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New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park
Ranked #2 of 45 things to do in New Bedford
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed November 26, 2012

lots too see about the history of whaling. I do recommend taking advantage of a guide, who adds much to the event.

3  Thank Howard525
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

Walk the cobblestone streets, see the historic architecture,visit the Whaling Museum, The Arthur Moniz Gallery, The Visitors Center and the shops and restaurants.

2  Thank FQRB
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Reviewed September 12, 2012

Ok, I must admit I'm not into the whole whaling history scene.(yes there is one). I did really enjoy this museum. If you live in the Southcoast region some of our local librarys have discount passes you can sign out for you visit.

1  Thank Goodthingguy
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Reviewed September 4, 2012

I'm a proud native so consider the source - but New Bedford is about so much more than Moby Dick and killing whales (whose oil lit the world at the time, but I digress). It was a welcoming place for escaped slaves and other free Blacks looking to make their way in this world, thanks to a thriving Quaker community. The world's wealthiest woman, Hetty Green, lived here, and while she also was the world's stingiest woman as well, her progeny made up for it in later years by generous bequests to the less fortunate. The old whaling captains' homes are architectural stunners too.
And come see Fairhaven across the river - incredible architecture, warm ties with sister city in Japan and much to love.

3  Thank Rachel T
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Reviewed September 4, 2012

There is a interesting movie and exhibits. The Park Rangers were very helpful in assisting us to plan our visit. There are great walking tours of the National Park area and the historic districts west of the Park.

1  Thank Nelson D
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