Introduction to Marion, Massachusetts
Marion, Massachusetts, in Plymouth county, is 9 miles NE of New Bedford, Massachusetts (center to center) and 48 miles S of Boston, Massachusetts Boston, Massachusetts. The town has a population of 5,123.
The town of Marion, which was first settled in 1679, was known as Sippican after the name of a local river. The area was originally inhabited by the Wampanoag Indians. The harbor at the center of the town is also named after the Native American tribe. Marion was officially incorporated in 1852. The town was named in the honor of Francis Marion, a Revolutionary war hero. Located in Buzzards Bay, Marion’s industries rely on its waters for both fishing and tourism.
Marion and nearby Attractions
- Water Wizz Amusement Park
- Pepperidge Farm Incorporated
- Captain John Kendrick Maritime Museum
- The Cataumet Arts Center
- Porter Thermometer Museum
- Fort Taber Park
Things To Do In Marion
Marion offers ample recreational opportunities for visitors. People may go to the Fairhaven Recreation Complex or Water Wizz Amusement Park for an outing with kids and family. Parks such as Cushman Park, Cataumet Playground, and Fort Taber Park offer outdoor activities like fishing, boating, hiking, and picnicking. Those interested in history may visit museums like Porter Thermometer Museum and Captain John Kendrick Maritime Museum. The Myles Standish State Forest offers visitors a great experience of the area’s flora and fauna.
Air transportation is available from the Theodore Francis Green State International Airport.
Marion Higher Education
Colleges near Marion include University of Dartmouth- Dartmouth, Bridgewater State College, Bristol Community College and Massasoit Community College.