Greater Fall River: Fall River, Freetown, Somerset, Swansea

You're gonna fall for the Greater Fall River area!

Go from battleships to mountain biking; eat pierogies, pork pies, homemade ice cream and Portuguese food, explore a Bioreserve and and view the vista from a granite ledge!

Fall River became famous during the 19th century as the leading textile manufacturing center in the United States. While the textile industry has since moved on, you'll find parks, museums and plenty of ethnic eateries have filled the void! In fact, Frederick Law Olmstead designed three of the city's parks: Ruggles, North and Kennedy. For nature lovers, Copicut Woods is the gateway to the 13,600-acre Southeastern Massachusetts Bioreserve, which features trails in one of the Commonwealh's largest unbroken tracts of wooded land with remnants of historic farms.

You won't want to miss Battleship Cove, the world’s largest collection of World War II naval vessels. Nearby is the waterfront Fall River Heritage State Park which is also in walking distance to The Old Colony and Fall River Railroad Musueum, The Marine Museum, and the Narrows Center for the Arts, a great place to see national and local performing and visual artists. Located in an old mill building with spectacular waterfront views, the Narrows Center features a 280-seat performance area, gallery, café and artist studios. 

Fall River is also well known as the hometown of the nortorious hatchet-girl, Lizzie Borden, who was accused of the 1892 double ax-murder of her father and stepmother at her home on Second Street. No trip to the area is complete without a tour of the Lizzie Borden Museum, and maybe an overnight stay at its bed and breakfast (where everyone is treated like family!).

Freetown, on the banks of the Assonet River, is home to the Freetown-Fall River State Forest. With 50 miles of unpaved roads and trails, visitors enjoy year round outdoor recreation including horseback riding trails, mountain biking, cross-country skiing and fishing. The Forest's hilly terrain has many outcroppings of bedrock including the famous Profile Rock, which is said to resemble the profile of Wampanoag Indian chief Massasoit. Also popular is climbing up to Assonet Ledge where you can see for miles and miles. 

Somerset sits on the shores of the Taunton River and Mount Hope Bay. Come summertime, visitors can get day passes to Pierce Beach and daily launch passes for Village Waterfront Park. You won't want to miss Somerset Creamery, known for some of the best homemade ice cream and waffle cones.

Swansea is the place for family fun where Simcock Farms offers petting animals, an ice cream stand and year round hayrides and activities as well as farm-fresh veggies.  

Additional Information

For additional information on businesses in the Greater Fall River area, please contact the Fall River Area Chamber of Commerce.

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