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Dartmouth, famous for its Ivy League school, offers much more to explore beyond the university. The town provides terrific access to the Atlantic Ocean as well as kayaking and canoeing opportunities while you take in the beautiful sights offered by nature. When you rent a vacation house in or around Dartmouth, you'll be able to take more time exploring while also enjoying the comforts of home during your stay.
Kayaking or canoeing the Paskamansett River can offer nature lovers the chance to see the wide variety of Southeastern Massachusetts wildlife, both in and on the water as well as along the banks. As you paddle, you can see muskrat diving and swimming in the water. Red-tailed hawks, osprey, great blue heron, owls and red-winged blackbirds may all make appearances. Along the banks, you might spot deer. Snow-white egrets, yellow warblers and many different types of swallows also haunt the river, providing plenty of opportunities for bird enthusiasts.
In nearby Fall River along Mount Hope Bay, you can tour the famous USS Massachusetts at Battleship Cove. A nonprofit maritime museum, Battleship Cove includes the largest collection of naval vessels from World War II in the world. The battleship itself makes a cove within which you can see numerous pleasure boats during the warmer summer months. History is on display with the variety of wartime ships, telling the story of American triumphs at sea. There are numerous displays from 20th century naval history, telling the story of the American Navy and its brave soldiers. Also located there is the Lincoln Park Carousel, a historic carousel dating from 1920 that is beautifully restored and was relocated there from nearby Lincoln Park.
At Demarest Lloyd State Park, there are child-safe shallow areas for children to safely swim. The park also is known for its wildlife and beauty. The beach is secluded, allowing you and your family to relax and enjoy yourselves for hours if you'd like. You'll have beautiful views of the bay that are unimpeded while you lounge along the beachfront. During high tide, a sandy beach will appear, and you can wade a distance out into the water without needing to swim. There are also plenty of clean showers and bathrooms so you can relax in comfort and convenience.
Visitors can expect cold winter temperatures and warmer summers when they visit Dartmouth. Like most of New England, the city experiences all four seasons. In January, the average highs are around 36 degrees. In August, highs can be expected to be around 81 degrees. A beautiful time of the year to visit is during the fall, when the turning colors of the trees will be on full display.
You have several different transportation options for getting to Dartmouth. From Logan International Airport in Boston, you can take a rental car and drive. Taxicabs can also be taken from Logan into Dartmouth. One option is to take a Peter Pan Bus to New Bedford. When you arrive there, you can then transfer to a local bus and take it on to Dartmouth. Several different companies offer shuttle services between the airport and Dartmouth. Train service is also available via the Vermonter to nearby White River Junction in Vermont. From there, you can take a local bus to arrive in the city and begin your historical adventure in Dartmouth.