Herman Melville once described New Bedford, Massachusetts as “perhaps the dearest place to live in, in all New England.” The Whaling City that lit the homes of America for decades has a rich history, as preserved in its grand architecture, its military forts, the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, and the New Bedford Whaling Museum.
Since the height of the whaling industry, many people and eras have swept in and out of New Bedford like the waves on the shore, shaping and enriching it with their stories and ambitions. Today, New Bedford is a city in transformation. The historic downtown area has become a thriving cultural center—with music venues, art galleries, and restaurants. Ethnic diversity continues to contribute to New Bedford’s cultural landscape, with a variety of excellent ethnic restaurants and festivals. There are also many family-oriented activities and destinations, including various museums, an aquarium, and a zoo.
In addition, the city stands in proximity to several of the most charming little towns on the coast, such as Dartmouth, Marion, Mattapoisett, and Westport. There are many beautiful places to discover around the South Coast, including beaches, scenic drives, and acres of conservation land.
New Bedford Police Department871 Rockdale Ave.New Bedford, MA 02740Emergency: 9-1-1Non-emergency: (508)991-6300Animal Control: (508)991-6366New Bedford Fire Department:868 Pleasant St.New Bedford, MA 02740
Emergency: 9-1-1Non-emergency: (508) 991-6105
St. Luke’s Hospital101 Page St.
New Bedford, MA 02740
(508)997-1515Greater New Bedford Community Health Center:874 Purchase St.New Bedford, MA(508)992-6553
181 Hillman St. – Building 3New Bedford, MA 02740(508)681-3015BeachesEast BeachEast Rodney French Blvd.New Bedford, MA 02744Seasonal lifeguards: 10:00 am – 5:30 pmWest BeachWest Rodney French Blvd.New Bedford, MA 02744Seasonal lifeguards: 10:00 am – 5:30 pm Parks:Brooklawn Park1997 Acushnet Ave.New Bedford, MA 02745(508)961-3100Buttonwood ParkBrownell Ave.New Bedford, MA 02740www.buttonwoodpark.orgClasky Common ParkPurchase St,New Bedford, MA 02740(508) 979-1400Hazelwood ParkBetween Brock Ave. and West Rodney French Blvd.New Bedford, MA 02744Prince Henry the Navigator Park (Marine Park)Pope’s IslandNew Bedford, MA 02740(508)993-1770Fort Taber1000 South Rodney French Blvd.New Bedford, MA 02744(508) 994-3938Riverside Turf Soccer Field, Skate Park, and PlaygroundBelleville Ave.New Bedford, MA 02745
Higher Education:Bristol Community College New Bedford Campus188 Union St.New Bedford, MA 02740Monday-Thursday: 7:30 AM – 7:30 PMFriday: 7:30 AM – 4:00 PMSaturday-Sunday: 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM(508)984-8226UMass Dartmouth School for Marine Science and Technology (SMAST I)706 South Rodney French Blvd.New Bedford, MA 02744(508)999-8193UMass Dartmouth Star Store Campus (College of Visual and Performing Arts)715 Purchase St.
New Bedford, MA 02740(508)999-8904Fisher College777 Church St.New Bedford, MA 02745(508) 998-3254New Bedford High School230 Hathaway Blvd. New Bedford, MA 02740(508) 997-4511Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School1121 Ashley Blvd.New Bedford, MA 02745
(508) 998-3321Sea Lab Marine Science Education Center – NBPS71 Portland St.New Bedford, MA 02744(508)997-4511Nazarene Christian Academy764 Hathaway RdNew Bedford(508) 992-7944
TaxiStandard Taxi(508) 997-9404Yellow Cab(508)999-5231BusSoutheastern Regional Transit Authority (SRTA)700 Pleasant St.New Bedford, MA 02740(508)997-6767Dattco Bus Company1(800)453-5040Peter Pan Bus Lines Inc.1 Peter Pan WayNew Bedford, MA 02740(508) 990-3366BoatCuttyhunk Ferry Company, Inc.66B State Pier, South Bulkhead,New Bedford, MA 02740(508)992-0200[email protected]SeaStreak Ferry49 State PierNew Bedford, MA 02740-7254Monday – Sunday: 6:00am – 6:00pm1-800-BOATRIDE (800-262-8743)PlaneNew Bedford Regional Airport1569 Airport Rd.New Bedford, MA 02746(508) 991-6161
New Bedford Main Library613 Pleasant St.New Bedford, MA 02740Monday-Thursday: 9:00 am – 9:00 pmFriday-Saturday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm(508)991-6275