New Bedford Preservation Society
Architecture Walking Tours (Self Guided)
The New Bedford Preservation Society presents five engaging architecture walking tours of some of New Bedford's most picturesque 19th Century neighborhoods (County Street, West of County Street, Kempton's Corner, Old Bedford Village and Acushnet Heights). A lovely way to spend a leisurely summer afternoon, these self guided walking tour brochures may be… click for more details
Tour the locations that likely inspired Herman Melville to capture New Bedford in Chapters 2-13 of Moby Dick. Visit the Seamen's Bethel, "the Whaleman's Chapel" in Melville's novel. See the Rodman House, which exemplifies the "opulent" and "patrician like houses," which Melville noted characterized New Bedford.
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Lighting the Way: Historic Women of SouthCoast explores the historical impact of women from the region. Learn the stories of educators, philanthropists, abolitionists, crusaders for social justice, investors, confectioners, sister sailors, mill workers, and others as you walk through downtown New Bedford. Lighting the Way encompasses a historical walking trail in downtown New Bedford with accompanying trail map and mobile… click for more details
Ready to embark on a whale of a good time? Discover this one-of-a-kind collection of sites, stories, and adventures curated by the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism. The Massachusetts Whale Trail links nearly 40 museums, attractions, whale watching excursions, historic sites, and tours dedicated to our special connection with these beloved creatures of the deep. Explore locations in Southeastern… click for more details
New Bedford Food Tours' guided culinary tours will take guests on engaging journeys into the cultural and historical contexts of the Whaling City, a place that has always been inextricably tied to the sea. Sample a variety of local foods infused with New Bedford's diverse heritage, from Portuguese and Cape Verdean dishes to New England classics that blend culinary innovations… click for more details
Embark on a tour of the historic port of New Bedford, the nation's #1 Commercial Fishing Port! Board "The Acushnet" on Pier 3 and bask in the aromas of The Whale's Tail, Mirasol's Cafe Express, and The Black Whale- all excellent places to quench your thirst and satisfy your appetite before or after your tour.
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The New Bedford Preservation Society has created mobile tours of the city's historic neighborhoods. These tours will give a sense of place by providing the context for the role of history and architecture in the city's growth and prosperity. Download the app builder PocketSights, search for 02740, and scroll down to "New Bedford Pathways." Then get to walking!
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Need to stretch your legs and catch some sunshine? #NBCreative is here to help with three self-guided public art walks in the North End’s Love the Ave and the Seaport Cultural District’s waterfront and downtown. New Bedford artists love to light the way into the future. In return, they ask that you practice social distance guidelines as you self-guide your… click for more details
- Rodney French Boulevard
The Blue Lane is a cohesive designation for the city’s waterfront path from the CoveWalk and HarborWalk along the South End peninsula to the planned RiverWalk on the banks of the Acushnet River in the North End. Spanning the shoreline of the city as a signal to residents and tourists of a contiguous set of recreational pathways that allows travel… click for more details
Weekends starting June 16; every day during July through September. Find out why New Bedford was the 19th Century’s world capitol of industrial whaling. What caused the decline of this source of oil energy? What can we learn from the earliest globalized energy industry and the women and men who toiled on the sea and land? Join a park ranger… click for more details