Vibrant, coastal, and full of culture, New Bedford, MA has the distinction of being the sixth largest city in the state of Massachusetts. It might be one of the most historically interesting, too -- New Bedford was an old whaling community, propelled to the top of the industry by Lewis Temple’s invention of the toggling harpoon in 1848. Herman Melville set the opening chapters of Moby Dick here, and literary buffs will be glad to know that many of the places mentioned in the book are still standing (and that people still get upset if you stroll through the streets knocking their hats off).
New Bedford is still a thriving port city, but that’s not all it has to offer -- there’s also a strong creative scene, and the city was recently voted the seventh most artistic place in America.
Not only that, but the city welcomes wagging tails with open arms! New Bedford has its own dog park and plenty of pawesome community parks that are ideal for leashed walks. You’ll find some fantastically fur-friendly hiking options right in town, and your pooch is welcome to join you on many of the historic tours. No matter how long or short your stay, you and your salty sea dog are sure to have a whale of a time in New Bedford!