New Bedford has seen better days. Whaling is not exactly a booming industry and the mills closed several decades ago but the city's core remembers its maritime past with a collection of historic buildings, anchored by the Whaling Museum. This is the place to get your sea legs as you learn why New Bedford hosted the most vibrant whaling fleet in the U.S. The exhibits are clever and informative and the museum is located within walking distance of a number of other museums and historic buildings. Highly recommended.