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"
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.Read More
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Share your experience and stay connected with New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park.Read More
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.Read More
"American Dreams" Short Film by YAP!
A short film by the Youth Ambassador Program that takes viewers on a journey of individuals seeking the American Dream through different paths.Read More
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.Read More
The Soundscape Underfoot
A walk through New Bedford has all the sounds of a city-but Belgian block paved streets have a distinct sound. Hear more via this imaginative article.Read More
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.Read More
Communities of Whaling
Discover the stories of five ethnic groups in New Bedford whose roots trace back to whaling in this interactive online exhibit.Read More
History and Culture
The whaling industry amassed enormous wealth and caused tens of thousands of men to risk their lives in far flung seas.Read More
Did You Know?
The first whaling vessel launched from New Bedford in 1767, the "Dartmouth," was one of the ships later involved in the Boston Tea Party.