WELCOME TO OUR BELOVED CITY & your latest amazing destination

Explore. Shop. Dine. Stay in our vibrant and culturally rich (not to mention award-winning!) city. Come see our working waterfront, America’s #1 fishing port. And, while you’re here, we hope you experience everything that makes us proud to call this incredible City “home.”

The only question is where to begin?

Imagine a place where you can…
  1. Get inspired by one of the most vibrant artist communities in the good ol’ USA.*
  2. See the past come to life in our historic downtown district.
  1. Fascinate your children with history and culture.
  2. Savor mouth-watering food and drinks (think fresh local seafood, craft beers and great company).
  3. Explore one of the oldest and most charming small zoos in the country.
  1. Experience, truly experience, our world-famous Whaling Museum where you will be blown away.
  2. Enjoy performances and concerts at the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center, our vintage 1920s theater.

We are a passionate hard-working people who’ve settled here from all over the world. Welcome to our home!

Get a taste for what makes this city dynamic—cultural diversity, world-renowned feasts and festivals, beaches and boating, parks and playgrounds, great architecture, cobblestone streets and home to the New Bedford Whaling National Historic Park. Find out why we LOVE New Bedford… then you will, too!

Pack your suitcases, creatives! Did you know New Bedford is the 7th most artistic city in America?

City of New Bedford YouTube Video