Tourism Center

Sponsored By:
/

EXPLORE AND BE INSPIRED

The secret is out. The service area of the Bristol County Chamber of Commerce offers a wide selection of attractions, beaches, vineyards, wholesale and artisan outlets and sporting venues. The best part is that they are all easily accessible. Whether it is a day trip on the USS Massachusetts or a night in the Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast, there is a sure bet within your reach if you are seeking great cuisine, history, nature or cultural activities.

A must see is the World famous Battleship Cove. Battleship Cove is home to the USS Battleship Massachusetts (BB-59). Each year hundreds of thousands of visitors are drawn to the largest collection of retired naval warfare vessels. This truly unique floating museum provides visitors with amazing hands on access to the USS Battleship Massachusetts, the attack submarine USS Lionfish, the destroyer, USS Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr., two P.T. boats and a Soviet era Russian missile boat.

Only a short walk from Battleship Cove is the Maritime Museum. Housed in the museum is an extensive collection of model ships and memorabilia from the golden era of the great ships and luxury steam liners that frequented Fall River during the height of the American textile industry. There is even a one ton model of the Titanic on display. Also located at the door front of Battleship Cove is the Fall River Carousel. Incredibly restored to the splendor of its first days of use at the historic Lincoln Park, this century old Philadelphia Toboggan Company Carousel #54 is fully operational. A little known fact is that the Fall River Carousel is the oldest functioning carousel of its kind in the United States. Another nearby attraction is the replica Iwo Jima monument that rests in the veterans Bicentennial Park on the waterfront of Fall River. The names of hundreds of veterans have been imprinted on bricks and benches surrounding the memorial.

Looking for a genuine haunted experience? The Lizzie Borden B&B/Museum has been cited by CNN Travel, Huffington Post and MSNBC as the place to go! You know the story. On August 4, 1892 a wealthy businessman and his wife were found brutally murdered in their Victorian home in Fall River, Massachusetts. The accused murderer was their youngest daughter, Lizzie, who was found not guilty. Stay at the beautifully restored Greek-revival home of the Borden family. It is now a first-class bed & breakfast with a catch. People swear that the home is haunted.

If sleeping in a haunted house is not your thing then maybe it’s time to enjoy a day at the beach in Westport. Spread across nearly 600 acres of barrier beach and salt marsh, Horseneck Beach is one of the most popular recreational facilities in the Massachusetts State Forests and Parks system. Horseneck Beach is located at the western end of Buzzards Bay. It is a sandy and southwest-facing 2-mile long beach that is breezy all year round. Horseneck provides excellent wind surfing conditions and it is a dependable respite from the sweltering inland summer temperatures. The combination of ocean beach and estuary habitat also makes Horseneck one of the premier birding locations in New England. Behind the dunes near Gooseberry Neck (a rocky headland at the eastern end of the Reservation), is a 100-site campground.

The 13,600 acres Southeastern Massachusetts Bioreserve is another amazing place. The Southeastern Massachusetts Bioreserve encompasses parts of Fall River, Lakeville and Dartmouth. It is a place where residents can hike, cross country ski and mountain bike. There are also designated areas for horseback riding and dirt bikes.

Other noteworthy day trips include the Narrows Center for the Arts, Seekonk Speedway, the Attleboro Arts Museum, Fall River Heritage State Park, Buttonwood Zoo, the Whaling Museum in New Bedford and the Fall River Historical Society. Golf enthusiasts can enjoy a challenging 18-hole course at the Fall River Country Club with great views of the Taunton River and Mount Hope Bay. Several other excellent courses are nearby in Swansea, Seekonk and Dartmouth. Professional sports fans can also enjoy a Pawtucket Red Sox game at McCoy Stadium.

Then again, there is always the mill outlets. Fall River is still a mecca for those who love factory-outlet shopping. What can you find? When it comes to clothing, everything! Shoes, sweaters, raincoats, accessories, designer labels, coats, handbags, jewelry, children's clothing, cosmetics, luggage. Branch out a bit and you'll find kitchenware, gifts, furniture, braided rugs, curtains, crystal, candy and nuts, greeting cards and giftwrap, toys, towels, linens, baskets, brass--even wallpaper. End the day at one of the many great area restaurants

Needless to say there is a lot to see and explore within the service area of the Bristol County Chamber of Commerce. Detailed information about the many area attractions and activities is always available in the Visitor and Information Center located within the Chamber’s front lobby.

