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Things to do in New Bedford

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
History Museum
“New Bedford was one of the wealthiest cities during whaling days. Great museum. Cobblestone streets to wander with many restaurants and pubs to visit. ”
  • 28 locals recommend
Performing Arts Venue
“Performaning Arts Center in a grand, historic building with musical and dramatic programming. zeiterion.org”
  • 9 locals recommend
Bar
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“90 Front Street, New Bedford, has eclectic assortment of tapas from lobster crostini to Philly Cheesesteak spring rolls. Open until 2 am. ”
  • 13 locals recommend
Zoo
“Lovely park to walk or ride bikes through. Button Zoo and playground is mostly for younger children. Tennis courts and ball fields are free. Picnicing.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Bar
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“It is a little more upscale with a great bar. In the summer it has great outdoor seating with a view of the harbor. You have to try the Spicy Shrimp appetizer. It definitely has a Portuguese influence. Outdoor seating in warm weather. Raw Bar.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Boat or Ferry
“SeaStreak offers seasonal ferry service from New Bedford to both Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Bar
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“Awesome food with the best prices in the city - perhaps not "authentic" Mexican, nonetheless this is my go-to for great food, good vibes and affordable food. Usually go here 2 or 3 times a week.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“If you are feeling like you really want a taste of authentic Portuguese food. Go here. And talk to the neighbors at the next table and ask for suggestions. Nothing fancy, but packed - for a reason. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Bar
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“And huge beer selection...But lots of fun to be had here with some dancing too. Food too.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Bar
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“An attractive and nice place to enjoy seafood on the water while viewing the bridge and the working fishing fleet in and out of New Bedford. They have an outdoor patio. At night there is often live music at the bar.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Lovely setting for restaurant, good place for food within a few miles of home”
  • 4 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“All-American style pub/restaurant. Everyone can find something on this menu. Inexpensive, great service. Beautiful historic red stone building that used to be a bank. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Church
“Explore the Seamen’s Bethel, the “Whalemen’s Chapel” of Melville’s Moby-Dick, and learn more about the area's whaling history”
  • 4 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“The Park & Historic District embody the cultural resources of New Bedford, the whaling capital of the world leading up to the Civil War. The whaling merchants of New Bedford operated a complex business network of finance, shipbuilding, barrel making, insurance, ship supply, and rope and sail making. The sponsors and agents of the ships earned huge profits and for a time and New Bedford was considered to be the "richest city in the world." Today, the Park includes many structures exemplifying the Federal, Greek Revival, Italianate and Victorian styles of architecture; museums, historical exhibits, and records. which convey the importance, diversity, and financial power of the whaling era”
  • 2 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
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Museum
“Small museum, but nice exhibits like the Dartmouth photographer who was the official White House photographer during Obama's administration. Those photos are on display through June.”
  • 2 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Bar
“90 Front Street, New Bedford, has eclectic assortment of tapas from lobster crostini to Philly Cheesesteak spring rolls. Open until 2 am. ”
  • 13 locals recommend
Bar
“It is a little more upscale with a great bar. In the summer it has great outdoor seating with a view of the harbor. You have to try the Spicy Shrimp appetizer. It definitely has a Portuguese influence. Outdoor seating in warm weather. Raw Bar.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Bar
“Awesome food with the best prices in the city - perhaps not "authentic" Mexican, nonetheless this is my go-to for great food, good vibes and affordable food. Usually go here 2 or 3 times a week.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Restaurant
“If you are feeling like you really want a taste of authentic Portuguese food. Go here. And talk to the neighbors at the next table and ask for suggestions. Nothing fancy, but packed - for a reason. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Bar
“And huge beer selection...But lots of fun to be had here with some dancing too. Food too.”
  • 5 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“All-American style pub/restaurant. Everyone can find something on this menu. Inexpensive, great service. Beautiful historic red stone building that used to be a bank. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Bar
“An attractive and nice place to enjoy seafood on the water while viewing the bridge and the working fishing fleet in and out of New Bedford. They have an outdoor patio. At night there is often live music at the bar.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Lovely setting for restaurant, good place for food within a few miles of home”
  • 4 locals recommend

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