Thurs – Sun
Memorial Day – Labor Day

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

What You Can Expect This Summer In The Seaport

outdoor dining
working waterfront
public art around every corner
underground rail road

sunday brunch
historic houses
gardens, green space and pocket parks
new bedford brews

museums dedicated to
whales, glass, art & fishing
over 30 boutique shops

galleries, theatres, a symphony
and a national park

Find Your Summer in the Seaport  
Planning to spend an afternoon, an overnight
or a long weekend in New Bedford? 
Check out these sample itineraries put together by
people who live, work and play in the city by the seaport. 

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. 

Take A Self-Guided 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 Self-Guided New Bedford Architecture Tour 

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