The City That Lit The World

"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"

Front view of the Nathan and Polly Johnson House

Nathan & Polly Johnson House Tour

Explore the historic Nathan and Polly Johnson House virtually with interactive tour and video tour!

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Artist-In-Residence: April Jakubec

Stop by the park to see the new Artist-in-Residence

Artists work space with colorful objects along the table

Call For Artists

The park seeks innovative artists from across disciplines to participate in our residency program.

Young girl creating crafts

Whales, Tales, and Sails

Free story hour every Friday morning at 10:00 AM from September to June in the park’s Corson MakerSpace.

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Every Kid Outdoors

See America’s natural wonders and historic sites for free.

Colorful cover of the Junior Ranger e-book

Journey Through New Bedford e-book!

The time has arrived for the reveal of the new Junior Ranger e-book! Click here to begin your adventure through New Bedford's past.

Last updated: February 14, 2020

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33 William Street
New Bedford, MA 02740



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