New Bedford Massachusetts

New Bedford lies in the southeast of Massachusetts and is 60 miles from Boston and 30 miles south of Providence, Rhode Island. An origin point for private ferry services to Nantucket and Marthas Vineyard, New Bedford is the setting of the classic "Moby Dick" novel written by Herman Melville. Acquiring its place in history as the whaling city" New Bedford waters were dotted with whaling ships back in the 19th century when whaling was still a lucrative business.

Today New Bedford affords tourists an exciting place to visit with many attractions, festivals and events, great restaurants and accommodations, ample and convenient transportation and abundant outdoor recreation.

New Bedford Massachusetts enjoys the same seasonal bustle as do Provincetown and Nantucket only not quite as busy. The largest Portugese feast in the world occurs in New Bedford Massachusetts every year for 4 days at the end of July. Drinking, dancing and eating are the activities that dominate this traditional Portugese Madeiran festival. The annual Summerfest Festival in New Bedford Massachusetts is a 3 day event which is comprised of an Arts and International Folk Music Festival featuring coastline activities, musicians, seafood cuisine and waterfront displays.

Antiquing in New Bedford is an extremely popular pastime and New Bedford antiques shops are well stocked with all sorts of treasures. Antique dealers in the area are pros when it comes to period furniture, caring for and restoring different types of antiques and identifying and appraising different items. There are numerous New Bedford antiques shops located in the town and feature rare objects, collectibles and coveted antique furniture. New Bedford antiques shows are abundant around the area and the many antique shops and dealers show off their wares to collectors from all over. There are seemingly endless possibilities when it comes to New Bedford antiques. Guides to New Bedford antique shopping are available for visitors which makes looking for that perfect armoire or sideboard more fun and convenient.

Since whaling was paramount in New Bedford Massachusetts history and with whale watching being a popular activity today, why not visit the New Bedford Whaling Museum, one of the most visited attractions in the city? Here visitors can view the extensive collection of artifacts and art relating to the once thriving industry in the area. There are many other museums in the town as well as many points of interest including historical houses and buildings which can be easily seen on a relaxing walking tour of the area.

Featuring East and West Beach and several National Parks there are lots of possibilities for outdoor fun. Ten public golf courses and four private country clubs are scattered around New Bedford Massachusetts and see host to avid golfers throughout all seasons but winter (because of the snow). Sailing is also a popular pastime and New Bedford is home to five yacht clubs.

New Bedford Massachusetts takes great pride in its waterfront and historic districts and enjoys enlarging tourist and retail trades. The area has a very close-knit community feel to it even though it's home to over 100,000 residents. Celebrations and festivals are plenty on the cities calendar of events and only add to the quality of life the city residents already enjoy. Named in the top ten of "Green Cities" in the entire country New Bedford Massachusetts residents are proud of the community effort taken to care for its beautiful beaches and natural parks which are a highlight of visits all through the year.

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