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Hanover (Massachusetts)

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Hanover is a small town on the South Shore in Massachusetts off of Route 3. Hanover is very quaint and bordered by Norwell on the north and east, Pembroke and Hanson on the south, and Rockland on the west and northwest. Hanover is about 17 miles north of Plymouth, 23 miles southeast of Boston, and 220 miles from New York City. Hanover is in Plymouth County, the small town of just over 13,000 people was incorporated in 1727, and encompasses almost 16 square miles of total land.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

Hanover can be accessed via Route 3 in Massachusetts through exits 12, 13, and 14.

  • Take Exit 12 through Marshfield/Pembroke which will leave you a few miles south of Hanover.
  • Take Exit 13 by the Hanover Mall which leaves you in the middle of Hanover.
  • Take Exit 14 through Rockland which leaves you slightly north of Hanover

By train[edit]

Hanover can also be accessed via the T or the Commuter Rail, which both drop you off about 10 minutes away from the Town of Hanover, in the neighboring towns with train stations.[1]

By bus[edit]

The Plymouth & Brockton daily bus service offers service daily from South Station in Boston all the way down to Cape Cod. The bus stop in Rockland would be most convenient to get to Hanover, just a few minutes away.[2]

Get around[edit]

In order to get around the small town of Hanover, it is quicker and more convenient to drive from point to point. For those who are looking for a way to exercise and/or be outside, it is also a very nice to to take a bike ride or walk either alongside the roads or even through the trails created throughout the town.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Boston Bowl, 58 Rockland St (Located on Rt. 139), 781-826-4061, [3]. 9 AM - 11 PM Everyday. A fun family activity open during all seasons, recently redone. Candlepin and 10 Pin bowling, an arcade, concession stand, bar. Host corporate outings, birthday parties, and join various leagues to fit your needs! See website for prices..  edit
  • Patriot Cinemas, 1775 Washington Street (Take exit 13 to Route 53 South. It is located behind the Hanover Mall.), (781) 374-7076, [4]. See new movies at great prices on 10 different screens. New cinemas with great movie quality. Daily matinees, and various show times throughout the night to satisfy your needs. Group showings for 50 or more people can be arranged. Super Tuesdays, All seats and all shows, $5.00 all day!! Adults: $8.50, Children under 12: $6.00, Seniors: $6.00, Daily Matinees: $6.00.  edit
  • Sky Spa, 1080 Washington Street, (781)826-4061.  edit
  • South Shore YMCA, 75 Mill St. (Route 3, Exit 13), 781-829-8585, [5]. Mon-Fri: 5am-10pm, Sat: 6:30am-8pm, Sun: 7am-6pm. Great way to spend time! Full exercise room equipped with both weights and cardio machines. Full size lap pool and swimming pool with slide, basketball court, game room, as well as indoor and outdoor tennis courts.  edit
  • Starland Sports and Fun Park, 645 Washington St (Located on Rt. 53), 781-826-3083, [6]. Open daily in good weather, hours vary by season.. Great family outing! Has 27 holes of miniature golf including 2 courses, 8 batting cages, a laser tag arena, rock climbing walls, a nice Go-Kart track, a golf driving range, arcade, and snack bar! Take the entire family out for a fun day at Starland! See website for prices..  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Building 19, 389 Columbia Road, (781)829-6919. Everything you can ask for in this store. Great low prices and great bargains.  edit
  • Edwin Watts Golf Shops, 200 Webster St Ste 2, 781-871-0000, [7].  edit
  • Hanover Mall, 1775 Washington St (Route 3, Exit 13), 781-826-4392, [8]. Mon-Sat: 10am-9pm, Sun: 12pm-6pm. A variety of stores including Wal-Mart, Macys, and coming soon Forever 21. Small food court including MacDonalds, Orange Julius, Auntie Annes, Moes, and Subway.  edit
  • Jo-Anne Fabric and Craft Store, 1302 Washington Street, (781)829-0882.  edit
  • Michael's, 1246 Washington Street, (781)829-6571. Great place to buy arts and crafts. Michael's sells things such as yarn, window tinting, wedding supplies, stickers, scrap booking, rubber bands, stamps, and ribbon.  edit
  • Target, 1167 Washington Street (Located on Rt. 53), (781) 499-1961, [9]. Mon-Sat 8am-10pm, Sun 8am-9pm.  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Friendly's Restaurant, 1985 Washington St, (781)878-7627. Very well known for its ice cream making a wide variety of different flavors and also has many different kinds of sundaes. Also serves a popular shake, known as the Fribble, which is a very thick milkshake that is made with soft served ice cream. This restaurant is a great place to bring your children and their friends.  edit
  • Hanover house of Pizza, 272 Columbia Rd, (781)826-4381. Great pizza and all different kinds of topings.  edit
  • Imperial Garden, 811 Washington Street (Located on Rt. 53), (781) 826-3842. Chinese. Great service and food! Play Keno while you dine as well if you please!  edit
  • Jc's Dairy, 812 Washington Street (Located on Rt. 53), (781) 826-2465. Locally run ice cream shop, very friendly staff with great ice cream, floats, and milkshakes.  edit
  • Outback Steakhouse, 1775 Washington St (Located at the mall), (781) 829-0707, [10].  edit


  • Pacini's Italian Eatery, 2053 Washington St, (781) 982-0440. Offers lunch, dinner, take out, and delivery. Classic Italian specialties, in a warm atmosphere.  edit
  • Panera Bread, 1401 Washington Street (Route 3, Exit 13), (781) 829-9900, [11]. Free wi-fi on site.  edit
  • Papa Razzi, 2087 Washington Street, (781) 982-2800, [12].  edit
  • Siam Cuisine, 370 Columbia Rd (Rt 53), Phone: +1 781-826-1115. M-Th 11:30AM-10PM, F-Sa 11:30AM-11PM. Thai. Excellent noodle dishes.
  • West Hanover Pizzeria, 1415 Hanover St, (781) 878-4403. Friendly staff, local business. Great calzones and pizza! Recently redone. Delivery available.  edit
  • Uno Chicago Grille, 1799 Washington St, 781-826-4453, [13].  editGreat atmosphere with a bar staying open past dining hours.
  • Route 53 also has a number of Fast food restaurants including MacDonalds, Burger King, D'angelo and Papa Ginos.
  • Joes Coffee Shop, 346 Whiting St (Rt 3 to exit 13, take right and follow to rt 139, take right and follow to two sets of lights, take right and at corner on right), 781-871-7181. M-F 6AM-2PM, Sa 6AM-12:50PM. A great breakfast and lunch diner that offers home cooked meals. This establishment has been in Hanover for over 60 years. Fresh cooked foods that fill your plates to the brim. Also has catering for special events.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

There are not many bars in Hanover, but Rockland, Hingham, and Marshfield have several options.

  • Joe's American Bar and Grille, 2087 Washington St, (781) 878-1234, [14]. Fun atmosphere attractive to all crowds! Great food and drink!  edit
  • Squires of Hanover, 1202 Washington Street, (781) 826-3360, [15]. Very friendly atmosphere with both food and drink. Geared towards an adult crowd, pool tables, flat screens, and a great bar!  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • There are no hotel options in Hanover, but neighboring towns Rockland and Marshfield have several options available.

Get out[edit]

  • Hingham
  • Marshfield
  • Norwell
  • Rockland
  • Also a great place to go next is Boston, located just 25 minutes North of Hanover. Boston has a multitude of things to do including duck tours, shopping, restaurants, sporting events, and much more!


Routes through Hanover
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