Beach, Play, & Tour the Shore

Are you visiting the South Coast area on vacation and looking for an entirely free day at the beach to bask in the sun, and perfect for the whole family? The kids can burn some energy on the playground, or take a tour around one of the most historical locations in New England! Or perhaps you’d enjoy burning some calories taking a walk or riding your bike on a beautiful jetty overlooking the ocean? How about a day of peace and quiet where you can cast your salt water rod, read a book or get some work done?

Well, Fort Phoenix is the perfect spot! This beautiful public park and beach overlooks Buzzards Bay on the east side of New Bedford Harbor in Fairhaven and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The fort dates back to the first naval battle of the American Revolution, was manned during the Civil War, and in 1926 was purchased by Mrs. Urban B. Broughton of New England, who is known today as the “Lady of Fairhaven.” Fort Phoenix is named after the mythical bird believed to have risen from the ashes.

“Guarding the Harbor of Fairhaven & New Bedford since 1777”

The town of Fairhaven diligently maintains the park’s clean public restrooms and safe playground equipment. Interested yet? Read on…There’s more!

Every Fourth of July, and at dusk each September, the Fairhaven Militia fires the park’s five, 24-pound cannons as part of their Historical Encampment, open to the public. This historical park also offers many free tours including the Henry H. Rogers 90 minute Walking Tour on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, 10:00 a.m. June through September, beginning outside the Town Hall on 40 Center Street. The one hour Fort Phoenix Minuteman Tour offered Thursday afternoons at 2:00 p.m. June through September which includes a flintlock rifle firing demonstration and begins at the Fort Phoenix flagpole on Fort Street. The Goodwife Spooner Fort Phoenix Tour is offered on Friday afternoons at 2:00 p.m.during July and August and also begins at the Fort Phoenix flagpole on Fort Street. The Riverside Cemetery Tours are scheduled on specific weekend dates in the spring and fall.

For a full list of events or to book a field trip, bus tour, or private tour arranged by the Fairhaven Office of Tourism visit: or call 508-508-4085.

For more information:

Fort Phoenix Click here for their NBTG listing!


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