• Historic buildings and the waterfront in New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park

    New Bedford Whaling

    National Historical Park Massachusetts

Guided Tours

A park ranger on a walking tour in front of the historic Seamen's Bethel
Learning about Herman Melville at the Seamen's Bethel
NPS Photo
Free national park volunteer and ranger-led tours last approximately one hour and step off from the national park visitor center at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. 7 days a week in July and August and by appointment year round.

Did You Know?

Arrival of a party from Norfolk Virginia at League Island. Some members of this party wound up in New Bedford.

Between 1840 and 1860 some 300-700 escaped slaves were living in New Bedford. Frederick Douglass was among those who found freedom in New Bedford. He arrived in 1838 after escaping from Baltimore carrying another sailor's protection papers.