Area Attractions

At Battleship Cove, the past is at your fingertips. You'll thrill to the state-of-the-art special effects in the new Pearl Harbor Experience. The kids will love exploring the world's largest collection of US naval ships, which include the USS Massachusetts that was commissioned to replace the USS Arizona, the destroyer USS Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr., and PT Boats used in the South Pacific. Whether you're a casual visitor, tourist, history buff, a student, teacher or scout leader, this world-class maritime heritage museum has something for everyone. And don't leave without riding a painted pony on the historic
Fall River Carousel.

Battleship Cove
5 Water Street
Fall River, MA 02721
800-533-3194
508-678-1100

The Maritime Museum is a historical and nautical museum with memorabilia, artifacts, and ship models of the Fall River Line and RMS Titanic. The museum houses a diverse collection which includes more than 150 scale models, 30,000 photographs, videos, uniforms, audio recordings and more. The museum also claims to host one of the largest Titanic exhibitions in the world, which includes a 28-foot (8.5-meter) long scale model of the RMS Titanic used in Twentieth-Century-Fox's 1953 film Titanic. The museum also houses models of the Fall River Line (which operated from 1847 to 1937), a fleet of steamships that carried passengers from New York and Boston to summer homes in Newport.

Marine Museum at Fall River
70 Water Street
Fall River, MA 02720
508-679-1071

Founded in 1921, the Fall River Historical Society's mission is to preserve and protect all manner of artifacts relating to the rich and varied history of the city of Fall River, Massachusetts. The Historical Society is housed in a granite mansion, built in 1843 in the Greek Revival style for Andrew Robeson, Jr., a prominent businessman. A one-time station on the Underground Railroad, the house was to change hands several times over the next quarter century.

Fall River Historical Society
451 Rock Street
Fall River, Massachusetts, 02720
508-679-1071

After ten years as a traveling show of exploration and learning, the Children’s Museum has a permanent home that is absolutely spectacular. Formerly the Fall River Superior Courthouse, the Romanesque "castle" at 441 North Main Street has long been a landmark building. It is now set to begin its new life as the Children's Museum of Greater Fall River.

Children’s Museum of Greater Fall River
441 North Main Street
Fall River, MA 02720
508-672-0033
 

A historic house located at 94 Cherry Street in Fall River, Massachusetts. The house was originally located at the site of the current Fall River Superior Courthouse on North Main Street, and owned by Judge Thomas Durfee. While the exact date of its construction is not known, it is estimated to have been built before 1750. In 1872, the house was moved to its current location on Cherry Street. The house was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. Today, a non-profit group maintains the house and gives tours during the summer months.

Lafayette-Durfee House
94 Cherry Street
Fall River, Massachusetts 02722
508-813-8230

The story of Lizzie Borden is a hair-raising tale that lives on through her home that is now a bed and breakfast/museum. Lizzie's room, as well as that of her father and stepmother’s, is available for stay if one feels brave enough to do so, but be warned that the house is known for its paranormal activities. The Lizzie Borden House has been named as one of the most haunted places in the United States.

Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast
230 2nd Street 
Fall River, MA 02721
508 -675-7333

The Oak Grove Cemetery is a historic cemetery at 765 Prospect Street in Fall River, Massachusetts. The cemetery was built in 1855 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983. Notable burials include Lizzie Borden.

Oak Grove Cemetery
65 Prospect Street
Fall River, MA 02720
508-642-9636

Located on Fall River’s spectacular waterfront, Carousel #54 of the Philadelphia Toboggan Company has been completely restored to the original splendor of its early days at the historic Lincoln Park. Open seasonally to riders, this priceless relic is housed in an elegant Victorian-style pavilion and features four dozen hand-carved horses prancing to Wurlitzer organ music, hundreds of intricate carvings and detailed paintings of pastoral scenes.

Battleship Cove
5 Water Street
Fall River, MA 02721
800-533-3194
508-678-1100
 

The newly-born Fall River Fire Museum is a project spearheaded by a volunteer group of firefighters. The fire museum has entered into an agreement with the city, which looks at the possibility of locating the museum at the Anawan Firehouse No. 6, located at 1181 North Main Street in Fall River. This building housed a fire and police station when it was built in 1873. Designed by Harwell and Swazey, this Italianate style structure is listed on the National Register. The centerpiece of the proposed museum will be a 1936 Maxim pumper that served the city of Fall River years ago.

