It might be cold out, but these South Shore spots are some of our favorites and worth bundling up for! Take the whole family on a hike or beach walk during February Vacation.
This is the second post in our Winter Activities Series. View the first post, filled with more fun indoor and outdoor activities. We also created a printable PDF of all the activities we are sharing in this series. Use it to keep busy next week or as a Winter bucket list!
South Shore Walking Trails
Holly Hill Farm - 236 Jerusalem Road, Cohasset; 781-383-6565
This is family-friendly teaching farm is set on beautiful conservation land in Cohasset. They are hosting a variety of fun winter activities this year including: Guided Winter Walks, Rent-a-Firepit (with S’mores), Story Hour for Kids, and a Full Moon Stroll and Owl Prowl. Visit their website to learn more about the farm and to pre-register for upcoming events at hollyhillfarm.org/events.
Weir River Farm - 140 Turkey Hill Lane, Hingham
Weir River Farm is a 75-acre working farm with walking trails, Open Barnyard hours where you can visit the animals, and a Storybook Stroll. They are open to the public but you must pre-register. The next Open Barnyard will be on Tuesday, February 16th. Private Barnyard tours are also available.Information and registration links can be found at their website.
Up for a challenge and some fresh air? Try the South Shore Reindeer Quest, a self-guided scavenger hunt where children can look for wooden reindeer hidden along the paths in 5 different locations across the South Shore. The reindeers were created by Girls Scout and Cub Troops from Hingham, Norwell and Scituate. Each reindeer has a QR code attached which you can scan to reveal the unique personality of your new-found friend. Reindeer Quest is taking place from January 17 – February 28, 2021.
- World’s End in Hingham (pre-registration required for parking)
- Whitney & Thayer Woods in Hingham and Cohasset
- Weir River Farm in Hingham
- Norris Reservation in Norwell
- Two-Mile Farm in Marshfield
Best Beach Walks
Duxbury Beach Park - 260 Gurnet Rd, Duxbury
Take a walk and look for Snowy Owls along Duxbury Beach. We haven’t had any luck finding them yet, but it is still a nice reason to get outdoors. Without the summer crowds, the beach is even more beautiful this time of year. If you're lucky enough to view the owls, please make sure you follow all viewing guidelines, stay off the dunes and keeping a safe and respectful distance from the birds. For more information, view these recent articles from the Patriot Ledger and the Duxbury Clipper.
Nantasket Beach - 176 Nantasket Avenue, Hull
We like to bundle up and go for a beach walk at Nantasket Beach. What makes Nantasket special is you can grab some provisions at any of the local coffee shops or restaurants before crossing the street to the beach. At low tide you can walk along the sand. At high tide, you can walk along the walkway next to the seawall overlooking the ocean. Last time we were there at high tide, we were able to watch the winter surfers brave the elements while catching waves along the shore.
Stay tuned for the next two posts in this series including the best local sledding hills and ideas for a safe and fun day trip to Boston!