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Borderland is one of the most historically significant tracts of publicly owned land in the Commonwealth. Created in the early 1900s by artist and suffragist Blanche Ames and her botanist husband Oakes, 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. For more information on Borderland State Park visit http://www.metrosouthchamber.com/region/parks.
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 the impressive Iwo Jima WWII Monument, a boardwalk, benches, groves of trees, an antique carousel (opening after its renovation soon), public sailing programs, and a three-acre meadow perfect for summer concerts, craft festivals and family events.
Fort Taber Park is the City of New Bedford's newest park, and one of its largest. Located on Clark's Point at New Bedford's southern-most tip, this 47-acre park offers something for everyone. The park features important historical landmarks, as the site's former use as a military reservation dates back to the American Revolution. The park's proximity to the sea on all three sides offers visitors sweeping views of Buzzards Bay and the Elizabeth Islands. Stereo binoculars mounted along the paved walk/bike paths allow visitors the opportunity to view close-up the 270-degree panorama of the city's outer harbor, Clark's Cove, Buzzards Bay, and the myriad fishing vessels inbound and outbound from New Bedford, America's #1 top dollar commercial fishing port.
Just 5 minutes from Fall River and Taunton, and 15 minutes from New Bedford, Freetown State Forest is a vast tract of public land acquired over a twenty year period beginning in the 1930's. Near the main entrance is a day use area, with wading pool, picnic area, fields and restrooms. The remainder of the forest offers 50 miles of unpaved roads and trails. Horseback riders, dog Sledders, mountain bikers, and seasonal motorcycle and snowmobile users are welcome, as are hunters and anglers in season. Rattlesnake Brook, which meanders throughout much of the property, is stocked with brook trout each spring. Profile Rock, a 50-foot outcropping, shows a profile of what the Wampanoags believe to be Chief Massasoit. The 5,441-acre Forest also includes the 227-acre Watuppa Reservation, which belongs to the Wampanoag Nation, and is the site of annual tribal meetings.
An 11-foot-high "glacial erratic" boulder known as Dighton Rock once rested on the shore of the Taunton River adjacent to this park. Covered with petroglyphs, carved designs of ancient and uncertain origin, the rock is now installed in a small museum. The museum (open by appointment) exhibits several explanations of the carvings, which range from Portuguese explorers to Native Americans. The park, which covers 85 acres in the town of Berkley, is a popular local picnic spot because of its soft, grassy areas interspersed with mature shade trees.
This unique railroad museum is located in four authentic railroad cars next to an active railroad yard. The museum is directly opposite the entrance to the Battleship Massachusetts. There are displays on local railroad history from 1847 until the present. It also feature a display of model trains in different gauges including an operational "N" scale train layout. Its also has a small kids play area. You will also enjoy sitting in a rare Diesel Rail Car and climbing aboard a vintage caboose. Visiting the boxcar will show you more displays and it also houses a video theater which shows railroad videos. The museum is open May 1 to June 30 and September 1 to Sept 29 Saturdyas and Sundays 12 to 4 pm. In July and August the museum is open Friday Saturday and Sunday 12 to 4 pm. We also hold special events all summer and we host a Haunted Rail Yard the last three weekends (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) in October.
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