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's 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, and 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.
Things to Do in Hanson
There is a lot to do in Hanson! Hanson is home to some great restaurants, bars, and ice cream shops. There are multiple ponds for fishing, boating, and swimming; a variety of forests and wooded areas with walking trails and bike paths; and 3.5 acres of beautiful cranberry bogs. Hanson also has great youth sports programs and a lot of fun community activities and events planned throughout the year.
Hanson has a variety of restaurants. Some of our personal 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 local favorites for a great sit-down meal. And Damien’s Pub, Venus III, and The Tavern at the Post are both great for watching a game, socializing with friends, and enjoying a fun night out.
- The Café Deli Restaurant - A diner-style restaurant, serving both breakfast and lunch. The breakfast menu includes omelets, pancakes, waffles, French toast, breakfast sandwiches, etc. The lunch menu includes salads, club sandwiches, etc. The diner is family owned and has a very laid back, and friendly atmosphere. Open from 7am – 2:45pm, Monday-Saturday, and from 7am - 1:45pm on Sunday.
- Connie’s Restaurant - Once voted #1 for breakfast by the Brockton Enterprise, Connie’s Restaurant serves up breakfast all-day, but also specializes in seafood for both lunch and dinner. Come to Connie’s for the family-friendly atmosphere, and check out their collection of omelets, French toasts, Belgian waffles, grits, and more! Open Monday thru Thursday from 6 am - 3 pm, Friday from 6 am - 8 pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 6am - 3pm.
- The Olde Hitching Post - The Olde Hitching Post offers a classic New England dining experience with a menu consisting of salads, burgers, sandwiches, pasta, seafood, and of course, house specialties. A perfect place to bring the whole family, guests can choose to eat at The Olde Hitching Post, or the Tavern at the Post complete with an outdoor patio. The Tavern serves the full menu along with signature sangrias and craft cocktails. Occasionally, they also host live musical performances. Open Tuesday - Sunday from 4-9pm (10pm on weekends).
- The Meadowbrook Restaurant - A local favorite, The Meadowbrook Restaurant has an extensive menu consisting of salads, seafood, steaks, Italian food, burgers, and more. Don't miss Burger Night on Mondays! All their burgers are hand-crafted, and their Monday burger menu has just about every burger imaginable, including a selection of non-beef burgers. Open Monday - Saturday at 11am, and at 12pm on Sundays.
- Damien’s Pub - Whether you are looking for a fun night out with friends, a chance to see a live band, or just the coldest beer in town, you will not be disappointed by Damien’s! On the menu, they have all the pub food you could ask for, including pizza, burgers, sandwiches, and salads. They also have a daily specials menu for anyone looking for something a little different. Open from 12-11pm daily but remains open until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, with the bar closing at 1 am.
- Venus III Sports Bar & Restaurant - A local favorite, known for their awesome bar-style pizzas, delicious drinks, and lively atmosphere. In addition to pizza, they offer a huge menu with chicken, steak, seafood, pasta, fajitas, tacos, salads, starters, and snacks. Venus has indoor and outdoor seating, a large bar, a cool stage with a Fenway mural behind it, and numerous flat screen tv’s that can be viewed from every angle. Stop-in to eat and watch the game or listen to live music with friends. Host your next function in their newly renovated function room. Or pop in to grab take-out when you’re looking for a quiet night at home with great food. Open 11:30am - 1am, Monday - Saturday and 12pm - 1am on Sundays.
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 recreation 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.
Cranberry Bogs Hanson has 3.5 acres of active cranberry bogs as well as a number of retired bogs right in town. The bogs make a beautiful backdrop, offering scenic views, and add to the country feel. Locals enjoy watching the cranberries grow and change color throughout the year; and many gather to observe the much-anticipated Cranberry Harvest each Fall.
Burrage Pond Wildlife Management Area is a 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. (The Main Parking Lot is at 15 Hawks Ave, Hanson MA.)
Indian Head Pond is a large pond perfect for fishing, paddling, ice skating and ice fishing. Walking trails are available at the adjacent Walton J. Smith Reserve with paths running along a retired cranberry bog and through the surrounding woods.
Wampatuck Pond is located behind town hall. It is a 62-acre manmade pond with a boat ramp for canoes, kayaks, and small powerboats. Perfect for fishing and paddling. There are walking trails adjacent to the pond in Veteran’s Memorial Town Forest.
Heidi’s Hollow Farm is the “go-to” ice cream shop in Hanson. Open seasonally from April through October. Their vast menu includes 42 hard serve flavors, soft serve, non-dairy hard serve, frozen yogurt, sherbets & sorbets, specialty drinks, and creative sundaes such as the Candyland Sundae (that just sounds amazing)! Heidi’s winning combination of delicious ice cream, large servings, and friendly service keeps customers coming back for more.
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 support. There are lots of opportunities to get involved in Hanson. It's a great place to live in Massachusetts!