Voted Best Town Center on the South Shore by BostonMagazine, Scituate Harbor, or Front Streeta quaint, coastal half mile strip in the heart of Scituate, Massachusettshas seen a notable resurgence as of late. From waterfront coffee shop Lucky Finn and its Instagram-worthy views to high-end dining spots like Oro and Riva, Scituate Harbor is the perfect South Shore summer destination to add to your 2019 summer bucket list.
Spend a few hours strolling Front Street and take in the harbor vistas, or pack a picnic and spend the day visiting the oldest lighthouse in the country, followed by dinner at a top-rated restaurant. We have marked some favorite locations to help shape your visit, both hidden gems and popular spots that you will not want to miss.
Lucky Finn Caf, 206 Front Street
Start your day with New Englands quintessential Lucky Finn experience. This sweet coffee shop serves up authentic espresso drinks, pastries, and breakfast sandwiches and is built up on stilts, sitting directly on the harbor. You will feel like you're on a seaside vacation as you sip your brew on the wooden deck and watch the boats drift by.
Galley Kitchen and Bar, 95 Front Street
Stop by the Galley for lunch or dinner and enjoy an array of local oysters. Be sure to pop a few quarters into the old-school juke box. This laid back, lively eatery swings open its front doors and windows on balmy days, offers creative small plates, and prides itself on its culinary global inspiration and regional focus. From Oyster Po Boy Sliders to Confit Duck Legs, the menu is chock full of a plethora of options for even the most adventurous of diners.
Welch Company, 132 Front Street
Enjoy a post-meal walk and peruse the local shops, including the Welch Company, a light-filled gift shop and Scituate Harbor fixture since 1879. Owned and run by interior designer Caroline Warner, the two-story showroom features an array of exquisite gifts, products, and jewelry crafted by local artisans. Browse through sea-inspired treasures or select some unique items for your home.
T.K.O. Malleys, 194 Front Street
TKO Malleys waterside patio bar is not to be missed. In fact, you can bring your drink with you down the dock to one of the well-appointed tables, making you feel like you are practically floating on water. Twinkling lights adorn this casual seaside bar while the atmosphere is marked by accommodating staff and up-close views of the sunset. This family-owned Irish Pub offers great food and drinks and prides itself on its friendly vibe. Catch some live music, enjoy Trivia Night, or relax and take in a local sports game. Even better, simply enjoy the harbor views with a Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka or a sparkling water in hand.
Nonas Ice Cream, 1 Mill Wharf Plaza
When its time for dessert, head to this beloved South Shore gem. Located directly next to the old-school Mill Wharf Cinema, this darling ice cream shop offers over 100 flavors of ice cream, sherbets, and sorbets. Even more water views are offered from this local shop, where all the ice cream is proudly homemade.
The Inn at Scituate Harbor, 7 Beaver Dam Road
If you choose to make this trip an overnight stay, the Inn at Scituate Harbor boasts panoramic harbor views and classic New England style. Featuring cozy rooms and an indoor heated swimming pool, this Inn is the perfect place to stay on your coastal getaway. Grab continental breakfast to-go and take a ride up the street to the Lighthouse or to one of the many local beaches.
Scituate Lighthouse, 100 Lighthouse Road
While not technically located in Scituate Harbor, the historic Lighthouse located minutes from Front Street is a breathtaking attraction for both locals and tourists alike. The lighthouse and the 200-year-old innkeepers home are sites to behold. Walk or run the jetty with your children, search for kindness rocks left by locals, bring a beach chair and enjoy the small beach, or grab a latte from Lucky Finn and park yourself on a bench overlooking the harbor. The oldest complete lighthouse in the country, this beacon lights up every night. Read the history plaques surrounding the grounds, wade in the warm waters, and revel in the gorgeous New England coastline.