Dept. of Tourism
Situated in the southern New England and the heart of the South Eastern Massachusetts on the shores of beautiful Buzzards Bay, the historic city of New Bedford is 58 miles (96 kilometers) south of Boston, Massachusetts, 31 miles (56 kilometers) east of Providence, Rhode Island, 28 miles (48 kilometers) west of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and just a ferry or plane ride away from Martha’s Vineyard, MA.
In 1841, writer Herman Melville shipped out from New Bedford which inspired him to write Moby-Dick, describing the opulence and courage of the city. A famous old whaling port, New Bedford continues to earn its living and pride from the sea. Today, New Bedford is America’s #1 fishing port with a large fishing fleet, spoiling visitors and locals alike with fresh seafood at one of the many restaurants.
Whether you’re a history buff or just looking to spend the day at sea, New Bedford offers a variety of attractions and activities to suit all interests. From the largest museum in America devoted to the whaling industry, one of the finest smaller Zoos in America, to the first free home of Frederick Douglass, New Bedford’s museums and attractions are sure to inspire, intrigue and delight.
Want culture? Visit the New Bedford Seaport Cultural District, comprised densely of businesses and cultural attractions all within a short walking distance! The summer season offers a full calendar of festivals and events, including the largest celebration of Portuguese culture in the nation! No wonder New Bedford bears the title of the 7th most creative city in America, according to Richard Florida, Atlantic Magazine!