You don’t have to go to Boston to experience the arts, nature or high-end shopping.

There are great museums, parks, zoos and shopping destinations all within 20 minutes of the College.


Attleboro Arts Museum
86 Park Street
Attleboro, MA
(508) 222-2644
Admission: free to the public for all exhibits and most events.

Description: This museum focuses on art exhibits, programming, and classes that promote community interaction and celebrate Attleboro’s rich cultural heritage. The museum’s collection includes paintings, prints, and objects of historical significance to the Attleboro area. There is also an outdoor sculpture garden, and the museum hosts numerous films, performances, and presentations. There are classroom facilities on-site, and the museum has helped develop several art-focused community outreach programs.

The Children’s Museum in Easton
The Old Fire Station – 9 Sullivan Avenue
P.O. Box 417
North Easton, MA 02356
(508) 230-3789

Description: Housed in a former fire station (complete with a fire pole to climb and a bell to ring), this museum is a “learning playground.” There are many hands-on exhibits and programs designed to foster children’s curiosity. Visitors can explore the performance center (theatrics), the “moon room,” the “kid’s clinic,” and much more. Free parking and picnic area available.

Heritage State Park and Battleship Cove
Davol Street
Fall River, MA
(508) 675-5759

Description: Heritage State Park and Battleship Cove are adjacent to each other on Fall River’s historic waterfront. In addition to the Marine and Railroad museums, the USS Massachusetts is docked here. There is also a carousel and a lovely outdoor area.

Marine Museum
70 Water Street
Fall River, MA
(508) 674-3533

Description: One of the main attractions at this museum is its Titanic exhibit. This display includes a 28-foot model used in the 1953 movie, as well as survivors’ accounts, photographs, and an extensive collection of artifacts and memorabilia rescued from the ship. There is also a slide show about the Titanic (about 50 minutes long) at 2 p.m. on Sundays. Other exhibits focus on navigational aides, WWII vessels and the Fall River Line, a combination steamboat and railroad line that transported goods from New York to Boston from 1847 to 1937.

USS Massachusetts at Battleship Cove
Five Water Street
P.O. Box 111
Fall River, MA 02722
(800) 533-3194 (New England Only)
(508) 678-1100

Description: Explore this ship as well as the other battleships and submarines at Battleship Cove. Visitors can take a self-guided tour of the boat and see the living quarters, command centers, and various decks as they were on a WWII battleship. There is also a snack bar on board.

Providence Children’s Museum
100 South St
Providence, RI
(401) 273-KIDS (5437)

Description: This museum has moved from its former home in Pawtucket to its new location. In addition to many interactive exhibits, there are a variety of special programs daily. Information about current programs can be obtained by calling.

Parks and Zoos

Borderland State Park
257 Massapoag Avenue
Easton/Sharon, MA
(508) 238-6566

Description: The park occupies what was the country estate of Blanche and Oakes Ames. She was an artist and he a professor of Botany at Harvard at the turn of the century. The 1800 acres of woodlands offer many trails for hiking and ponds for fishing, as well as plenty of room for games and kite flying. The centerpiece of the park is the Ames mansion, which houses several historical exhibits. Tours may be scheduled.

Capron Park
201 County Street (Rt. 123 W)
Attleboro, MA
(508) 222-6202

Description: Capron Park has a 6 acre zoo with many exhibits of exotic animals and their habitats, including primates, bears, lions, and nocturnal animals. The park also features a playground and concession stands.

Caratunk Wildlife Refuge
301 Brown Avenue
Seekonk, MA 02771
(508) 761-8230

Description: This Wildlife Refuge is run by the Audubon Society. Hiking trails in the Refuge’s 200 acres of pine forests pass streams and ponds where one may see birds such as warblers, wood ducks, and turkeys. There is a nature center with exhibits, a gift shop, and restrooms. Plenty of free parking is also available. There are picnic tables; however, visitors must remove all their own trash, as there are no trash facilities on site.

Roger Williams Park Zoo
1000 Elmwood Ave
Providence, RI 02907
(401) 785-3510

Description: Roger Williams Park Zoo is one of the best zoos in the country, according to the New York Times. It is known for its expansive, naturalistic exhibits of many habitats, such as the Plains of Africa. Adjacent to the zoo is a park that features a playground, carousel, pony rides (on weekends), paddleboats, and a natural History Museum. Family passes are available.

Shopping and Entertainment

Mansfield Crossing
280 School Street
Mansfield, MA 02048

Description: Opened in 2007, Mansfield Crossing offers a vibrant blend of retailers and restaurants in an open-air, pedestrian-friendly environment featuring wide sidewalks with benches, detailed landscaping, and a walking path around a centrally located, natural four-acre pond. Mansfield Crossing is home to leading retailers and restaurants including L.L.Bean, Borders, Best Buy, Kohl’s, Sports Authority, American Eagle Outfitters, Coldwater Creek, Ann Taylor LOFT, T.G.I. Friday’s, Bertucci’s, Chico’s, Michaels, and Petco

Patriot Place
Two Patriot Place
Foxborough, MA 02035
(508) 203-2100

Description: Adjacent to Gillette Stadium, Patriot Place features more than 1.3 million square feet of shopping, entertainment and commercial uses. You will find major fashion retailers, live and interactive entertainment, eateries, a four-star hotel, state of the art theatre and much, much more.

Wrentham Village Premium Outlets
One Premium Outlets Boulevard
Wrentham, MA 02093
(508) 384-0600

Description: 170 outlet stores. Find impressive savings at Banana Republic, Barneys New York, Burberry, Coach, Elie Tahari, Hugo Boss, J.Crew, Kenneth Cole, Lacoste, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren, Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th, Salvatore Ferragamo, Sony and more.

Providence Place
One Providence Place
Providence, Rhode Island, 02903
(401) 270-1000

Description: Providence Place is the ideal venue for tour de force shopping excursions, family outings and intimate rendezvous. With more than 170 stores, eight restaurants, and entertainment venues, you’ll find something for every age, taste and style. Stores include Nordstrom, Tiffany & Co., Coach, The Apple Store, The Cheesecake Factory, Sephora, J. Jill, Sony Style, Build-A-Bear Workshop and Dave & Buster’s. With its stunning architecture, a downtown location, a lively streetscape and carpeted floors, Providence Place provides a one-of-a-kind shopping experience.

Emerald Square Mall
Route 1 South (999 South Washington St)
North Attleboro, MA 02760
(508) 699-7979
(508) 699-4100

Description: A three-floor shopping mall featuring Filene’s, J.C. Penny’s, Sears, The Disney Store, a food court, restaurants and many other shops.

Silver City Galleria
2 Galleria Mall Drive
Taunton, MA 02780
(508) 823-3333

Description: 2-floor shopping mall featuring Hoyt’s Cinemas, an indoor mini-golf course, Filene’s, J.C. Penny’s, Sears, a food court, restaurants and many other stores.

Showcase Cinemas
Route 1 North (640 South Washington Street)
(508) 643-3900
North Attleboro, MA

Description: A large cinema with 12 theaters.

Narrows Center for the Arts
16 Anawan Street
Fall River, MA 02721

Description: Located in the waterfront district of Fall River, Mass., the Narrows Center hosts national and local musicians, performing and visual artists, writers and performers. The volunteer-run center includes a 280-seat performance space and an art gallery, housed in an old mill building with views of the pier, Braga Bridge and Battleship Cove.

This information is provided as a courtesy to Wheaton’s visitors. However, please remember that the organizations themselves are the most reliable source of information on hours of operation, admission prices, and the like. Contact with corrections or suggestions for additional listings.