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New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park

33 William St, New Bedford, MA 02740-6222
+1 508-996-4095
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Even fun for locals!

After years of saying that I would take a walking tour, I'm so glad that I did! As an employee of a... read more

Reviewed today
cwdemello
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Dartmouth, Massachusetts
So much history

this is a block away from the museum. get some of the tours and learn the history of this melting... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Mark K
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Bristol, Wisconsin
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New Bedford was the mid 19th century's preeminent whaling port and for a time the richest city in the world. Whaling, a leading 19th century enterprise, contributed to America's economic and political vitality. New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park helps to preserve, protect, and interpret certain districts, structures, and artifacts that are associated with the history of whaling and related social, economic, and environmental themes for the benefit and inspiration of this and future generations. The park encompasses 34 acres spread over 13 city blocks and includes the New Bedford Whaling Museum, the Seamen's Bethel, the schooner Ernestina, and the Rotch-Jones-Duff House and Garden Museum. These efforts will be undertaken in partnership with the city of New Bedford, local and regional institutions, and the Inupiat Heritage Center in Barrow, Alaska. Address is for the National Park Visitor Center.
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Hours Today: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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33 William St, New Bedford, MA 02740-6222
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"visitor center"
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"walking tour"
in 11 reviews
"underground railroad"
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"cobblestone streets"
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"frederick douglass"
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"escaped slaves"
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"minute movie"
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"lots of great information"
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"junior ranger booklet"
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"elm street"
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"park service"
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"parking garage"
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"commercial fishing"
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"free tour"
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"seaman's bethel"
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"interesting history"
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"downtown area"
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Reviewed today

After years of saying that I would take a walking tour, I'm so glad that I did! As an employee of a local youth development organization I had the pleasure of taking a walking tour along with a group of kids, and it was fun...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

this is a block away from the museum. get some of the tours and learn the history of this melting pot area.

Thank Mark K
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The history of whaling told in this historic park. Some places to see are the Seaman's Bethel, the Mariner's Home and the New Bedford Whaling Museum. There is an admission fee for the museum, but well worth the cost.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were fortunate to have Lucy for a walking tour of historic New Bedford. She brought to life the two hundred year old buildings with tales of residents.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were just walking around and happened upon a guided tour with three tourists. Whoa- she was a treasure trove of local history! (Lucy Bly, a real asset to the park!)The visitors center had some excellent exhibits and a 20 minute film about the whaling...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great place to spend an hour or two learning about the whaling men and ships of New Bedford. Displays are content rich, the films well worth seeing, and they have (check schedule) talks in the garden with local thespians playing historical New Bedford characters. The...More

Thank amerazor
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Reviewed 28 June 2018

This was our first stop in the historical neighborhood - and it was a perfect start before we walked to other sites. Great information about the history of New Bedford's whaling industry and the people. The staff was helpful about where else we could go...More

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Reviewed 27 June 2018 via mobile

Okay so this is a really cool park with a really cool story of the whaling industry. The Rangers are really nice. And it is a gorgeous town and area. Do not miss going down and looking at the ships in the harbor. This is...More

Thank Charlotte W
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Reviewed 19 June 2018

This is a really excellent spot to stop and get all the New Bedford History you're looking for. The staff are super informed and interesting to listen to. The building is also beautiful, and they have a great artist-in-residence space upstairs.

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Reviewed 22 May 2018

Very interesting whaling city history. Lots of period buildings in the surrounding area showing just how rich the whaling city was in it’s heyday. Most of the downtown area is cobblestones so, wear comfy shoes. More and more restaurants and bars opening in the area.

Thank suz862018
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Response from Jeanette R | Reviewed this property |
A couple of hours is good...there are restaurants in walking distance...Freestone's Which is great...so you could make it an afternoon or a morning.
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