3 Things to do in Fairhaven, Massachusetts
Fairhaven, Massachusetts, settled in 1659, is a small town located in Bristol County, Massachusetts. Fairhaven shares a harbor with neighboring New Bedford, which is known for its’ whaling and fishing history. This small, but scenic town, features charming old architecture. Plenty of recreation opportunities exist including the Phoenix Bike Trail, West Island Town Beach, and Fort Phoenix State Beach and Reservation. Take a look at my list of 3 things you should do when visiting Fairhaven!
1. Take a stroll along West Island Town Beach
This beautiful laid-back beach is often ranked among the best in New England. Day passes are available for both residents and non-residents and vary in price based on the time of year. It’s a great beach for a nature walk, relaxing, and taking photographs. Check out some of the beautiful pictures we took during our trip!
The WW2 Lookout Tower
West Island Town Beach Location: Fir Street Fairhaven, MA 02719
2. Take a scenic bike ride along the Phoenix Rail Trail
The Phoenix Rail Trail is a scenic 3.5 mile path which passes through forests, marshes, and farms. Most of the path is wooded and desolate, making it a very quiet, green, and enjoyable ride. The trail links to the uncompleted Mattapoisett Rail Trail for an extra mile (this trail will eventually span 26 miles). Round trip, the Phoenix Rail Trail is a very easy, flat, scenic 7 mile ride. Take a look at the gorgeous views on this path!
Location of Phoenix Rail Trail: 8 Main St Fairhaven, MA 02719
3. Explore the area’s natural history
Fairhaven was established back in 1659, meaning the area is rich with history. Willow Park in Fairhaven is the former location of an old burial ground. This burial ground dates back to 1771! We definitely had an eerie feeling biking past this area, especially since the graves were moved over to Riverside Cemetery. The park now retains an eerie vibe and you can feel something strange in the air as you pass the area.
Location of the Old Burying Ground: South Street & Main Street Fairhaven, MA
More fun in the region
While you are in the area make sure to check out The Pasta House – great Italian food! You can check out my review here.