From Battleship Cove to the Olmsted parks that sprawl across a hilly landscape, family leisure and recreational activities are still very much a part of everyday life here in the City of Fall River, Massachusetts. With the Taunton River and Mount Hope Bay at our doorstep and the Atlantic Ocean only minutes away, the region’s coastal area offers outstanding opportunities for sailing, swimming, boating and fishing. Visitors and residents alike delight in Fall River’s Old World charm, with its many festivals, shops and boutiques, and a colorful, bustling waterfront.
As the nineteenth century drew to a close, Fall River was well on its way to becoming the textile capital of the world. Much of that rich history has been preserved through the efforts of the Fall River Historical Society and its work with other preservation groups. Today, Victorian mansions and imposing Gothic churches survive side-by-side with Cape Cod cottages, sturdy New England farmhouses and modern waterfront developments.
Fall River has a superb network of public, private and vocational schools designed to prepare youngsters for a successful future. The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth campus is minutes away and the city is home to Bristol Community College. Day and evening classes in a number of disciplines are available at each of these institutions. Businesses enjoy a close working relationship with area schools, ensuring that today’s students are prepared for tomorrow’s business challenges. Other educational institutions within close proximity to Fall River include Brown University, Providence College, Roger Williams University, and University of Rhode Island.
Two outstanding medical centers, Charlton Memorial Hospital and Saint Anne’s Hospital, are the cornerstones of Fall River’s comprehensive healthcare system. Several outpatient clinics and surgical centers complement our hospitals, which also enjoy close working relationships with the world’s leading medical institutions in nearby Boston and Providence, Rhode Island.
Fall River’s lovely parks and unique museums offer a number of attractions and recreational opportunities. Battleship Cove, featuring the Battleship Massachusetts, is home to the world’s largest collection of World War II – era fighting ships. Nearby, along the waterfront, a striking Victorian pavilion houses the Fall River Carousel. This fully restored, hand-carved masterpiece overlooks Heritage State Park, with its boardwalk and meadows. History buffs will enjoy the Lizzie Borden exhibit at the Fall River Historical Society, not far from the scene of the actual murders. For a flavor of the city’s romantic past, stop by the Marine Museum, featuring unique exhibits of the Old Fall River Line and the Titanic, and the Old Colony & Fall River Railroad Museum.
Ethnic and Cultural Diversity
Fall River’s richly diverse cultural and ethnic mosaic is visible in its neighborhoods and restaurant districts. There are the cobblestones of the quaint Columbia Street Cultural District and the Victorian heritage of our Highland District. Delicious ethnic dishes are available in dozens of restaurants and bakeries throughout the city. A number of festivals and religious feasts are held annually, drawing thousands to the area. And the cultural centers of Boston, Providence and Newport, Rhode Island offer additional museum, theater and sporting opportunities.