Fall River, New Bedford, Mattapoisett,
Marion, Pocasset, Bourne
As the whaling and fishing industries brought much commerce to those cities and neighboring towns in the Buzzard’s Bay area, lighthouses were built to guide the increasing shipping traffic and mariners who were making a steady profitable living.
Massachusetts Lighthouses in the Buzzards Bay Area
You Can Drive or Hike To
Note: The lighthouses mentioned below that you can drive to can also be viewed from various boat tours offered, see Boat Tours below. Driving directions are heading in primarily a northeastern direction.
Click any lighthouse link below to find out information about each lighthouse including historic snapshots, directions, more photos, and links for places to visit.
Massachusetts Lighthouses in the Buzzards Bay Region- Best Viewed by Boat
Places to Visit:
Massachusetts in the
Buzzards Bay (southwestern) Region
|Fall River contains Battleship Cove, showcasing the world’s largest naval ship exhibit with at least five ships visitors can tour aboard. These vessels include the mighty battleship USS Massachusetts, the destroyer USS Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr., and PT boats used in the South Pacific during World War II.|
Explore the haunted Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast/ Museum, one of the most controversial criminal events of the 19th century.
New Bedford’s Whaling Museum displays maritime exhibits and historical artifacts from the 19th century.
Fort Taber is now a recreational park with views of Clark's Point and Butler Flats lighthouses with a lighted boardwalk or walking pier for visitors to relax, or fish off shore.
Nearby, visit the 156-foot Schooner Ernestina built in 1864, which is located in New Bedford. It is currently in Boothbay Maine, undergoing full restoration, but will return to New Bedofr in 2018.
Ned’s Point Lighthouse sits in a small park, called Veterans Memorial Park, in Marion.
All along the rural coast from Ned's Point light through Bourne, heading towards and through the Cape Cod Canal into Cape Cod, there are plenty of beaches to relax at. Many of these beaches are not crowded, as most tourists are looking at heading directly into Cape Cod, by-passing these scenic gems. One of these beaches includes Queen Swell Beach. For those with familes and needing a lifeguard, Hen Cove Beach is another quiet jewel with calm waters and a defined swimming area, or try Electric Avenue Beach which is on the edge of Buzzards Bay. Gray Gables Beach is another with a basketball net provided for anxious teenagers. There is also Monument Beach in Bourne, which is a popular destination, so this one can be crowded, and is located just before the entrance to the Cape Cod Canal.
In Pocasset is Barlows Landing off Route 28, which is a mid-sized quiet yet spacious beach on Pocasset Harbor. For those looking for a picture perfect quiet setting, without amenities (although lifeguards are posted), try Picture Lake, with its setting amongst pine trees for lots of sun and shade.
In Pocasset, Wing's Neck ighthouse can be viewed at the end of a small cul-de-sac, and is available year round as a rental for lighthouse enthusiasts.
Spend a relaxing day at Old Silver Beach in North Falmouth about 4 miles from Pocasset, or any of Falmouth’s many beaches.
Boat Tours: Massachusetts Lighthouses
in the Buzzards Bay Region (southwest)
Boas listed below may pass by lighthouses mentioned coming to and from New Bedford Harbor as part of charters, narrated wildlife and historic tours, ferrying passengers, whale watching, fishing tours and other types of excursions.
Cuttyhunk Ferry Company, Inc.
66B State Pier, South Bulkhead
New Bedford, MA 02740 (508) 992-0200
Lighthouses: Palmer’s Island, Butler Flats Lighthouse, Clark’s Point Lighthouse
Whaling City Expeditions
120 Front Street
New Bedford, MA 02741
Lighthouses: Palmer’s Island
Ferry from New Bedford to Martha’s Vineyard
49 State Pier
New Bedford, MA 02740
(866) 683 3779
Lighthouses: Palmer Island Lighthouse, Butler Flats Lighthouse, Clark’s Point Lighthouse
For All You Massachusetts Visitors
My new book, Lighthouses and Coastal Attractions of Southern New England: Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts, provides lots of special human interest stories from each of the 92 lighthouses, along with plenty of additional indoor and outdoor coastal attractions and tours in the area, with contact info to plan your trip. I'll be happy to sign it for you here, or you'll find it in any fine bookstore.