Fall River Fire Museum
1181 North Main Street
Fall River, MA 02720
508-673-4841

Arts & Entertainment

The Fall River Orchestral Club was founded in 1925 by a group of fifteen players who wanted the opportunity to play orchestral music. The orchestra has been very successful over the years. Several professional musicians were introduced to symphony playing through the Fall River Symphony Orchestra.

Fall River Symphony Orchestra
401-874-2764

Open since October 2000, the Grimshaw-Gudewicz Art Gallery, is a contemporary art space that presents seven art exhibitions each year. The work shown at the gallery is by regional, national, and international artists.

Grimshaw-Gudewicz Art Gallery
Bristol Community College
777 Elsbree Street
Fall River, MA 02720-7307
508-678-2811 x 2631

The Little Theatre, which is one of the oldest theater companies in the United States,  mounts three major productions a year -- shows such as Life with Father, Mr. Roberts, Inherit the Wind and The Women. The three-a-season tradition was broken only during World War II.

Little Theatre of Fall River

Performances staged at either:

Margaret L. Jackson Performing Arts Center
Bristol Community College
777 Elsbree Street
Fall River, MA 02720-7307
or
The Fire Barn
340 Prospect Street
Fall River, MA 02720-5206
508-676-1077

The Narrows Center for the Arts is on the top floor of an attractive old mill building with spectacular views of Fall River’s pier, the Braga Bridge and Battleship Cove. The Center’s wonderfully sunlit space provides superb acoustics, creating the perfect ambiance for events and programs. The space is divided into 4 areas: The Narrows Gallery, the Performance Area, the Narrows Cafe and Artist Studios. The 280-seat concert facility hosts high-quality, national and local performing and visual artists, musicians, writers and performers.

Narrows Center for the Arts
16 Anawan Street
Fall River, MA 02721
(508) 324-1926

The Spindle City Ballet has been providing breathtaking performances to the community since 1995. Throughout the years they have enjoyed entertaining and bringing inspiring dance performances to the area.

Spindle City Ballet
288 Plymouth Ave
Fall River, MA 02721
508-536-6073

AHA! Fall River is where you’ll find information on events for residents, tourists and economic leaders—regardless of age. By promoting cultural events and city activities, AHA! Fall River is hoping to showcase the area’s best features to continue to spur growth.

AHA! Fall River
4 South Main Street
Fall River, MA 02720
508-294-5344

Outdoor Activities

This 8.5-acre park enjoys a spectacular location overlooking Battleship Cove, home of the World War II battleship, U.S.S. Massachusetts. The park hugs the shore of the Taunton River (Mt. Hope Bay) and offers a boardwalk, benches, groves of trees, an antique carousel, public sailing programs, and a three-acre meadow perfect for summer concerts, craft festivals and family picnics.

Fall River Heritage State Park
Davol Street
Fall River, MA 02720
508-675 5759
 

Spread across nearly 600 acres of barrier beach and salt marsh, Horseneck Beach is one of the most popular facilities in the Massachusetts State Forests and Parks system. Located at the western end of Buzzards Bay, the sandy, southwest-facing, 2-mile long beach is breezy all year round, providing excellent wind surfing and a dependable respite from sweltering inland temperatures every summer. The combination of ocean beach and estuary habitat makes Horseneck one of the premier birding locations in New England.

Horseneck Beach State Reservation
5 John Reed Road
Westport, MA 02791
508-636-8816
 

Block Island Ferry is your fastest link to Block Island, Rhode Island. Interstate Navigation Company, Inc. operates the Block Island Ferry from Fall River to Newport and Block Island.

Interstate Navigation
PO Box 3333
Narragansett, RI 02882
866-783-7996 or 401-783-7996
 

Located in New Bedford, the Buttonwood Park Zoo is a ten-acre zoo located in the center of Buttonwood Park. It is owned and operated by the City of New Bedford, with the support of the Buttonwood Park Zoological Society. The zoo opened in 1894 and reopened in 2000 after major renovations. It is the oldest continually operated zoo in Massachusetts and one of the oldest zoos is the United States. The zoo is home to a variety of North American wildlife and it supports many conservation programs, such as the Cape Cod Stranding Network.

