You think you know a place.
I thought I knew New Bedford. Southcoast town, whaling history, commercial fishing, yeah, yeah, I got it. And sure, that’s all true, but New Bedford is more – a lot more. It’s a city where art and artists aren’t just welcomed – they’re omnipresent. Murals and statues line the downtown (as do ever-changing exhibits). Music fills the street and seeps out of bars. Performances and concerts are a part of life, and food – how did it take me this long to get to the food? – reflects the town’s fishing heritage in intriguing new ways. A short drive from Boston, it’s the perfect place for a weekend getaway, or the perfect stopover on your way to Nantucket or Martha’s Vineyard.
What to Do:
Buttonwood Park Zoo: Named one of the finest small zoos in the country, Buttonwood Park Zoo is a real treat. We visited during their Tails and Taps event but they have a full calendar of programs for all ages! My favorites: the elephants and the fennec fox.