Southeastern Massachusetts is your hub destination for your summer vacation! All summer long, there are ferry services from Fall River to Block Island, also New Bedford to Martha's Vineyard, and Nantucket. On the Block Island ferry - passenger lounge features a food and beverage concession, four satellite flat screen televisions, and comfortable table and bench seating for 300 passengers. On the SEASTREAK ferry - relaxing and enjoyable cruise on-board a high-speed luxury catamaran. Amenities like: plush seating with spacious legroom, climate controlled cabins and an open-air top deck, 360-degree panoramic windows, bathrooms, free high speed Wi-Fi, and a full-service cash bar.
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.
The Town of Fairhaven Visitors Center has brochures and maps about Fairhaven attractions, history, businesses and events as well as information about other nearby communities. It is open year round. Brochures for self-guided tours are available. There is also information about free guided walking tours held at various times and location throughout town. The museum of the Fairhaven Historical Society, Inc. is located the the same building and may be viewed by the public whenever the Visitors Center is open. Regular hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 8:00 a.m. to Noon and 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. On Monday mornings in July and August the Office of Tourism presents free outdoor children's activities and guest presentations at Monday Morning Fun, from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m., geared to children 5 to 12 and their parents or guardians.
Fort Phoenix, overlooking New Bedford Harbor, was built during the Revolutionary War and was manned through the Civil War. It is a public park operated by the Town of Fairhaven and is open to the public during daylight hours. In the summer there are sometimes historical reenactors from the Fairhaven Village Militia on duty to talk about the fort's history. The Fairhaven Office of Tourism offers a historical presentation each Friday morning at 10:00 a.m. in June, July, August and September. The historical fort is directly adjacent to a public state beach with plenty of free parking.
Discover your Buzzards Bay at the Richard C. Wheeler Bay Learning Center, a free environmental exploration center located in downtown New Bedford’s Historic District. The Bay Learning Center is your destination to learn more about our local waters and how you can protect and enjoy them. The Bay Learning Center is home to a variety of unique, informative and interactive exhibits that help guide your discovery of Buzzards Bay, including: A 3-D, light-up map of Buzzards Bay and its watershed. Two fish tanks that show the difference between clean and polluted water. Interactive screens that display a real-time vessel tracking system and other Buzzards Bay sights and sounds. An outdoor artistic eelgrass meadow, with 12-foot-tall eelgrass sculptures lining a pedestrian plaza directly across from the New Bedford waterfront. (Free Wi-Fi available at plaza.)
The Fall River Historical Society (FRHS), the oldest cultural institution in Fall River, Massachusetts, is housed in a French Second Empire mansion that was once an Underground Railroad station. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the structure features a magnificent period interior, while our beautiful grounds with Victorian gardens provide a lush and memorable venue for functions such as weddings and cocktail parties. Visitors enjoy our first-rate Museum Gift Shop, our annual Holiday Open House, and The Easton Tea Room, a popular spot for parties, meetings, and children’s events. Our exhibits include the world’s largest collection of artifacts pertaining to Lizzie Borden and the Borden murder case, among them the alleged murder weapon and original crime scene photos.
The story of Lizzie Borden is a hair-raising tale that lives on through her home that is now a bed and breakfast/museum. Lizzie's room, as well as that of her father and stepmother’s, is available for stay if one feels brave enough to do so, but be warned that the house is known for its paranormal activities. The Lizzie Borden House has been named as one of the most haunted places in the United States.
Our Mission:The New Bedford Art Museum engages the public in experiencing, understanding and appreciating art. Since 1996, the New Bedford Art Museum has been a fixture in downtown New Bedford, offering engaging exhibitions of artwork from around the corner and across the ocean. Linger, learn and appreciate art and artistic expression as you stroll through the Museum's main Skylight Gallery. Discover new delights as you explore the Museum's home, a former bank that includes two vintage vaults, one with a distinctive circular safe door.