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“Interesting Place - worth a stop if you're in New Bedford”
Review of Fort Taber Park

Fort Taber Park
Ranked #6 of 40 things to do in New Bedford
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San Antonio, Texas
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88 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
“Interesting Place - worth a stop if you're in New Bedford”
Reviewed May 28, 2013

We went to New Bedford specifically to see the Whaling Museum (we live about an hour away). Because the Whaling Museum only took us a few hours to go through and it was a sunny day, we decided to drive out to Fort Taber Park. It is much as the other reviewers have described, so I'll try not to repeat too much here. We visited in late May 2013, and they hadn't yet started charging for parking, nor did we see a snack bar or bathrooms open (though there was 1 porta pottie there) -- guess it wasn't quite tourist season yet. While we were there, there was some type of military ceremony (for Memorial Day weekend) going on in front of the museum, so we didn't visit the military museum. The fort (at least from the outside) is very interesting looking. There didn't appear to be any way to go inside, but a few holes have been cut out of some windows, which allow you to catch a quick glimpse of what it looks like inside.

We spent our time there walking around the property and beach combing a bit. There are several little beaches there at the park. On the "bay" side of the park, we some fairly clean and sandy beach along with one that had a lot of glass and trash on it (near the fishing pier). The beaches on the "ocean" side of the park were very rocky -- to swim on this side would require some treacherous rock crossing. Whatever beach you go to, I'd definitely recommend bringing some decent shoes. We found some decent pieces of sea glass (mixed in with sharp, recent glass). For those readers really serious about collecting sea glass, there are a few "keepers" here. Mostly, the sea glass here is of craft quality, meaning that it's pretty well frosted on all sides, but there are a few chips in the glass, and/or the corners of the shards haven't been rounded off yet. We did find an old frosted marble and several pieces of some very old Coke bottles on the ocean side, which made the beachcombing trip worth it.

The main warning I'd issue here is to beware of foul smells on windy days. The beach is right next to a Water Treatment Facility. As such, if it's windy, and the wind shifts just right, prepare to hold your nose! In addition, because it's right next to a water treatment facility, there are those that may not feel comfortable swimming here. It's definitely a nice park, though.

Visited May 2013
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Hartford, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
“Love it here!”
Reviewed April 27, 2013

I grew up in New Bedford & return frequently to visit my parents. I love visiting the Fort. Its a big loop, nicely paved path. The path is so nice my husband & I like to roller blade on it. The ocean is on 3 sides of the fort. Gorgeous ocean views, big grassy areas for kite flying, picnics, Frisbee, walking the dog. Small beach areas. Unfortunately bathrooms only during peak season now. They had port o potties at one time, but some kids set them on fire so they were removed. There are 2 play ground areas for kids, also a hamburger, ice cream place. A great walk out pier many like to fish off of. The seagulls get their quahogs & drop them on the pavement to break them open & expose the meat. If you like to feed the seagulls, this is a great place to do it. The museum is small but very interesting. It gives a lot of the history & has some great pictures. I feel pretty safe here as its open & there are usually a lot of people walking & exercising. Lots of benches for rest as well.

Visited April 2013
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New Bedford, Massachusetts
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“Historic”
Reviewed February 1, 2013

Its a beautiful place to spend the day with the family. It has a walking path, concierge, beach. It's lovely and historic.

Visited August 2012
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New Bedford, Massachusetts, United States
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“We Love it!”
Reviewed January 23, 2013

It is great outdoor family time. It has bbq/picnic areas for gatherings, a snack bar and bathrooms right there. The protected walk/bike paths and playground by the sea make this our family favorite.

Visited January 2013
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Marion, Massachusetts, USA
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“Up and coming”
Reviewed December 29, 2012

Went to the inside for the first time for a fundraiser. Needs some more TLC, but a fun and unusual location and worthy of a visit to see an old fort as it was originally built.

Visited August 2012
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