the year. Members exhibit their works in the association’s Gallery located at Scituate Harbor.
As a family community, Scituate boasts Heritage Days on the Harbor, Oktoberfest in North Scituate, an annual Carnival, a community Halloween celebration on Front Street and the ever popular and community supported annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade.