Greater Taunton: Berkley, Dighton, Raynham, Taunton

Anytime is a great time to go to Greater Taunton!

From stocked fishing ponds to New England's largest flea market, the Greater Taunton area is filled with natural wonders and man-made fun. Taunton's holiday lights on the town green is a favorite December destination. 

Taunton was founded in 1637 as part of Plymouth Colony, making Taunton one of the oldest town in the United States. Not surprisingly, it has over 100 buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Taunton is called the Silver City because it was a major center of the silver industry from the early 1800's when companies such as Reed & Barton, F. B. Rogers, Poole Silver, and others produced fine-quality silver pieces here.

December is truly a great time to visit Taunton when the Taunton Green is transformed into a grand display of holiday lights, scenes, and extravagant events. That's why the city earned its unofficial nickname as the “Christmas City.” You can watch the switch get flipped to start the season on the first Friday in December.

The city also has plenty of outdoor recreation with two state parks and Lake SabbatiaMassasoit State Park is known for its beautiful ponds and cranberry bogs as well as trails, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, mountain biking and cross country skiing. Fishing is very popular at Watson Pond State Park, too.

Berkley is home to Dighton Rock, an 11-foot tall tidal boulder well known for its strange markings, which have been variously attributed to Vikings, Wampanoags, or Portuguese explorer Miguel Corte-Real. Dighton Rock is located in Dighton Rock State Park which also offers tons of trails, kayaking, fishing and cross-country skiing. 

Dighton has an amusing event in June - it's annual Cow Chip Festival! The Town celebrates and a traveling carnival joins in the fun by setting up behind the town hall. This is a charming time with old-fashioned fun and fireworks. 

Raynham, a largely rural community, offers many recreational opportunities. Johnson’s Pond is open to the public for fishing, ice-skating, picnicking and boating. Raynham also boats New England's Largest Flea Market, Raynham Flea, open every Sunday.

Additional Information

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