Hingham, MA, USA

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Hingham, MA, USA

Find the best place to stay — Hingham

Want the ideal vacation rental? It all hinges on Hingham

First settled way back in the 1630s, charming Hingham's got more colonial history than you can shake a musket at, and boasts some of the most venerable buildings in the U.S., including the nation's oldest church in continual use. It's a distinguished old place, just a few bays round from Boston, and its location down at the water's edge means your Hingham vacation rental provides the perfect opportunity to get out and explore Boston Harbor. Whether it's wildlife, historical sites, hiking trails, or just an afternoon hanging out at the beach, you'll find it in handsome Hingham.

In Hingham, the map's all blue and green

Hingham's setting on Boston Harbor means water activities like boating and fishing are on the cards, and many travelers will be keen to use their Hingham vacation rental as a base to explore the Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area, which includes hiking trails, picnic areas, and historic sites. Hingham itself is also full of green spaces, including the 3,500-acre Wompatuck State Park, and the invitingly named World's End, both of which offer miles of trails and impressive views. If you really want to slow it right down, head down to Hingham Bathing beach for a swim when the tide's in.

Dry land or island. It's your call

Hingham's quirky little Bare Cove Fire Museum is well worth a visit if you can catch its limited opening hours, while The Old Ordinary is a lovely historic house museum operated by the Hingham Historical Society, offering guided tours and special events. To really get to grips with local history, though, you'll want to venture a little further afield. Out on the Boston Harbor Islands, there are some big sights including the Civil War-era Fort Warren, and America's oldest lighthouse, the Boston Light. And if all that's not enough, the bright lights of Boston are only 20 miles away.

Like your cake with some frosting on it?

If you pick winter for your Hingham vacation rental, you'll need to come prepared - this part of Massachusetts gets some low temperatures and a decent amount of snow most years. The coastal location means Hingham gets some gentler temperatures than they do further inland, but the trade-off is that sometimes you'll get fog coming in. Turn up in summer, and it's a very different story. The weather can be warm, sometimes even pretty hot, though there's always a chance of rain, so keep a raincoat to hand if you're out on an excursion.

Boston Harbor harbors some real treasures

Hingham is set on Boston Harbor, in Massachusetts Bay. This massive natural harbor and estuary is home to a whole raft of islands, 34 of which make up the Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation area. These islands, and the coastal areas round Hingham, are a big draw for seabirds, including some rare migratory species. They're also lush with plant life, and many contain the ruins of former settlements or military installations. If you recognize the derelict husks on Peddocks Island, it's because film director Martin Scorsese used them in the 2008 film, Shutter Island.