Fall River, with a population of 91,802 (2005), is conveniently located 50 miles from Boston, 30 minutes from Cape Cod, and less than 20 minutes from both Newport and Providence, Rhode Island. The eighth largest city in Massachusetts, Fall River is nicknamed "The Scholarship City" and, along with New Bedford, is considered one of the two most important cities along the South Coast of Massachusetts. The city is known as the home of Battleship Cove, the world's largest collection of World War II naval vessels. Battleship Cove houses the USS Massachusetts, the destroyer USS Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr., and the submarine USS Lionfish. Fall River is also remembered as the home of Lizzie Borden, who was accused of the famous 1892 ax murder of her father and stepmother. Local lore says that the house is still haunted by Lizzie, her father, stepmother, and the family cat.
Notable attractions in Fall River include The First Congregational Church, the Freetown-Fall River State Forest, Fall River Historical Society, the Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast, and Kennedy, North, and Ruggles Parks. Fall River hosts several annual festivals, most of which occur during the summer months. One of the most popular events is Fall River Celebrates America, a four-day festival featuring live music and family entertainment, celebrated in honor of the nation's veterans.
Dining in Fall River is a worldly experience, as the city offers a colorful array of ethnic dining establishments serving up everything from Portuguese to Asian to Lebanese cuisines. The presence of the International Institute of Culinary Arts, Fall River makes for great diversity in palatable delights. The city's Cultural District, which is linked with its waterfront, boasts numerous ethnic bakeries, restaurants, and specialty shops that import goods from Portugal, the Azores, and other locations around the globe. Emeril Lagasse, a Fall River native and one of the nation's most renowned chefs, often speaks of the delicious food back home in Fall River.