August 7, 2020

Four Can’t-Miss Sites to See in Southern Massachusetts

Let’s take a look at things to do in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, where centuries of cultural and historical events combine with breathtaking outdoor adventures and exhilarating spectator sports to offer an experience like no other. 

Here are a few of our favorite sites in Southern Massachusetts. We hope you’ll enjoy them too! 

New Bedford Whaling Museum

18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, MA 02740  

The New Bedford Whaling Museum, located in the heart of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, includes five enormous whale skeletons as well as art created by some of the world’s best maritime artists. The museum’s 3,000-square-foot Casa dos Botes Discovery Center allows younger guests to explore and have fun while getting a sense of the region’s one-of-a-kind maritime history. 

Battleship Cove

5 Water St., Fall River, MA 02721

Home to the world’s largest naval exhibit, Battleship Cove offers visitors tours of the USS Massachusetts, one of four South Dakota-class fast battleships built for the United States Navy in the 1930s. Meanwhile, the on-site Maritime Museum helps visitors connect the maritime history of Fall River to sea history at large, including the RMS Titanic.

Martha’s Vineyard

24 Beach Street,  Vineyard Haven, MA 02568

Located about seven miles off the southern coast of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard is only accessible by boat or air. Each of the Vineyard’s six towns is unique, offering a variety of sightseeing adventures—from taking in the cliffs at Aquinnah to sunsets in the village of Menemsha, where Steven Spielberg filmed a number of key scenes from his 1975 classic, “Jaws.”

New Bedford Fire Museum

51 Bedford St., New Bedford, MA 02740

Take a tour of the New Bedford Fire Museum , where you can climb aboard antique fire engines dating back to 1867, try on firefighting gear, and even slide down a fire pole. This museum is located in Fire Station No. 4, New Bedford’s oldest fire station, which was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975. Today, retired and active-duty firefighters serve as museum docents, offering firsthand experience and knowledge about memorabilia you’d be hard-pressed to find elsewhere. 

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