December 6, 2023

New England Journey

From colourful fall hikes to pumpkin patches to historic lighthouses.

A household walks by a pumpkin patch with a wagon. Pat Greenhouse/Globe Employees

These on the lookout for weekend enjoyable this fall season have loads of choices on the South Shore, from colourful fall hikes to pumpkin patches to historic lighthouses.

Forward, get concepts in your subsequent fall weekend tour.

Map: South Shore fall weekend actions

Go to the very best pumpkin patch within the state

The maze at Sauchuk’s Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch in Plympton honored Massive Papi in 2022. – Scott Sauchuk

Pumpkin patches are synonymous with fall, and the very best one within the state is on the South Shore, in response to a current ballot.

Sauchuk’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch in Plympton was named the very best within the state and it’s effectively value exploring this season for extra than simply the patch.

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Friends also can wander a corn maze, choose apples, pet the goats, and participate in family-friendly video games. What’s extra: Meals vans on the property comparable to South Shore Smokehouse, Mother-on-the-Go, and Farm Kitchen are serving the whole lot from apple cider doughnuts to ice cream to barbecue.

Take a look at a historic lighthouse

Town of Scituate
Scituate Lighthouse. – City of Scituate

The gorgeous Scituate Lighthouse, also referred to as Outdated Scituate Gentle, attracts loads of guests annually, Patrice Maye, founding chair of the Scituate Harbor Cultural District, informed

Established in 1811, it’s the eleventh oldest lighthouse within the nation.

The lighthouse is at the moment present process a $2 million renovation, which incorporates restoration of the construction’s 92-year-old lantern room on high. The lighthouse is usually open to the general public throughout Scituate Historic Society’s Open Home dates annually. 

Guests also can search for the 1860 Minot’s Ledge Gentle in Cohasset, which is privately owned and situated on Minots Ledge one mile offshore, however may be considered from the shore of Cohasset and Scituate.

Duxbury Pier Gentle, generally known as Bug Gentle, may be discovered on the channel that results in Plymouth, Kingston, and Duxbury harbors.

Hike and think about the foliage

The Norris Reservation in Norwell in early fall 2014.
The Norris Reservation in Norwell in early fall 2014. – Lisa Irwin / North and South Rivers Watershed Affiliation

New England’s foliage is iconic, and there’s no scarcity of trails within the space for viewing it.

The North Plymouth Rail Path is value exploring, Pearl Sears, former city clerk of Plymouth, informed The 1.2-mile path is also referred to as the Seaside Rail Path and the Grace Path.

“It’s proper alongside the ocean,” she mentioned. “And the view of the ocean is simply wonderful. It’s one among my favourite locations to stroll.”

The 600 acre Whitney and Thayer Woods, in Cohasset and Hingham, has 10 miles of carriage roads and gives “spectacular vistas” of the South Shore and Boston skyline, in response to the Trustees of Reservations.

Trustees workers shared favourite mountain climbing spots with The Boston Globe they usually included Mass Audobon’s North River Wildlife Sanctuary and Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary, each in Marshfield, in addition to Norris Reservation in Norwell.

“The Boathouse at Norris Reservation in Norwell is a large favourite,” Anne Smith-White of the Trustees of Reservations informed The Boston Globe.

Step again in time

Plimoth Patuxet Museums in Plymouth. – Kristi Palma /

Plymouth is well-known for its epic Thanksgiving parade every fall.

“I believe there’s by no means a foul day to go to Plymouth,” Sears informed “However Thanksgiving is all the time a particular time for us.”

America’s Hometown Thanksgiving Parade, happening Nov. 17-19 this yr, is a three-day annual occasion in Plymouth that features the well-known parade stuffed with floats and marching bands, in addition to a historic village, kids’s actions, a live performance sequence, beer and wine backyard, and extra.

However there’s lots to do in Plymouth on different weekends, together with visiting the long-lasting Plymouth Rock in Pilgrim Memorial State Park, which marks the place the Mayflower Pilgrims started Plymouth Colony in 1620 and exploring Plimoth Patuxet Museums, the place visitors can try Plymouth Colony because it was in 1627.

Displays on the latter embody the Patuxet Homesite, seventeenth Century English Village, Mayflower II, and Plimoth Grist Mill.

Exit to a restaurant

A dish served at Oro in Scituate Harbor. – Jessica Bartlett for the Boston Globe

Scituate Harbor, a working harbor stuffed with purchasing, cultural actions, and eating places, is a superb place to dine out, Patrice Maye, founding chair of the Scituate Harbor Cultural District, informed

It’s value making a reservation at Oro, Maye mentioned, the place the day by day catch is from native fishing boats and the produce is from small farms up and down the coast.

Maye additionally recommends testing Satuit Tavern and Mill Wharf Restaurant & Pub for seafood and different dishes; family-owned waterfront pub T.Ok.O. Malleys for a burger with a view; and Salt Society for sushi.

Scenic downtown Plymouth additionally has many choices for hungry guests.

“Simply within the downtown space, we’ve got a number of seafood eating places, in fact, as a result of we’re on the water,” Sears informed “We’ve got Mexican, Italian, Chinese language, Indian, any sort of meals you possibly can think about. Numerous pizza locations and family-friendlies. We even have a number of upscale eating places. So there’s range within the downtown space.”