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Local - New Bedford, Ma. - Things To Do

New Bedford Whaling Museum logo - www.WhalingCity.net Go to the Whaling Museum in the New Bedford Whaling Historic Park and take a stroll around the area to read the plaques describing the local history and historical places.
You can go to the Buttonwood Park and Zoo and see many of my friends there. See the Pictures

Visit the terrifically intriguing Fort Taber / Fort Rodman military museum and chat with the volunteers there while looking at all of the photographs of soldiers long gone and war memorabilia.
One volunteer who (comes in on Mondays), fought in WW2 in Europe is Normand Chartier, was born in 1922 and still spunky.

Then take a walk around the old fort area and enjoy an ice cream cone from the neat little fast food restaurant there.

Take a walk in the historic Downtown area and spend your money in restaurants and stores as the local economy could use it.
Zeiterion Theater - www.WhalingCity.netTake in a show at the Zeiterion Theater. They are also home to the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra. The New Bedford Festival Theater run by Armand Marchand and George Charbonneau produces truly professional theatrical productions that have wowed audiences for years.

Look for the schedule www.zeiterion.org The theater is located at 684 Purchase St
New Bedford, MA 02740 (508) 995-9999 Get directions
New Bedford Ocean Explorium - - www.oceanexplorium.org/
Union Square - 174 Union Street New Bedford, Massachusetts 02740 - 508. 994. 5400
Check the local paper Standard Times/ Southcoast Today, etc. for local live entertainment.
The downtown area has many live music venues usually for 21 and older..
Thursday nights from 7pm to 10 pm Cafe Arpeggio on Purchase and William St. has a live music open mike hosted by the world famous Art Tebbets.
Art is a wonderful and accomplished entertainer and lots of very talented folks show up to play. There are also nice pastries, ice cream and coffees for sale at the counter.
Your Theater - 136 Rivet Street New Bedford, MA 02744 phone 508-993-0772
This is an exceptional community theater with workshops available. It is an 80 seat theater that produces some fantastic theatrical performances. There is also a smaller mini theater. Check www.yourtheater.org
The YMCA on Union & South Water Streets has many programs for all ages

The New Bedford Free Public library - corner Pleasant and William is one of the best in the world.

Visit the Fishing docks and State Pier to see the largest fleet in the USA.
New Bedford, Ma. Airport Tower - www.WhalingCity.netTry the New Bedford Airport to watch the planes take off and enjoy the Airport Grill.
You can take a scenic plane ride over the area, as well (weather permitting).
There are air shows there on occasion. See the map for directions

You might be able to see the 109 year old schooner Ernestina at the city pier. Over the summer of 2011, she had $180,000 worth of work done on her hull and a paint job, as well.
In October 2011, the Ernestina was not yet recertified by the Coast Guard to sail.

Depending on the season the parks are a nice place to relax and maybe have a picnic.
Try Buttonwood Park and Zoo at Rt 140 and Rt 6 or Hazelwood Park in the South end between Brock Avenue and East Rodney French Blvd., and then there is Brooklawn Park in the North End of New Bedford between Ashley Blvd. and Acushnet Ave.
In summer, the New Bedford beaches afford a nice respite from the heat and

I find it to be a nice scenic change place to let your mind wander and get a tan or enjoy the fresh breeze. The ice cream truck comes by in the summer
Find the Beaches on East Rodney French Blvd and West Rodney French Blvd, in the south end on the city.

Aha Night - New Bedford - www.WhalingCity.net"AHA! New Bedford," is a monthly arts and music event. It happens on the 2nd Thursday of the month throughout the National Park and downtown area. Most of the events are free.

The New Bedford Fire Museum features a large collection of 19th century fire apparatus housed in the old Station #4, built in 1867.
The New Bedford Art Museum on Pleasant street downtown New Bedford has exhibitions of art from the Huge collection of the New Bedford Free Public Library and others.
On County Street, there is a historic area some of the greatest mansions built by the whaling era captains and wealthy boat owners.
Visit the Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum on County street to see a beautiful mansion with original and authentic decor from 1834 - Hey! That Rhymes - "Authentic Decor from 1834... we are easily amused. In the summer they have outdoor concerts on the lawn and under a covered area.

Take the Ferry to Martha's Vinyard for a day trip (no cars) on the New England Fast Ferry (NEFF) the M/V Whaling City Express. It offers high-speed passenger ferry service from New Bedford State Pier to Martha's Vineyard on a year-round schedule.
It carries passengers from the city to the island in one hour. It runs eight daily round trips from May 15 through October 10 (with additional runs on weekends).
Daily high-speed service also is available in the spring, fall, and winter. In addition, NEFF operates a slower (two-hour) passenger ferry service from New Bedford State Pier to Martha's Vineyard in the spring and summer seasons.
The Schamonchi is gone but is replaced by the Portuguese Princess. More information - New England Fast Ferry at (866) 453-6800

New Bedford Ferry Terminal
Has a climate-controlled waiting area, coffee shop, ticket facilities, baggage area, restrooms, visitor, retail shop and an information center.

Ferry Parking

Long-term and short-term ferry parking is available at the Whale's Tooth Parking Lot (located near Routes 6 and 18) for a flat rate of $10 per calendar day. It's a free shuttle service, transporting ferry passengers from the lot to the terminal at State Pier, also stopping at the city's downtown historic district and at the Elm Street Parking Garage.

There is also another ferry that goes to of Cuttyhunk Island.
Cuttyhunk Boat Lines, Inc. runs the M/V Alert II
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It's a 65- foot freight and passenger only (no motor vehicles) ferry providing service to Cuttyhunk Island,
Leaving from City Pier #3 also known as Fisherman's Wharf, in New Bedford, it provides round trips daily in season. The island is quite small and has but a few residents. Check the website for Cuttyhunk.
The winter schedule varies and depends on the weather.
Cuttyhunk is about 14 miles south of New Bedford, just past Penikese Island.
Cuttyhunk Boat Lines, Inc. 508-992-1432

M/V Cuttyhunk is an 80 foot passenger ferry service to Cuttyhunk Island departs from the south bulkhead of State Pier, located at the intersection of Route 18 and the bottom of Union Street, New Bedford.
It carries 149 passengers and has 51 seats on its sundeck for sightseeing on Buzzards Bay.
The passenger cabin has large sightseeing windows front to back, dining booths, refreshment counter and a bar. Freight services are available.
For more info.contact Cuttyhunk Ferry Company, Inc. at 508-992-0200
New Bedford Office of Tourism and Marketing 1-800-508-5353.

 

 
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