Located on Boston’s South Shore, the Town of Hanover is 23 miles from the city, 15 miles from Plymouth, and just a short drive from some of New England’s nicest beaches. A combination of open space, woodlands, ponds, rivers, and streams allows Hanover to maintain a classic New England, country feel, while still having access to both big and small businesses along Route 53, 139, and 123. Grocery stores, superstores, banks, restaurants, and shopping centers are located conveniently along these roads. Route 3, with connections to I-93, runs through the town, providing Hanover residents with an easy way to reach Boston and the Cape Cod and Islands.
The Hanover School District is home to four schools and approximately 2,614 students with a 13.2 to 1 student-teacher ratio. Students Pre-K through Grade 1 attend Cedar School, Grades 2 through 4 attend the newly built/renovated Center School, and Grades 5-8 attend Hanover Middle School. From there, students will move on to Hanover High School, a state-of-the-art facility, which was built in 2011. Learn more about the Hanover Public School System view Hanover's Profile on the Massachusetts Government School and District Profile page.
Things to Do in Hanover
Hanover is home to many delicious restaurants. Some local favorites include Tsang’s Village Café, Alba on 53, Epicurean Kitchen, and Crossroads Café and Deli. Tsang’s Village Café is a contemporary style restaurant known for its fabulous Sushi and its fresh take on Chinese and Pan-Asian dishes. Alba on 53 is an upscale Mediterranean steakhouse with a beautiful open kitchen that serves sushi, seafood, and steaks. Epicurean Kitchen offers locally sourced, artisan crafted, soups, salads, sandwiches, and “grab and go” dinner options. Crossroads Café and Deli is open for breakfast and lunch and serves a classic American menu including omelets, eggs, pancakes, French toast, freshly baked quiche, and their signature “Plymouth County” sandwich.
Things to Do
Hanover has a lot to offer in terms of entertainment. It is home to Starland Sportsplex and Fun Park, which is the largest indoor sports complex in New England. It has 8 indoor basketball courts, 2 indoor turf soccer fields, an arcade, batting cages, mini-golf, go-carts, bumper cars, a rock wall, and a Eurobungy. The Emilson YMCA is also in Hanover. It has a state-of-the-art fitness center, indoor and outdoor pools, sports facilities and fields, tennis courts, and more. The YMCA offers a variety of children’s sports programs, swim lessons, summer programs, educational camps, and adult exercise classes. Forge Pond Park is a large outdoor sports complex and community park that has three baseball fields, three softball fields, three multipurpose fields, a bike path, walking trails, and plenty of open space. If you like to shop, there’s a large outdoor shopping center, Hanover Crossing, that is in the process of being built in Hanover. Hanover Crossing will include high-end retail space, restaurants, entertainment venues, and residential units. JC’s Dairy is the perfect place to stop for ice cream on the way home from any outing. JC’s offers a wide variety of frozen treats including Gifford’s hard serve, Richie’s slushies, frappes, sundaes, and unique soft serve flavors such as Orange Vanilla twist or their legendary Coffee Pistachio.
Hanover hosts numerous community-based events throughout the year including an annual Memorial Day Celebration, Hanover Day, Monthly Farmer’s Markets, Food Truck Tuesdays and Thursdays, the Turkey Trot 5K Road Race, and Hanover Four Corner’s Winter Festival. In addition, Hanover offers a variety of school-based programs, library programs, park and recreation activities, senior programs, youth sports, musical productions, gardening expos, parenting workshops, and various fundraisers/galas. There always seems to be something exciting going on in Hanover, which makes it easy for residents of all ages to get involved and engage with other members of the community.