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Memorial Day – Labor Day

explore new bedford’s vibrant culture this summer in the seaport

What You Can Expect This Summer In The Seaport

working waterfront
boutique shops, markets and galleries 
the first free home of Frederick Douglass
public art around every corner

historic houses &
diverse neighborhoods 
outdoor dining, sunday brunch,
new bedford brews and
the freshest seafood  

gardens, green space,
farmers markets and pocket parks
bikeways, beaches and beautiful
ocean views

museums dedicated to whales,
glass, art, families and fishing
theatres, a symphony,
a zoo and a national park

Explore The Seaport This Summer

Summer in the Seaport Suggestions
September 2nd – September 6th
Labor Day Weekend in New Bedford 


Delicias de Anita Restaurant (285 Union St, downtown) serves up authentic Mexican, Salvadorian and Guatemalan food


Enjoy all-you-can-eat sushi and appetizers, bento box specials, hot pot, hibachi and more at Ming Sushi (774 Purchase St, downtown)


Kilburn Mills Open Studios
Saturday 9/4, 12-4pm 
Live music with Nashville recording artist Jillian Dawn, artist demos, poetry readings and more
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32nd Public Hanging
at Gallery X (169 William St, downtown) featuring over 300 pieces of art by 83 artists 
Last day to view Sunday 9/5


The White Whale Gift Shop (located inside the New Bedford Whaling Museum) specializes in nautical, New Bedford, Moby Dick and Herman Melville related books, clothing, home goods and more 
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The Drawing Room (36 N. Water St, downtown) is a curated art and design shop featuring handcrafted original products by New England artisans 


Summer Sound Series Finale  
Thursday 9/2, 2-7pm 
in Custom House Square 
Presented by the Zeiterion 
& Destination New Bedford
Live music by the Punk Cellist Ian Legge and Cabo Verdean musician Djim Job
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Enjoy live music Thurs-Sun along with coastal cuisine, ocean views (including the Butler Flats lighthouse and Fort Taber) and beach party vibes at Cisco Kitchen & Bar (1482 E Rodney French Blvd, southend) 

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Itineraries & More 

put together by people who live, work and play in the city by the seaport

The Underground Railroad, Frederick Douglass and the Passage to Freedom

Before you arrive, take a virtual tour of the Nathan and Polly Johnson House where Fredrick Douglass lived when he arrived in New Bedford. This award-winning virtual tour was created by National Park Service for the Nathan and Polly Johnson House. The Johnson House was an Underground Railroad site and the first home in Freedom for a number of freedom seekers.
When you arrive, visit the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park Visitor Center and pick up a walking tour brochures for the Underground Railroad in New Bedford and Behind the Mansion where you can see the Nathan and Polly Johnson House on one end of Seventh Street the Rotch-Jones-Duff House on the other. The brochures are free. You can also get your National Park Passport stamp and pick up a Junior Ranger Booklet.
Finish the day with a tour of the Rotch Jones Duff House and Garden Museum located at the end of Abolition Row. The RJD epitomizes the “brave houses and flowery gardens” described by Herman Melville in Moby-Dick. Greek Revival in style, it was designed by architect Richard Upjohn, a founder and first president of the American Institute of Architects, in 1834. It is the only whaling mansion open to the public in New England that retains its original configuration of grounds and outbuildings. The house chronicles important chapters in American history when New Bedford had a major influence on the international arenas of commerce, trade, and culture via whaling, and later through textiles. The property encompasses a full city block of gardens.

Explore The
NB Fishing Port

Find Outdoor (& Dog Friendly!)
Dining on the SouthCoast 

Whitfield-Manjiro Museum in Fairhaven Re-Opens June 6th 

Spend A Perfect Weekend 
In New Bedford

Take A Museum Tour
With An NB Newbie

New Bedford Museums
Offer Joint Admission Starting June 1

Explore The
Buy Black NB Directory  

The New Bedford Queer Art Council
Curated Queer Arts History Tour

Explore History, Architecture,
Parks, and Art

Take An Ice Cream Tour 

with an NB Newbie 

Buttonwood Park Zoo
Behind-The-Scenes Tour

Summer Eats with
a SouthCoast Twist

Best Lobster Rolls
On The SouthCoast

Rainy Day Fun
In New Bedford

30 Unique
SouthCoast Cocktails 

Self-Guided Tours

Take A Public Art Walk 

Stretch your legs and catch some sunshine with three self-guided public art walks in the North End’s Love the Ave and the Seaport Cultural District’s waterfront and downtown.
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Explore The Historical Impact Of Local Women 

Lighting the Way: Historic Women of SouthCoast is a historical walking trail through downtown New Bedford that tells the stories of educators, philanthropists, abolitionists, crusaders for social justice, investors, confectioners, sister sailors, mill workers, and others.  
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Take A New Bedford Architecture Tour 

Including Acushnet Heights, County Street, West of County Street, Old Bedford Village and Kempton’s Corner.
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Find Free Family Fun

New Bedford is a small historic city full of awesome adventures, sightseeing treasures and hours of exploration, and is the perfect place to bring the kids.
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Travel The Blue Lane

A cohesive designation that creates a contiguous path along the entire New Bedford waterfront – from the CoveWalk and HarborWalk along the South End peninsula to the RiverWalk on the banks of the Acushnet in the North End.
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Explore New Bedford’s Black History Trail

New Bedford served as a haven for Southern slaves as part of the Underground Railroad. At one point, the city was home to the highest population of African Americans in all of the Northeast. The downtown, waterfront area is now designated as the New Bedford Whaling National Historic Park.
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Take A Self-Guided New Bedford Art Walk

Recently, there has been somewhat of a take-over of the downtown area. Local and visiting artists who are leaving their own marks on the city’s landscape. From permanent murals to temporary installations, there are pieces all over town causing a buzz. Some of them are out in the open and easy to come by. Other pieces are less obvious, depending on where you find yourself.
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Explore The NB Fishing Port

Half Day

Welcome to the nation’s most valuable fishing port! 
Start your day at the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center to learn about the workings of the fishing industry and explore the history and culture of the Port. Before leaving, be sure to pick up the Center’s Illustrated Guide to the Workboats of New Bedford Harbor which you can refer to when you get down to the waterfront.
On your way to the waterfront stop into the historic Seamen’s Bethel which commemorates those lost at sea from whaling days to the present.
From there, head down to the docks to see the fishing fleet up close and check out Harvesters of the Deep, DATMA’s  public art installation exploring women who work in the seafood industry featuring the work of internationally acclaimed photographers from Korea, Scotland, and New Bedford.
Enjoy lunch at the Black Whale and ice cream at Acushnet Creamery.

Full Day

Add either a morning or afternoon at the New Bedford Whaling Museum.
Fuel up for the day with breakfast at Tia Maria’s European Cafe or wind down with a dinner of sustainable seafood at Union Flats (Coming Soon!).