Scituate Harbor is a relatively small seaside community about half-way between Boston and Plymouth. With abundant opportunities for ocean-related recreation, Scituate Harbor is a great place for summer vacations and day-trips. Historic sites of interest include the Scituate Lighthouse, The Lawson Tower, The Old Oaken Bucket Homestead and Well, Stockbridge Mill, the Cudworth House, and the Little Red School House (home to the Scituate Historical Society).
Scituate Harbor has a humid continental climate where temperatures vary greatly from season to season. Summers can be hot and humid, and winters can bring severe cold. Summer thunderstorms are common with occasional tropical storms. Snowfall can be heavy during the winter. Temperatures range from an average high of 22°C (72°F) in July to an average low of -7°C (19°F) in January.
Located in a 1739 sea captain's home, Scituate Harbor's Maritime and Irish Mossing Museum contains exhibits that explain local maritime history and the Irish mossing trade (red algae that is scraped from the seabed, used for many products). Information about the many shipwrecks in Scituate Harbor is included in the exhibits. The museum is open all year on Sundays from 1pm until 4pm and on Saturdays and Sundays during July and August. Admission is $4 for adults and $3 for seniors. Children under 18 are admitted free.
The 1810 Scituate Harbor Lighthouse is open throughout the summer. Captain Simeon Bates was the first lighthouse keeper. He lived there with his wife and nine children. It was two of his daughters, Abigail and Rebecca, who prevented the British raid during the War of 1812. The light was deactivated in 1860, but the town bought it from the federal government in 1916. In 1968, the Scituate Historical Society took over administration of the Lighthouse. The light was relit in 1994 for the first time in over a century. Two jetties near the lighthouse are open, and there is a small free parking lot. There is also a sandy beach in front of the Scituate Harbor Lighthouse where people love to picnic.