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New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park



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  • Size

    31.16 acres

Contact Information



"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"

Allowed Activities
Guided Tours
Good For
Hearing Impaired
Visually Impaired

Additional Information


Summer temperatures range from 56-83F. Fall temperatures range from 30-70F. Winter temperatures range from 20-45F. Spring temperatures range from 30-70F.


From I-195 East or West take Exit 15 (Route 18 / Downtown). Take exit 15 to merge onto MA-18 S toward Downtown/New Bedford Continue straight onto MA-18 Turn right at the first set of lights, Elm St. Turn left onto Acushnet Ave Turn left onto William St Destination will be on the left

Fee Free

Entrance fee is $0.00.

New Bedford Whaling National Historical is a fee free park. Fees are however collected at other privately owned and operated sites by self-supporting associations working cooperatively with the park, including partners. These sites rely on admission fees as they do not receive federal funding for operations and therefore do not accept the National Parks Pass for admission.