COVID-19 Travel Update

Effective August 1, 2020, all visitors and returning residents entering Massachusetts must follow new travel orders. The Commonwealth has made great progress to slow the spread of COVID-19 and gradually re-open the economy, and all visitors have a responsibility to help us keep transmission levels as low as possible. For more information regarding the Massachusetts COVID-19 Travel Order please visit Mass.gov here.

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."

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The only question is where to begin?

Imagine a place where you can…

Get inspired by one of the most vibrant artist communities in the good ol’ USA.*

See the past come to life in our historic downtown district.

Fascinate your children with history and culture.

Savor mouth-watering food and drinks (think fresh local seafood, craft beers and great company).

Explore one of the oldest and most charming small zoos in the country.

Experience truly experience, our world-famous Whaling Museum where you will be blown away.

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?