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Visit the Whaling City on a Bus Rental in New Bedford

Discover the whaling and textile past of this beautiful city with a bus rental in New Bedford, Massachusetts

New Bedford, Massachusetts

New Bedford is a city that is home to close to 100,000 people. It is the largest city in Massachusetts and was considered to be an important fishing and whaling port. Today, the city continues to be a fishing port. It also has a big Portuguese influence, being home to the biggest Portuguese-American community in the country. So gather your friends on a 49-passenger bus rental in New Bedford and discover what the city has to offer.

A 49-passenger bus rental in New Bedford is perfect for mid-sized groups

New Bedford's biggest draws are varied in itself. The city has a vibrant cultural scene along with a rich history that makes it pulsing with life. In addition, you could easily get the freshest seafood straight off the boat! So why not get a bus rental in New Bedford and zoom in on the city!

Arts & Culture

Art galleries and museums. New Bedford Art Museum displays some of the best local and international art pieces in the city. Nearby, Gallery X also features the best artworks done by community artists.

Check out the New Bedford Whaling Museum (New Bedford, MA 02740). Located inside the New Bedford Whaling National Park, the museum is the largest whaling museum in the country. It shows a history of the interaction between man and whale. While there, check out the skeleton of a baby blue whale, a humpback whale and a sperm whale on display. Furthermore, did you know that New Bedford was the home of glass companies Pairpoint and Mount Washington? Head on to the New Bedford Museum of Glass to view its collection of ancient and contemporary glass pieces, or go to its library and pore over the eight thousand volumes of books that talk mainly about glass. You could also visit the Fort Taber Military Museum (New Bedford, MA 02744), and the Museum of Madeiran Heritage (New Bedford, MA 02746).

Other art galleries you can go to:

  • Arthur Moniz Gallery
  • Colo Colo Gallery
  • Crowell's Fine Art And Custom Framing
  • Gallery 65 On William
  • Judith Klein Gallery
  • Muse Studio
  • Paradise Mcfee Gallery
  • Tl6 The Gallery
  • Ugly Gallery
  • The University Art Gallery

Or you could visit the art studio clusters where artists work together. These are historic factories, mills and other old-time buildings located throughout the city. There are open studio events that are held in October. Nevertheless, you could visit these clusters any time:

  • ArtWorks! Building Art Studios
  • Cove Street Studios
  • Hatch Street Studios (New Bedford, MA, 02745)
  • Sawyer Street Studios
  • The Ropeworks
  • Wamsutta Street Studios

Performance arts. Check out the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center where you could see top-notch national and international acts. Then there is Culture* Park, where you could get to see new works, dance and other performances.

You could also catch a performance at the New Bedford Festival Theater or see the New Bedford Ballet in action. Or you could check out community theater with the Your Theatre group.

Music. Check out the excellent New Bedford Symphony Orchestra (New Bedford, MA 02741), one of the oldest symphony orchestra in the entire country.

Restaurants & Shopping

Restaurants here have their own favorite way of preparing and serving the catch of the day. It is no wonder that seafood is a daily specialty. Try out the best restaurants that serve the freshest seafood here, including:

  • Bonnie's Seafood & More
  • Davy's Locker Inc.
  • Evelyn's Drive-In
  • Hancock's Seafood Restaurant
  • Waterfront Grille

Other places you should eat in:

  • Churrascaria Novo Mundo
  • Patti's Pierogis
  • St. John's Club

As for shopping, nothing else beats New Bedford when it comes to antiques. Check out the more than 100 dealers at Acushnet River Antiques, or get vintage clothing at Calico.Or you should also check out the military antiques at Crazy Horse Antiques or the more than 150 dealers at the New Bedford Antiques Center at Wamsutta Place.

Other shopping options you should go to:

  • China Traders Antique Asian Warehouse Showroom
  • Circa Vintage Wear
  • New Bedford Antiques at the Cove
  • Whalemen's Shipping List

Golf Courses & Sports Venues

The city is also home to the New Bedford Bay Sox. You can catch a game at the Paul Walsh Field. Then there is the football champions Whaling City Clippers.

You can go to the Stephen Hetland Memorial Skating Rink, Wonder Bowl, and Carabiner's Indoor Climbing, for various activities. Or why not check out the Whaling City Golf Course, which was designed by Donald Ross and is a USGA member course?

Historical Sites & Landmarks

New Bedford, Historical Sites & Landmarks

History comes alive in New Bedford with stories about whaling, an underground railroad, and textile companies.

The Rotch-Jones-Duff House and Garden Museum, which boasts Greek Revival architecture, showcases more than 150 years of life in the city. You can go on a tour around the house museum and the grounds. You can also catch a series of concerts here, as well as a yearly cookie fest. You should also visit the New Bedford Fire Museum, which is housed in a beautiful red brick edifice, and see old fire engines as well as firefighting equipment. Lastly, learn more about the city by going through the New Bedford Free Public Library Special Collections.

Then there is the Azorean Maritime Heritage Society that tells of the contributions of Azoreans to the whaling industry of the city. You can also visit:

  • New Bedford Port Society
  • New Bedford Preservation Society
  • The Melville Society
  • Waterfront Historic Area League

More than the attractions, the city has nine different historic districts:

  • Acushnet Heights Historic District - architecture here include late Victorian, Colonial
  • Revivals and mid-19th century revivals
  • Buttonwood Park Historic District
  • Central New Bedford Historic District - where you would find the city hall, a few buildings in Greek Revival style, Classical Revival or Romanesque Revival
  • County Street Historic District
  • Howland Mill Village Historic District
  • Merrill's Wharf Historic District - where you could find the stone counting house built by Edward Merrill, the Coal Packet Pier and the Steamboat Pier
  • Moreland Terrace Historic District
  • New Bedford Historic District - This district looks like it has been untouched, looking pretty much the same way it did during the city's heyday as a whaling port. Much of the buildings here are in Greek Revival or Federal styles. It also has the U.S. Customhouse which is still in use.
  • Also check out the Mariner's Home, the oldest building here, as well as the Samuel Rodman
  • Candlehouse, the Seamen's Bethel, the Merchant's Bank, and the old Third District Courthouse
  • North New Bedford Historic District

Lastly, go on the Schooner Ernestina, where you could learn more about the ship that was built in 1894.

Parks & Outdoor Activities

New Bedford, Parks & Outdoor Activities

The city is home to wonderful beaches, verdant parks and great outdoor spaces. Satisfy the nature lover in you by visiting these sites.

Go swimming at one of the many beaches in the city, including West Beach and East Beach.

Spend the day in Buttonwood Park, where you get 97 acres of fun with tennis courts, a duck pond, a playground, walking paths and softball fields. Or go to Fort Taber Park, where you could enjoy walking and biking, swimming, and playing on the playground.

Go boating at the New Bedford Harbor, located at the mouth of the Acushnet River. There are whaling expeditions as well as a community boating center you can visit and rent from.

Zoos & Aquariums

Check out the one-of-a-kind Ocean Explorium at New Bedford Seaport, where you could see a series of aquatic environments, outreach efforts and interactive exhibits.

But a better alternative is the Buttonwood Park Zoo, which is the most visited attraction in all of Bristol County and one of the finest zoos in the country. You can see domestic and exotic animals here, such as mountain lions, river otters, black bears, seals and bald eagles. You can also get up close to farm animals and meet Ruth and Emily, the zoo's Asian elephants!

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