April 27, 2023

Places To See in Southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island

We’re lucky to live and work in one of the most beautiful and historical places in the United States.

BayCoast Bank is fortunate to be situated near the stunning Narragansett Bay, which offers numerous landmarks ideal for day trips for both individuals and families. Check out some of our top picks:

Block Island

This picturesque destination is an easy ferry ride from the mainland, and it offers plenty of summer charm. It features 17 miles of open beaches, as well as lots of room for biking, hiking, and boating. You’ll also find souvenir stores, art galleries, and gourmet restaurants. Be sure to visit the Southeast Light, a 150-year-old lighthouse with great island views.

Battleship Cove (Fall River, MA)

The museum and memorial feature the world’s largest collection of World War II naval vessels, headlined by the battleship USS Massachusetts (BB-59), also known as the “Big Mamie”. You can walk on board a destroyer and a submarine, and experience what it was like to be a sailor during wartime. You can even hold your wedding or other special events on deck!

Newport Mansions (Newport, RI)

Newport was the summer playground for America’s wealthiest families. One of those families, the Vanderbilts, built an opulent summer home called The Breakers at the height of the Gilded Age. Now owned by Newport’s Preservation Society, The Breakers is one of the grandest of the Newport mansions and has become the most visited attraction in Rhode Island. Its furnishings and decorations, imported from all over the world, are spread across more than 60,000 square feet of living space. Now you can tour the private rooms of one of America’s most famous families.

New Bedford Whaling Museum (New Bedford, MA)

For decades, sailors shipped out from this coastal city to hunt great whales. The New Bedford Whaling Museum takes you inside this bygone industry, with exhibits on the science, culture, art, and history of whaling. You can also climb aboard a half-scale replica of the Lagoda, a merchant ship purchased by Jonathan Bourne of New Bedford in 1841, and learn what life was like on an epic journey across the seas.

The Arcade (Providence, RI)

Built in 1828, The Arcade is the oldest indoor shopping mall in the country. Now, this downtown Providence landmark features everything from restaurants and bookstores to hair salons and tourism offices. You can live in this historic landmark, too, with 48 newly-added loft apartments taking up the top floors.

Lizzie Borden House (Fall River, MA)

America’s true crime fascination started here, with the 1892 murder and subsequent trial that made Lizzie Borden infamous. Borden was acquitted of killing her father and stepmother, so the case remains officially unsolved. Now you can tour the house and decide for yourself. You can even book an overnight stay — if you dare! 

At BayCoast Bank, we love our community, and we love helping our neighbors achieve their dreams. Contact us today, and we’ll give you all the tools you need to meet your financial goals.

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