Cruising to Cohasset

Tucked between Boston to the north and Cape Cod to the south is a coastal town that has all the ingredients for a fun and memorable boating trip.

Cohasset, Massachusetts, might be overshadowed by popular nearby destinations, but it is a gem in its own right, with beautiful coastal scenery, a historic downtown with quaint shops and plenty of activities for those who enjoy the outdoors.

When approaching Cohasset, boaters first notice iconic Minot’s Light a half-mile offshore between the towns of Scituate and Cohasset. Built with granite blocks between 1851 and 1860, Minot’s Light warns boaters about Minot’s Ledge and nearby reefs and underwater boulders. The channel into Cohasset Cove is also bordered by shallow mud flats. Boaters should pay close attention to channel markers when navigating the harbor’s entrance.

Visiting boaters can get transient moorings through the town by contacting the harbormaster (781-383-2787; VHF Channel 10). Cohasset Harbor Marina (781-337-1964) offers transient slips. Boaters can also find an anchorage in the outer harbor, west of Strawberry Point and east of the channel.

Cohasset’s attractive downtown is just a short walk from the harbor. There, visitors can stroll among interesting shops, businesses and exceptional eateries. Hungry boaters can dine at the historic Red Lion Inn (781-383-1704), which has been a local institution for more than 300 years. Another great restaurant is Bia Bistro (781-383-0464), which serves delicious Mediterranean meals.

Cohasset is home to several museums, antique buildings and art galleries. Art enthusiasts will enjoy the South Shore Arts Center (781-383-2787). For those who enjoy hiking, the area has Whitney and Thayer Woods and Wompatuck State Park. Visitors can also enjoy kayaking in the harbor.