Weymouth is just a short car ride south of Boston, and with beaches, parks, artisans, restaurants and more it's the perfect day trip destination.

WEYMOUTH - Think destination town and you may not immediately think of Weymouth but this South Shore town truly has a little bit of something for everyone.

Take just a 35-minute ride south of Boston and you’ll come upon this coastal town with beaches, parks, artisans, restaurants and more.

With shorelines and views you wouldn’t expect, North Weymouth is home to a couple of beaches that, while not as well-known as their counterparts in other towns, nevertheless have what a beachgoer wants: sun, sand and water.

Start your day off at George E. Lane Beach on River Street or nearby Wessagussett Beach and enjoy soaking up the sun as you watch boats glide by on the water.

Get there early to snag a parking space and for Lane Beach grab a $10 beach pass for non-residents from the ramp of the boat launch at the back of the parking lot that opens at 9 a.m.

When you've had enough of the sun, continue down River Street along the shore to Webb Memorial State Park, named for Weymouth Police officer and World War II veteran William K. Webb.

With picnic areas and tables scattered throughout the park, restrooms, and an easy 1.5-mile loop that takes you to points where you can gaze across at the Boston skyline or at Hingham and the ferry wharf, this free, dog-friendly park is a wonderful area to relax, put in kayaks or simply read a book and people watch.

Also close by is Osprey Overlook Park, at 87 Wharf St., a relatively new park with a 3/4-mile loop trail and views of a resident osprey pair in spring and summer. Opened just over a year ago, this hidden gem is starting to draw visitors who appreciate benches facing panoramic views of the Back River and trails that connect to Great Esker Park.

For shoppers, another relatively unknown treasure picking up steam is the Jackson Square Artisans shop at 750 Rear Broad St. It is open Thursday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and some days until 6 p.m. 

Opened two years ago by Janet Nelson and Gloria Watanabe, the cozy shop showcases unique works by 15 Weymouth artists who have created everything from jewelry, homemade soaps and art made from recycled items, to paintings, wood carvings, creative work with natural materials and more.

Before heading home, try one of many restaurants serving most any food you have a taste for.

A local favorite, The Venetian at 909 Broad St., offers traditional Italian fare and seafood as well as subs and pizza.

In the mood for a traditional steak? Stockholders Steakhouse at 1073 Main St. fits the bill.

For something a little different, Precinct 10 is decorated with no windows, velvet covered seating and vintage fixtures that give a nod toward Prohibition-era speakeasys. This turn of the 20th century-style restaurant is located at 110 Main St. and serves up a variety of foods from a 10-cheese sauce mac and cheese to swordfish, pasta, prime rib and more.

Wind down and walk off that meal with a short walk at any of the previously mentioned parks you may have missed before hitting the road for the short ride home.

Paula Vogler is a freelance writer. Contact her at treksandtravels61@gmail.com