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New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park

Closed Now: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Open today: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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The National Park Service very rarely disappoints, and this is no exception to that. This place is... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Lou L
Long Island, New York
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Great customer Service

This place had a bunch of free exhibits and information about the history of New Bedford in the... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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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...more
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33 William St, New Bedford, MA 02740-6222
+1 508-996-4095
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The National Park Service very rarely disappoints, and this is no exception to that. This place is a great starting point to your visit to the city. For passport stamp seekers, go through the door and turn right. There are several exhibits within the building...More

Thank Lou L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place had a bunch of free exhibits and information about the history of New Bedford in the whaling industry. I gave it a very good because we were looking for a place to eat and they brought out a whole list of menus and...More

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

There's so much to see and do here. There's lots of history to learn about. If you're traveling with a child, make sure to do the Junior Ranger program. This is another place where you want to make sure that you allow enough time to...More

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We were here with our National Park Travelers Club, This park gave us a great tour, and had four different Jr. Ranger badges you could do. Very good movie and exhibits.

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Reviewed August 14, 2018

After years of saying that I would take a walking tour, I'm so glad that I did! As an employee of a local youth development organization I had the pleasure of taking a walking tour along with a group of kids, and it was fun...More

Thank cwdemello
Reviewed July 27, 2018

this is a block away from the museum. get some of the tours and learn the history of this melting pot area.

Thank Mark K
Reviewed July 22, 2018

The history of whaling told in this historic park. Some places to see are the Seaman's Bethel, the Mariner's Home and the New Bedford Whaling Museum. There is an admission fee for the museum, but well worth the cost.

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Reviewed July 19, 2018 via mobile

We were fortunate to have Lucy for a walking tour of historic New Bedford. She brought to life the two hundred year old buildings with tales of residents.

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Reviewed July 16, 2018 via mobile

We were just walking around and happened upon a guided tour with three tourists. Whoa- she was a treasure trove of local history! (Lucy Bly, a real asset to the park!)The visitors center had some excellent exhibits and a 20 minute film about the whaling...More

Thank FellowTraveler730578
Reviewed July 14, 2018

Great place to spend an hour or two learning about the whaling men and ships of New Bedford. Displays are content rich, the films well worth seeing, and they have (check schedule) talks in the garden with local thespians playing historical New Bedford characters. The...More

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Keith T
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Response from Jeanette R | Reviewed this property |
A couple of hours is good...there are restaurants in walking distance...Freestone's Which is great...so you could make it an afternoon or a morning.