The City That Lit the World

"The town itself is perhaps the dearest place to live in, in all New England..nowhere in all America will you find more patrician-like houses, parks and gardens more opulent, than in New Bedford…all these brave houses and flowery gardens came from the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian oceans. One and all, they were harpooned and dragged up hither from the bottom of the sea."

H. Melville, "Moby-Dick"


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Whales, Tails, and Sails!

Free childrens' activities with songs, books, music crafts and free play! Especially designed for ages 0-5 every Friday at 10:00 a.m.

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New Bedford Shoreside Industries App

This GPS-enabled walking tour app will be your guide to the City that Lit the World. Free download for Apple and Android devices.

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Stay Connected: Facebook, YouTube, Twitter

Share your experience and stay connected with New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park.

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African-American whaleman on a New Bedford whaleship

Communities of Whaling

Discover the stories of five ethnic groups in New Bedford whose roots trace back to whaling in this interactive online exhibit.

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Madeiran Dancers on the Whaling Museum Plaza

Calendar of Events

There's always something to do in the City that Lit the World. Check out the park's calendar of events for a listing of upcoming programs and events.

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YAP! Teacher's Online Resource Guide

Designed to accompany YAP’s debut album, Edutainment Movement. Free interactive pdf links to songs, videos, & National Park Service lesson plans.

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Fun For Kids!

Search for hidden pictures, go on a whaling voyage around the world, or learn about whales by exploring the park's online kids' activities.

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From Hampton to New Bedford: A Network to Freedom

Geared towards 5th grade, these lesson plans tell of the Underground Railroad, Hampton NHS, & New Bedford Whaling NHP as escape routes from slavery.

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