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.
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