New Bedford Attractions

On the shores of Buzzards Bay in the heart of Southeastern Massachusetts, you’ll discover a charming city, New Bedford. This historic city is 58 miles south of Boston, 31 miles east of Providence, Rhode Island, 28 miles west of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and just a ferry or plane ride away from Martha’s Vineyard. Come and explore where in 1841, the writer Herman Melville became inspired to write Moby-Dick. This famous old whaling port is America’s #1 fishing port with a large fishing fleet. Get spoiled at one of the area’s many restaurants offering local fresh seafood.

Whether you’re a history buff or just looking to spend the day at sea, New Bedford offers an array of attractions and activities for visitors of all ages. Explore the largest museum in America dedicated to the whaling industry, the 12th oldest Zoo, and the first free home of Frederick Douglass. The area’s museums and attractions are sure to entertain, intrigue and please.

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New Bedford Whaling Museum

When visiting the New Bedford Whaling Museum, you’ll discover the largest museum in America dedicated to human interaction with whales, the history of whaling and its impact, and the history of Southcoast Massachusetts. The museum is home to an extensive collection of art and artifacts relating to whaling. Explore the age of sailing, socioeconomic history of the region, whale ecology, marine mammal conservation, and ocean health. Marvel at the world’s largest ship model, the Lagoda.

Buttonwood Park Zoo

Come and explore the 12th oldest Zoo in the country, the Buttonwood Park Zoo. The zoo has thrilled and educated millions of visitors for over a century. You’ll find they are dedicated to preserving the future of wildlife by creating engaging and enlightening experiences that connect visitors to the natural world. This local treasure offers families the opportunity to create lasting memories. Stop in for a visit and see why they are the most visited attraction in the Southcoast area.

Running Brook Vineyards & Winery

Running Brook Vineyards & Winery is a short drive from our hotel and you’ll find they produce a wide range of wines and their distillery creates brandy, grappa, and flavored liqueurs. Stop by for free, live music entertainment every weekend. You're always welcome to bring snacks and enjoy some food with great local music in addition to their delightful wine! Enjoy their tastings seven days a week, year-round.

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