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An Afternoon in New Bedford, MA USA

20 Sep 2010  A recent visit to New Bedford for an exhibition by artist Arthur Moniz.
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A suggested itinerary for things to do in an afternoon in New Bedford, MA. Note all the sites listed here except St Anthony of Padua Church are short walking distance from each other. Recommend parking in one of the nearby parking garages (pretty inexpensive).

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  • Category: Perfect day
  • 1. New Bedford Whaling Museum
    New Bedford Whaling Museum, New Bedford, Massachusetts

    We started our day at the New Bedford Whaling Museum. It is a excellent, interesting museum detailing the history of whaling. When you enter, be sure to watch the short movie that gives you a brief history of whaling. Next you will see several complete whale skeletons in a large multi story atrium. Past the atribum are exhibit rooms on the products made from whales, ships used, lives of the sailors, scrimshaw, salior's valentines, efforts to help endangered whales, paintings of whaling, glassware in New Bedford, etc. There is a reconstructed whaling ship that you can tour and an area that shows what the crew quarters were like. There are kid's activites in most exhibit rooms such as treasure hunt worksheets, clothes to try on, whaling books for kids, etc. The kids enjoyed the ship quarters and whaling ship that you can climb aboard. One note be sure not to miss the fabulous outdoor terrace on the third floor. You can get great photos of the New Bedford fishing fleet (scallop boats, the ferry to Martha's vineyard, waterfront).

  • 2. New Bedford National Park

    Historic area detailing New Bedford's whaling and early history. Check out the visitor center right across from the New Bedford Whaling museum. There are guided tours and talks by park rangers.

  • 3. Arthur Moniz Art Gallery

    This beautiful art gallery is directly across from the New Bedford Whaling Museum entrance. It features high quality paintings, prints, carvings, etc. of scenes from New Bedford. Be sure to make a visit! Prices for all budgets.

  • 4. St Anthony of Padua Catholic Church

    This is a short drive from the New Bedford Whaling Museum and National Park. It is a beautiful old Catholic church like the cathedrals of Europe (beautiful paintings, sculptures, marble,...) For Catholics, Mass is still held here. The Saturday 4PM mass featured organ music that was fabuluous! There is free parking on the street or you can park for a short time at the nearby RiteAid. If visiting the church during non-mass hours check with the church to see if the interior is open for viewing.

  • 5. Freestone's City Grill
    Freestone's City Grill, New Bedford, Massachusetts

    We stopped here for a very good meal for dinner. Note this is a pub style restaurant serving all the favorite dishes such as soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers and even some more extensive meals (my husband enjoyed his lobster!). The restaurant is inside an old Bank building and many of the old wood work is still evident. This is walking distance to the New Bedford National Park visitor center and the Whaling Museum.