Once you arrive in Cohasset, you may decide not to leave.
Activities in all seasons keep the residents busy and involved. For outdoor enthusiasts, there’s Wompatuck State Park, Thayer, and Whitney Woods for hiking or cross-country skiing. The annual Cohasset-By-The-Sea road race, sponsored by the Cohasset Rotary Club every April, attracts world-class runners as well as hundreds of locals who participate just to run the 10K ocean-side route.
Beginning in Cohasset Village on Main Street, continuing down Elm Street, one has a view of the beautiful protected harbor with its many lobster boats and historic Minot’s Lighthouse. Turning from Atlantic Avenue onto Jerusalem Road, a visitor will understand why this coastal drive is known as the “Gold Coast,” with its magnificent homes and ocean vistas.
The Memorial Day Parade, which includes marchers from every organization in town, is a true picture of New England patriotism. Flags from every war and all branches of service are presented in Constitution Park beside Cohasset Harbor. It’s truly breathtaking.
Carillion Bells ring out through the summer months from St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church.
Yearly events that attract visitors, as well as residents, include the Farmers’ Market on the Common, with its locally grown produce, crafts, and family entertainment, held weekly from July through October. The annual South Shore Arts Festival, in conjunction with the Village Strawberry Festival, receives visitors from across the state. During the summer months, the South Shore Music Circus on Sohier Street features world-class entertainers in an intimate setting.
For the holidays, there’s the Jingle Bell walk, sponsored by the South Shore Community Center; the church-sponsored Village Fair; topped off by the Village Merchants’ annual Holiday Stroll, which includes hay rides through the village, refreshments, music, fun family events, and raffle items for charity.
For a historical perspective, visitors should visit Cohasset’s numerous museums and antique buildings. The Cohasset Historical Society is located on South Main Street in what was the Paul Pratt Library, and the Cohasset library has found its new home in the original and beautifully renovated Osgood Building on Ripley Road. Our World Children’s Museum shares space with the new library.