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Boats Floating on Water in New Bedford Harbor, Massachusetts, With Lush Scenery in Distance (Photo: Matthew Botelho/Shutterstock)
New Bedford Harbor, Popes Island, Massachusetts (Photo: Matthew Botelho/Shutterstock)

Caroline Costello
Cruise Critic Contributor

Port of New Bedford

New Bedford is a port town on Massachusetts' southern coast that is known for its whaling history. Cobblestone streets lined with gabled Victorian houses, antique stores aplenty and the world's largest whaling museum make New Bedford a delightful port stop.

Head to the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park -- located in the town's waterfront district -- and grab a map before embarking on a self-guided tour of whaling sites and historical buildings to get a flavor of the port's past. Or check out the Seaport Cultural District, where you'll discover seafood restaurants, wine bars and shops selling unique artisan goods.

Shore Excursions

About New Bedford


New Bedford is packed with marine history and even provided the inspiration for Herman Melville's "Moby Dick".


Stick to the downtown area, as some of New Bedford’s other neighborhoods are less safe for tourists.

Bottom Line

New Bedford offers plenty of culture and history packed in its walkable downtown area.

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