Hanson is a small South Shore town with a quaint, rural feel. Conveniently located about 27 miles south of Boston and about 12 miles from the beach, Hanson offers the best of both worlds. It has a variety of ponds, wooded areas, and cranberry bogs, which create a beautiful backdrop and are perfect sites for outdoor enthusiasts to explore. Hanson residents enjoy the benefits of country living, while still having all the everyday amenities nearby. It is just a short drive to grocery stores, superstores (Target/Walmart), banks, schools, restaurants, shopping centers, and the MBTA Commuter Rail Station which is located right in town.
Hanson is part of the Whitman-Hanson Regional School District. It is home to approximately 3,583 students with a 15.5 to 1 student-teacher ratio. There are seven different schools in the Whitman-Hanson School District— Hanson students attend the Indian Head Elementary School for K-4th grade, the Hanson Middle School for 5th-8th grade, and the Whitman-Hanson Regional High School for 9th-12th grade. Whitman-Hanson High School was built in 2005 and has state-of-the-art classrooms, a large performing arts theater, fitness center, tennis courts, and fields. For more in-depth information about the Whitman-Hanson Public School System, please visit the Whitman-Hanson Public Schools Website or check out the Whitman-Hanson District Profile on the Massachusetts State Government Page.
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Hanson has a variety of nice restaurants. Local favorites include The Olde Hitching Post, Damien’s Pub, Café Deli, Connie’s Restaurant, The Meadowbrook Restaurant, and Venus III. Connie’s and Café Deli are go-to breakfast spots; the Old Hitching Post and The Meadowbrook are perfect for a nice, quiet sit-down meal; and Damien’s Pub, Venus III, and The Tavern at the Post are both great for those looking to watch a game, listen to music, socialize with friends, or just enjoy a lively night out. Heidi’s Hollow Farm is the best ice cream shop in town. Their vast menu includes 42 hard serve flavors, soft serve, non-dairy hard serve, frozen yogurt, sherbets & sorbets, specialty drinks, and sundaes. It is a hidden gem and local favorite! To learn more about our favorite Hanson restaurants, check out our Why We Love Hanson blog.
There are multiple ponds for fishing, boating, and swimming in Hanson. Indian Head Pond is a large pond that is perfect for fishing, paddling, ice skating, and ice fishing. Wampatuck Pond, which is located behind town hall, is a 62-acre manmade pond with a boat ramp for canoes, kayaks, and small powerboats-- perfect for fishing and paddling. Camp Kiwanee is a 68-acre campground and function venue owned by the town of Hanson. The Hanson Park and Recreation Department uses the camp as a site for a variety of recreational activities throughout the year including yoga, movie nights, paint nights, drama and music programs, and fishing programs. Families enjoy playing on the sandy shores and swimming in Cranberry Cove on Maquan Pond during the summer. Swimming lessons and kayak rentals are available on site.
Hanson also has a variety of forests and wooded areas that are ideal for walking and biking. There are walking trails available at Walton J. Smith Reserve with paths running along a retired cranberry bog and through the surrounding woods. There are additional trails near Wampatuck Pond in Veteran’s Memorial Town Forest. Burrage Pond Wildlife Management Area is another popular hiking and mountain biking destination in Hanson. There are 15 miles of bike trails and a flat 3.3-mile (out and back) trail with the pond on one side and retired cranberry bogs on the other.
Hanson also has 3.5 acres of active cranberry bogs right in town. The bogs make a beautiful backdrop, offering scenic views, and add to the country feel. Locals enjoy watching the Ocean Spray cranberries grow and change color throughout the year. Many gather to observe the red tide each fall and watch the much-anticipated Cranberry Harvest each year.
Hanson hosts a variety of fun community events throughout the year. Some of the local favorites include the Annual Thanksgiving Day football game against Abington, the Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony at Town Hall, Damien’s Freaky 5K (a Halloween themed road race), and the Camp Kiwanee Fishing Derby. Hanson also has strong youth sports programs and great community spirit.
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