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Naval say never to a holiday in Fall River

A small city on the eastern shore of Massachusetts's Mount Hope Bay, Fall River doesn't quite have the top-drawer attractions you'd easily fall for. Battleship Cove's grand museum ships are a clear positive, but the legacy of Fall River's most infamous daughter, Lizzie Borden, not so much—unless murder mysteries make you morbidly curious. That said, if you book a Fall River vacation rental and give this little locale a chance, you'll find ample opportunities to go on scenic picnics and forest hikes, and, thanks to a dense Portuguese population, sample Portuguese cuisine.

Things to do

Fall River's Battleship Cove—a playground for nautical nerds

Battleship Cove is exactly what it sounds like: a retirement home for legendary World War II battleships. Refitted as museum ships, the residents include the USS Lionfish submarine and the world's only pair of restored patrol torpedo boats, but the USS Massachusetts, or "Big Mamie" to her crew, rightly gets top billing. While you're here, stop by the maritime museum, officially the Marine Museum at Fall River, which is chock-full of nautical memorabilia, photographs, audio recordings, and ship models. The Titanic exhibit includes a 28-foot scaled model used in the 1953 film "Titanic".


Ghost encounters and nature walks in Fall River

Travelers who love a good murder case or a potential ghost encounter can sign up for a tour of the Lizzie Borden House, but if you want to keep your holiday wholesome, you can stick to the state's green areas—though who's to say you won't run into a specter on the trail, eh? In any case, Fall River Heritage State Park is a scenic spot for a family picnic, or a stroll on the boardwalk or the Bicentennial Park Trail. The state park has fishing and sailing facilities, too.


Fall River: Mild weather with a chance of rain

Fall River's climate is classified as humid subtropical, which means mild winters and warm, humid summers. It's hottest in July and August, when temps fall between 62 and 82 degrees. In the winter, temperatures can plummet to the low 20s in January and February, while highs hover around 38 degrees. Prices of Fall River vacation rentals are likely to be at their lowest in the winter, but don't forget your umbrella as November and December are the wettest months of the year. If you want to enjoy the outdoors, consider going in spring or fall instead.

Natural features

Deer me, Fall River has some lovely forest trails

Fall River vacation rentals make it convenient to go on forest hikes. At Copicut Woods, the gateway to the 13,600-acre Southeastern Massachusetts Bioreserve, you'll find easy trails that meander through forests, wetlands, and waterways. The bioreserve itself encompasses the 5,000-acre Freetown-Fall River State Forest, whose 25 miles of trails will satisfy hikers, horseback riders, and off-road cyclists. If you're alert (and lucky), you might spot a deer or a fox. The forest includes a 227-acre Wampanoag reservation, and a 50-foot-high granite outcropping that Native Americans believe to be the Wampanoag chief, Massasoit.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Fall River

Fly into New Bedford, MA (EWB-New Bedford Regional), the closest airport, located 9.3 mi (15 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you can also fly into Newport, RI (NPT-Newport State), which is 14.6 mi (23.5 km) away.

Can I find a vacation rental around Fall River?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 253 vacation rentals near Fall River. From 152 Houses to 49 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Fall River for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Fall River?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Fall River:

  • Bonnet Shores: 123 vacation rentals
  • Narragansett Pier: 411 vacation rentals
  • Newport East: 363 vacation rentals
  • Eastward Look: 150 vacation rentals
  • Yachting Village: 228 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Fall River?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Fall River. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Narrows Center for the Arts: 1,142 vacation rentals
  • USS Massachusetts: 1,140 vacation rentals
  • Battleship Cove: 1,139 vacation rentals
  • Little Theatre of Fall River: 1,134 vacation rentals
  • Lafayette-Durfee House: 1,148 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Fall River listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Fall River?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 152 Houses in Fall River. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Fall River include:

  • Cottages: 49 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 30 rentals available
  • Cabins: 49 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Fall River?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 10 vacation rentals with pool available in Fall River. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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