It’s Breezy & Beautiful
Located at the western end of Buzzards Bay, the sandy, southwest-facing, five-mile-long Horseneck Beach is breezy all year round, providing excellent wind surfing and a lovely respite from the warm summer sun. The combination of ocean beach and estuary habitat also makes Horseneck Beach one of the premier birding locations in New England.
It’s Amazingly Arty
Did you know New Bedford was named the seventh most Artistic City in America in 2011 by the Atlantic CityLab? This impressive statistic is based on the ratio of residents who are professional artists. Stroll along this gorgeous city’s cobblestone streets and you’ll stumble upon galleries, museums and restaurant against a backdrop of exquisite period architecture. In fact, the Downtown Area has been designated a Cultural District because of the close proximity and large number of galleries and exhibits within walking distance to each other. Hop in a car or trolley and you can visit more galleries, artist studios and antique shops in converted textile mills in both the South End and North End of the City.
It’s Heaven For Military History Buffs
Fall River’s Battleship Cove boasts the world’s largest collection of US Naval vessels. It is home to five National Historic Landmarks: Battleship USS Massachusetts, Destroyer USS Joseph P Kennedy, Jr, the World War II Attack Submarine USS Lionfish, and PT Boats 617 and 796. The centerpiece of the museum is the USS Massachusetts, which arrived in Fall River in June of 1965 after a successful campaign by the wartime crew of “Big Mamie” to save the ship from the scrap yard.
It’s Fabulously Fresh…
New Bedford has been named the ‘#1 Fishing Port in the America’ – so can you imagine a better place to walk along the working waterfront, pull up a chair and sit down to savor some of the freshest scallops in the world?
It’s Incredibly Crafty…
Southeastern Massachusetts is home to a great selection of tap houses that feature some delicious craft brews. Check out Buzzards Bay Brewing in Westport or Bog Iron Brewing in Norton. At Buzzards Bay - America’s Greenest Brewery - you can enjoy specialties like Horseneck Golden IPA or Lizzie’s Famous 81 Whacks India Red Ale, or sink into a sampler of current releases in the rustic Tap Room. Bog Iron Brewing specializes in hand-forged ales and lagers that are brewed in small batches, like Burley Blonde or Campout Mild.
It’s Fantastically Festive…
Southeastern Massachusetts is simply abuzz with festivals like 100-year old Feast of the Blessed Sacrament, Dartmouth’s 350th Anniversary, the New Bedford Folk Festival, the New Bedford Jazz Festival and the New Bedford Seaport Chowder Festival. A big favorite is the Working Waterfront Festival in New Bedford, a free event that celebrates the history and culture of New England's commercial fishing industry. Each September the waterfront springs to life with live music, children’s activities, cooking demonstrations, vessel and harbor tours, fisherman’s contests, author readings, film screenings, local seafood dishes and an artisans’ marketplace.
It’s Wonderful For Water-Lovers…
Take to the water with Osprey Sea Kayak and Paddle Boarding in Westport and the Norton Kayak Company in Norton. Head to New Bedford for the Seastreak fast ferry to Martha’s Vineyard or the Cuttyhunk Ferry Company, or hop aboard a harbor tour or sunset cruise with Whaling City Expeditions. Pack a tent and go camping near a scenic lake at the the Canoe River Campground in Mansfield,
It’s Sublime For Shoppers…
From browsing stylish urban art galleries to exploring fashion-forward boutiques and thrift stores, Southeastern Massachusetts is simply sublime for shoppers. Check out the 140 stores at Emerald Square in North Attleboro, find bargains at the brilliant Brahmin Outlet location in Fairhaven, or grab a gift at the fabulous Matouk Factory Store in Fall River. Serious shopaholics should not miss Wrentham Village Premium Outlets in Wrentham or New Bedford Antiques Center, Circa Vintage Wear, or Calico in New Bedford.
It’s Always Time For Tea…
Located in Fall River’s historic 1870 Alexander Dorrance Easton House, the Easton Tea Room is owned and operated by the Fall River Historical Society. But don’t expect a teabag in a paper cup there – because at the Easton Tea Room, tea is an art form. The most popular item on the menu is the Victorian High Tea, which includes an extensive selection of English teas, sandwiches, savories and delectable dainty pastries. The teahouse is especially famous for its heavenly scones, which are made from an early 20th-century recipe.
It’s Brimming Over With Historic Gems…
In 1906, Oakes Ames and his artist and suffragette wife Blanche purchased land on the border of Sharon and Easton. The country estate they named “Borderland” remained in the family for 65 years. In 1971, two years after the death of Blanche Ames, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts acquired the estate and opened it as a state park. The family’s home, a three-story stone mansion built in 1910, still stands. Borderland offers many of the same pleasures that the Ames family enjoyed: walking and horseback riding on woodland trails, fishing and canoeing in the ponds, or in winter, ice-skating and sledding.
Whether you’re planning a Southcoast vacation or traveling to Southeastern Massachusetts on business, let the Southeastern Massachusetts Visitors Bureau be your guide to all that Southeastern Massachusetts has to offer.
From the working waterfront and cobblestone streets of historic downtown New Bedford, to the fast-paced Seekonk Speedway, you're sure to find limitless adventures to experience, sights to behold and flavors to savor. Pick from any of the cities and towns of Southwatern Massachusetts below – adventure awaits!