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South Central Massachusetts

This region is the part of Worcester County also known as South County and includes the city of Worcester, and towns and cities south of Worcester.  Blackstone River Valley is an area that Massachusetts shares with Rhode Island, and is rich in Revolutionary War and early industry history. Worcester is the second largest city in New England, has moved from a history of manufacturing to higher education, the biotech industry, and health care. Lake Quinsigamond crosses from Worcester into the town of Shrewsbury, offering the area opportunities for outdoor activity, such as rowing and canoeing. South County offers support to all ages of the LGBT community, as well as those with HIV/AIDs, and those seeking asylum in the United States.

South Coast
 The South Coast region begins in Wareham in the eastern portion of the region and ends at the Rhode Island border outside of Fall River. The cities of New Bedford and Fall River anchor the region. South Coast is a relatively recent moniker, and originally its towns were grouped with southeastern towns closer to Boston. The region includes the seacoast and farmland, and offers opportunities for recreation, such as fishing and boating. New Bedford was once an influential whaling center, and now hosts fishing, manufacturing, and health care. Fall River was known for its textiles, and is evolving into a cultural region with a rich ethnic diversity. A network of LGBT services, groups, and organizations has recently been formed to coordinate services and to address the needs of the community, with a focus on youth and the senior population.

South Shore

This region comprises coastal communities running southeast of Boston to Cape Cod. Quincy and Braintree are cities, but many of these towns are largely rural or suburban. Plymouth’s main industry is tourism, due to its place in colonial and early American history. Plymouth Rock, a replica of the Mayflower, and a museum that features a 16th-century English settlement are important attractions. Plymouth has several beaches on Cape Cod Bay, as do other communities. South Shore communities have easy access to Boston and Metro areas

Southeastern Region

Communities in South Coast and South Shore regions are often grouped together as Southeastern Massachusetts, and lie within easy distance of Providence and Boston. Cape Cod and the Islands is usually designated as a separate region. The largest communities in this area are the cities of Brockton, Taunton, and Fall River.


New Bedford, MA
The City of New Bedford. First and foremost, New Bedford is a vibrant working seaport. Her history is forever linked to the sea and the whaling industry which made her the wealthiest city in the nation for many years. Today you see the evidence of that wealth in the many beautiful commercial buildings and the fabulous homes of the whaling captains. This city of diversity, now home to 100,000 citizens, retains the feel of a charming turn of the century city with cobblestone streets, period street lighting and enticing views of the harbor from the downtown historic district. Many visitors remark on the European atmosphere of the area.  New Bedford is rapidly emerging as the arts, food and cultural destination for those traveling along the Interstate 195.

Fairhaven, MA
The secret’s out!  Fairhaven Village, the South Coast’s true hidden gem, is drawing people from far and wide. Visitors delight in its coastal charm and history. The town boasts six individual listings off the National Historic Register including the Unitarian Church which has been compared to cathedrals of Europe. Take a swim at Fort Phoenix State Park, or grab your bike and enjoy the Phoenix Bike Path. Main Street is a shopper’s dream…a cluster of eclectic shops features wares made by local artisans, imported goods and much more.  A half dozen restaurants will help complete your day in unique Fairhaven Village.

Fairhaven Office of Tourism
43 Center Street, Fairhaven
Phone:  508-979-4085
For more info on shopping, dining, special events and self-guided tours of this lovely seaside town; pick up a brochure at 43 Center Street.  Free historic walks on Thursdays from June through September.

Wareham/Onset, MA
Wareham has long been known as “The Gateway to Cape Cod.”  This slogan was perhaps more self-explanatory prior to the completion of the connector from Rte 495 to the Bourne Bridge when travelers passed by shops selling festive beach wares and seafood restaurants beckoned the hungry. Although as lovely as its cranberry bogs are when viewed from the highway, Wareham offers more to those who take the time to visit. The town has its share of beautiful coastline, as well as estuaries, rivers and ponds to explore. Long ago, residents discovered and appreciated Wareham’s natural resources, such as herring, oysters and “bog ore” refined to make nails. The Tremont Nail Company, the last of the cut nail companies in Wareham, was recently acquired by the town with plans for restoration.  The village of Onset, a part of Wareham, is known for its distinctive Victorian architecture.  Historical sites include a sea captain’s residence and the restored Fearing’s Tavern.

Plymouth, MA
Plymouth calls itself “America’s Home Town,” primarily because of its Puritan history.  Much romantic legend surrounds the town in that sense: the first ThanksgivingPlymouth Rock.  A visit to Plymouth is also scenery. There are antique houses reflecting history, but the modern ones too have their place overlooking marsh and bay. A ride along Rte 3A gives you the scenery and a chance to enjoy the ambience of the town. Downtown, visit the replica of the Mayflower and Plymouth RockPlimoth Plantation is a living museum with demonstrations and re-enactments of how early settlers and Native Americans lived. The town of Plymouth is quite large. There are many back roads to explore such as through the small village of Ellisville.  Take a walk through woods to the beach and along the marsh at Ellisville Harbor State Park. If you go there on an early spring day, you may see seals basking on the rocks offshore during low tide.