New Bedford Places

TripWhat's travel guide to New Bedford; our list of the best things to see, including Park Visitor Center, Cork and Waterfront Grille.
  • The best place in New Bedford: Park Visitor Center

    Park Visitor Center

    33 William Street
    Every day 9AM-5PM. Free national park volunteer and ranger-led tours last approximately one hour and step off from here at 10:30AM, 12:30PM and 2:30PM every day in July and August.
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  • Cork

    Cork

    90 Front Street
    Chic tapas place and wine bar in one of the most stunning historic buildings in the city (which is really saying something in New Bedford). Dark, urban decor upstairs, exposed 18th Century stone walls in the basement, massive wooden support beams and other unique period details visible throughout. Excellent Spanish influenced food in surprisingly large portions, good wine list that offers "flights". The place to go if you're looking to impress your out of town guests, or be impressed yourself.
  • Waterfront Grille

    Waterfront Grille

    36 Homers Wharf
    Big, spacious family seafood restaurant with sushi bar, amid historic stone counting houses and customs buildings on the harbor with a nice view of New Bedford's fishing fleet docked. Excellent food, which you don't always find in a restaurant of its size. Arguably the best fried calamari in Massachusetts.
  • New Bedford Museum of Glass

    61 Wamsutta St
    10AM-5PM, 12-5 on Sundays. A huge collection of antique and art glass from Ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome, to the golden age of Victorian New England glass making (with particular emphasis on New Bedford's world famous glass studios of Pairpoint and Mount Washington), to 21st Century glass artists from around the world. The gift and consignment shop has an ever changing selection of antiques and unique glass in every price range, plus books (great gift shopping for the not easily impressed). Library and resource room with more than 8,000 volumes available for research. Free expert glass identification done every Monday, a great way to find out more about heirloom and hand me down glass pieces.
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  • New Bedford Art Museum

    608 Pleasant Street
    Daily 10AM-5PM, Thursdays until 7PM. Second Thursday of each month is "Aha! Night" -- free from 5PM-9PM. $3/$2, under 17 free.
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  • Buttonwood Park Zoo

    425 Hawthorne St
    Daily 10AM-4:30PM (Summer F,Sa until 6:30PM. Adult: $6; Senior or Student: $4.50; Child 3-12 $3; under 3: Free; Family: $16.
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  • The Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum

    396 County St
    M-Sa 10AM-4PM, Su 12PM-4PM. Home of whaling merchant William Rotch, Jr. built in 1834. Designed by Richard Upjohn, the House is one of the finest surviving examples of residential Greek Revival architecture.
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  • King and I Fishing Charters

    Moby Dick Marina
    , Phone: +1 508-997-2818, Toll free: 988-955-SHARK.
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  • Schooner Ernestina

    New Bedford State Pier
  • Stephen Hetland Memorial Skating Rink

    310 Hathaway Blvd
    Call for public skating hours.
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  • New Bedford Whaling Museum

    18 Johnny Cake Hill
    Every day 9AM-5PM, Th until 9PM in summer. Adults $10, senior citizens and students $9, children (6–14) $6.
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  • Your Theatre

    136 Rivet St
    Martin's Church Hall, +1 508-993-0772, [6]. Community theatre group.
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  • Carabiner's Indoor Climbing

    328 Parker Street
  • The Seaman's Bethel

    15 Johnny Cake Hill Rd
    Late May-early Oct. M-F 10AM-5PM. A chapel immortalized in Herman Mellville's Moby Dick as the "Whaleman's Chapel" in a scene where a fire-and-brimstone sermon is given from a bow-shaped pulpit. Such a pulpit only existed in Melville's imagination and finally a mock-up had to be built in 1961 just to satisfy disappointed tourists. The pew where Melville sat when he visited in 1840 is marked. The walls of the chapel list the names of area fishermen who have died.
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  • Just Do It Fishing Charters

    Seaport Marina
  • Fort Phoenix State Reservation

    Green St
    gov/dcr/parks/southeast/ftph.htm]. One half-mile of Buzzards Bay beachfront. Adjacent to the park is Fort Phoenix's the rampart remnants where one can look out onto the bay.
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  • Candleworks Restaurant

    72 North Water Street
    Lunch M-F 11:30AM-2:30PM; dinner Su-Th 5PM-9PM; F,Sa 5PM-10PM. Fine dining.
  • Fairhaven Chowder House

    1 David Drown Blvd
    , Phone: +1508-996-4100.
  • Celtic Coffee House

    42 North Water Street
    7AM-6PM, 8-4 weekdays. Three rooms of cozy seating in endearingly mismatched furniture, in the heart of the cobblestone paved historic city center. Great selection of breads, pastries, sandwiches and even soups. The coffee selection's basic but quite good. Lots of antique nicknacks on display from Ireland as well as New Bedford's past. Perfect place to spend a rainy afternoon.
  • Isaiah's Restaurant

    Union and Pleasant Streets
    Su 8AM-1PM; M-W 7AM-3PM; Th 7AM-7PM, F 7AM-8PM, Sa 7AM-1PM. Great cheap eats. Breakfast, sandwiches, variety of entrees under $8. $5-$15 for dinner.
  • Freestones City Grill

    41 William Street
    Nice facility set in a classic old brick firehouse, with a large copper top bar and displayed artwork. Cozy atmosphere in the heart of historic downtown, good for families, couples, or friends. Award winning fish chowder. $12-$22.
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