Buttonwood Park Zoo
425 Hawthorn St.
New Bedford, MA 02740
508-991-4556

Greenvale Vineyards is located along the beautiful Sakonnet River in Portsmouth, RI, five miles north of downtown Newport. Greenvale is a farm that has been in the same family since 1863. It is listed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places. Their goal is to maintain this cultural resource, a piece of American history in a productive and meaningful way. Beautiful grapes, delicious estate grown wines and the creation of a wonderful destination for visitors is their path to this goal.

 

Join them for live jazz every Saturday from May through December 10th. Their Stable turned Tasting Room provides a wonderful venue for our entertainment. The Tasting Room has great acoustics and is an award winning restoration for Adaptive reuse. It is also a wonderful place for your special event, wedding, rehearsal dinner – the list goes on.

 

Greenvale produces about 3,500 cases of wine annually from our 27 acres of grapes. They are committed to Historic Preservation, Conservation of Open Space, and fine wines.

 

Greenvale Vineyards is open for Vineyard Tours and Wine Tastings from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. Winter Hours: Monday through Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
 

The Southeastern Massachusetts Bioreserve is a large area of protected land just east of downtown Fall River. The purpose of the over 13,600 acre Bioreserve is to protect, restore and enhance the biological diversity and ecological integrity of a large scale ecosystem representative of the region; to permanently protect public water supplies and cultural resources; to offer interpretive and educational programs; and to provide opportunities for appropriate public use and enjoyment of this natural environment. The Bioreserve includes 5,150 acres of the Freetown/Fall River State Forest; 360 acres of the Acushnet Wildlife Management Area; 4,300 acres of watershed and conservation lands owned by the City of Fall River; and 3,800 acres of the former Acushnet Saw Mills property, being acquired by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and The Trustees of Reservations, a nonprofit land conservation organization.

Maps with current property boundaries and trails, as well as information about permitted uses, are available at the headquarters of the Freetown/Fall River State Forest, Slab Bridge Road, Assonet, MA - 508-644-5522; and at the DEM website: http://www.state.ma.us/DEM/Parks.
 

Copicut Woods

Copicut’s 516 acres are an integral part of the Southeastern Massachusetts Bioreserve, one of the largest unfragmented forests in eastern Massachusetts. A gateway to the 13,600-acre Southeastern Massachusetts Bioreserve, Copicut Woods boasts upland forests, wetlands and waterways, and remnants of a vibrant agricultural past. What makes Copicut Woods a special place? This 516-acre property is both a prime destination and the southern gateway to the Southeastern Massachusetts Bioreserve. Copicut introduces nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts to an entire regional ecosystem. Experience forests, streams, and cedar swamps, amid an array of flora and fauna, from deer and coyote darting among stands of hardwoods and conifers, to hawks, owls, and salamanders.

As you walk the three miles of trails at Copicut, you'll wind through a variety of natural communities and pass vernal pools, Miller Brook, and an abandoned farm settlement. You’ll be delighted by the nearly mile-long Miller Lane, a 150-year-old scenic cart path lined on either side by stone walls under a canopy of trees. Pack a lunch and enjoy a secluded picnic in a traditional timber frame “Ed Shed” before exploring further reaches of Copicut along the new Meadowhawk and Soggy Bottom Trails.

Mountain bikers will find plenty of options, too. And, when the snow flies, the relatively flat terrain and broad trails are ideal for cross-country skiing enthusiasts and snowshoers.

Trails:  5.4 miles of trails (includes Miller Brook Conservation Area). Easy walking. 

When to Visit:  Year-round, daily, sunrise to sunset. Allow a minimum of 1 hour.

Indian Town Road
Fall River, MA 02790
Telephone: 508-636-4693

From Points North and West: I-195 to Exit 9 (Sanford Rd.) and turn left. Road bears right and becomes Old Bedford Rd. Next, take left onto Blossom Rd.; follow 1.3 miles. Bear right onto Indian Town Rd.; follow for 1.7 miles to parking area (12 cars) on left; roadside parking also available.

From Points East: I-195 to Exit 10, Rt. 88 South. Take first exit for Rt. 6 West. At first traffic light, turn right onto Sanford Rd. Follow under highway; continue as described above.