New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park

Overview

New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park commemorates the heritage of the world's preeminent whaling port during the 19th century. A variety of cultural landscapes, historic buildings, museum collections, and archives preserve this history and collectively recount the stories of a remarkable era. Whaling, a leading 19th century enterprise, contributed to America's economic and political vitality. New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park was created in 1996. The park encompasses 34 acres spread over 13 city blocks and includes a visitor center, the New Bedford Whaling Museum,the Seamen's Bethel, the schooner Ernestina, and the Rotch-Jones-Duff House and Garden Museum. The park's enabling legislation also established a legislative connection with the Inupiat Heritage Center in Barrow, Alaska, to commemorate the more than 2,000 whaling voyages from New Bedford to the Western Arctic.

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Activities

Seasonality / Weather

The summers are mild while the winters can be cold with wind, ice, and snow. Normal temperature in January is 30.6 F and in July 73.5 F. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and dress according to the weather.

Directions

Driving: 

From Boston and points north: Take Route 93 South (13 miles). The highway forks in Braintree; stay right. Sign reads: "93 South, Dedham-Providence." (3 miles). Take Exit 4: Route 24 South. This is a left lane exit (24 miles). Take Exit 12: Route 140 South (19 miles). Take Exit 2A: Interstate 195 East (1.3 miles). Take Exit 15: Downtown - Route 18 South (1.1 miles). Turn right at lights onto Elm Street. Public parking garage two blocks on right.

From Cape Cod and points east:
Route 6 West to Route 25 to Route I-195 West. Take Exit 15: Downtown - Route 18 South. Turn right at lights onto Elm Street. Public parking garage two blocks on right.

From Providence and points west:
Route I-95 to Route I-195 East. Take Exit 15: Downtown - Route 18 South. Turn right at lights onto Elm Street. Public parking garage two blocks on right