Experiencing New Bedford is more than just walking down cobblestone streets, admiring waterfront views, or dipping toes into sparkling waters on sandy-shored beaches. Instead, visiting New Bedford is an experience in all things Americana. New Bedford rings in the New Year with one of the region’s most spirited New Year’s Eve parties featuring street performers, stilt walkers, jugglers, and fire-eaters. It culminates with a breath-taking fireworks display.
Year-round visitors can learn about the area’s culture by walking through the legendary Whaling Museum and Fishing Heritage Museum. After viewing the exhibits, step outside and see the real thing by taking a self-guided tour of New England Seaport, America’s number one fishing port.
While navigating the historic walking paths it is hard not to notice the impact that local artists have had on the community. As tourists discover the creativity of the many local artists, they will understand why New Bedford has recently earned the distinction of being the Seventh Most Artistic City in America. Whether it is walking in the footsteps of Frederick Douglas or seeing first-hand where Herman Melville found his inspiration for Moby Dick, a visit to New Bedford will prove to be an experience worthy of a return trip (or two)!
Photo by John Robson
New Bedford Regional Airport
1569 Airport Road
New Bedford, MA 02746