Fall River (Massachusetts)

Fall River is a city in Massachusetts on the south seacoast, located along the eastern shore of Mount Hope Bay at the mouth of the Taunton River.


Fall River was the largest cotton textile manufacturing area in the late 1800s (AKA Spindle City). Many of the old brick buildings now lie vacant, have been renovated into stores such as the Burlington Coat Factory, and others on Quequechan Street, while others have burned (one in 1983 or the Kerr Mill fire in 1986) as well as been torn down. In and about the areas around these mills the streets, once cobblestone, have been paved however near the center of the city (end of Plymouth Ave) you may catch a glimpse of the past after a bad winter when the pavement is broken up. In fact that area was paved over (including the trolley tracks about 20 yrs ago). Fall River is also the home of the historical Lizzie Borden trial, as well as the hometown of famous chef, Emeril Lagasse.

Fall River has the highest percentage (over 40%) of Portuguese of any city in the country; most are of Azorean descent.

New England climates are typically unpredictable and can range from bitter cold to very hot. Winters can be freezing and can feature varying levels of snowfall. Summer weather can be humid and hot, especially in the city. The most temperate times of the year are late spring and late summer/early fall.

Get in

Get around

The city of Fall River is most easily traversed by car. Fall River does offer transportation via bus, provided by the Southeastern Regional Transportation Authority (SRTA). There are also a few taxi companies that service residents and visitors of the city, including Town Taxi and Yellow Cab of Fall River.


Battleship Cove



Bristol Community College is a two year community college with a wide array of degree options, ranging from certificates, to associate degrees. BCC offers transfer options to four year colleges, as well as competitive two year programs in Nursing and Dental Hygiene.



Fall River has an extremely wide variety of dining options, and is especially known for their delicious Portuguese style restaurants.



Stay safe

Crime has become a concern in recent years in Fall River. While all cities have their share of crime, Fall River ranks as one of the most dangerous cities in Massachusetts. Visitors should avoid areas around Slade St. and Pleasant St. in particular. It is not recommended to visit parks at night due to a high probability of victimization.

Go next

Routes through Fall River

Providence Somerset  W  E  Westport New Bedford
Boston Freetown  N  S  Tiverton Portsmouth
Providence Somerset  W  E  Westport New Bedford
END  N  S  Tiverton Little Compton
Boston Somerset  N  S  Tiverton Newport

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