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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Be a Junior Ranger

Pick up your free Junior Ranger booklet at the National Park Visitor Center or click and print a copy right now.

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New Bedford Shoreside Industries App

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

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Guided Walking Tours

Free Guided Walking Tours offered on weekends at 10:30 AM and 2:30 PM, stop by the National Park Visitor Center to start your tour!

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Things To Do

The national park visitor center offers a variety of the things to do within the park.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

33 William Street
New Bedford, MA 02740



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