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.
There are still spaces available in the upcoming 2017-2018 Directory, with opportunities for any advertising budget. Contact Jennifer Lourenco, Communications Manager, at the Chamber today to place your ad!