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Regularly scheduled walking tours are on hiatus until the spring! If you are interested in a walking tour for a group or classroom, please contact


Join New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center for small group walking tours of downtown New Bedford and the working waterfront! These tours will provide guests an opportunity to learn about New Bedford’s history and fishing industry while being outside and socially distanced.

Tours will explore topics including the history of the fishing industry, life in a fishing family, and the ins and outs of a contemporary waterfront. Group size will be limited to 10 guests and a tour guide. Guests are encouraged to wear masks while on tour.

Tours are $5/person, children under 10 are free, members of the Fishing Heritage Center are free. Dog friendly if dogs are leashed!

Tour begins in the parking lot at the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center and ends at Pier 3. Plan to meet in the parking lot at least 5 minutes before the start of the tour. Following the tour, guests may return to the Center to tour our exhibits. Tour lasts approximately one hour. If the tour is cancelled due to weather, you will know the day of, but with notice.

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38 Bethel Street
New Bedford, MA 02740

Located in New Bedford, the nation’s most valuable fishing port, New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center is dedicated to preserving and presenting the story of the fishing industry past, present, and future through exhibits, programs, and archives.

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