"New England Whaling" New Bedford by donpaul77

New Bedford Travel Guide: 29 reviews and 100 photos

A Proud History

I recently took a day trip down to historic New Bedford, which is one of the three largest fishing ports in the United States.

The downtown area is actually a National Park, made up of cobblestone streets and old buildings with tremendous historic significance. Much of the history relates to the whaling industry, as well as the ongoing and thriving fishing industry.

Mellville Country

Perhaps what the residents are most proud of is the city's association with Herman Melville, the author of Moby Dick. Melville had set out on a whaling voyage from New Bedford, a journey which inspired him to write his masterpiece.
There are several places of Mellville-ness in New Bedford.

Working Waterfront

Perhaps the most engaging aspect of New Bedford is the working waterfront. The fishing industry here is flourishing and this is evident all along the pier, with hundreds of rugged looking boats. A tour of the waterfront by boat is a great way to experience it all.

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  • Pros:A fascinating history and quaint downtown and working waterfront
  • Last visit to New Bedford: Jul 2008
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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