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52 Fisherman’s Wharf, Pier 3 (508) 951-0645 www.newbedfordharbortours.com

The only harbor tour of the historic port of New Bedford can accommodate up to 14 passengers and includes views of Palmer’s Island Lighthouse, the New. Bedford working waterfront, Forts Phoenix and Taber, the largest hurricane barrier on the East Coast, the Schooner Ernestina and more.

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Our clean, quiet vessel takes you and your out-of-town visitors on a relaxing, narrated cruise around historic New Bedford Harbor. Come experience the hidden jewel of the South Coast, where whaling history comes alive! Sail the same waters as Herman Melville and Joshua Slocum. See a real working waterfront. …

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We had an unforgettable tour of New Bedford Harbor on a breezy day with the fabulous Captain Cathy! She is kind, knowledgeable, skilled and was a lot of fun. While expertly piloting the Acushnet, she paid perfect attention to our 3 1/2 year old grandson, knowing just what would interest him and the best ways to explain and teach about what we were seeing. A new view of a familiar place. Highly recommend for all ages, whether you live in the area or are visiting.

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New Bedford Harbor Walk

Experience bustling New Bedford Harbor from up high on the New Bedford Harbor Walk , a city-owned walking and bike path in the South End. This newly opened paved walkway runs along the top of the New Bedford Hurricane Barrier, offering a unique view of the harbor where it meets the open waters of Buzzards Bay.

The New Bedford Harbor Walk sits atop the New Bedford Hurricane Barrier on East Rodney French Boulevard. The hurricane barrier is said to be the longest in the world – and now, for the first time since it was built in the 1960s, locals can enjoy its spectacular panorama while walking, jogging, and biking along this paved, elevated path.

Palmers Island from the New Bedford Harbor Walk

The New Bedford Harbor Walk runs all the way to Palmer Island, where you can enjoy a view of the island’s iconic lighthouse amid fishing vessels on the inner harbor.

The Harbor Walk is the best place to see New Bedford’s unique mix of natural and man-made wonders. From up here, the views seem endless: look for landmarks like East Beach, Fort Taber, Butler Flats Lighthouse, Fort Phoenix, Palmers Island, the Port of New Bedford, and the sparkling waters of Buzzards Bay. Ferries and fishing vessels steam in and out of the harbor, passing through the narrow opening in the barrier just beyond the harbor walk’s end.

The New Bedford Harbor Walk begins next to the East Rodney French Boulevard boat ramp , stretching about three-quarters of a mile to its northern end at Gifford Street. Here, the harbor walk extends along the inside of the hurricane barrier past Palmers Island. At night, the walkway is lined with more than 160 light fixtures, so this is a nice spot for a stroll in the evening.

For a longer bike ride, continue south on the Saulnier Memorial Bike Trail , which connects with the harbor walk near the boat ramp and runs past East Beach , Fort Taber , and West Beach on Clarks Cove. It’s all part of  The Blue Lane , network of pathways that connects neighborhoods along the New Bedford waterfront.

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The New Bedford Hurricane Barrier forms a dividing line between inner and outer New Bedford Harbor. The outer harbor mixes with the open waters of Buzzards Bay, creating an environment that’s full of diverse coastal life. On the inner harbor, the scene shifts to a busy industrial port lined with commercial fishing vessels.

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These 10 paved, well-marked paths off the main roads provide everybody with safe places to walk, bike, run, skate, or ski, whether you’re an avid adventurer or just learning how to ride.

There’s still a lot of progress to be made to improve the region’s outdoor places so everybody can discover Buzzards Bay, regardless of their physical ability.

Even if you have a busy schedule, making the time for a simple Sunday stroll can help improve your heart health, ease stress, and create a connection to the outdoors.

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Among all of the pollution threats to Buzzards Bay, toxic contamination has seen the greatest reductions in the past several decades. But toxic pollution is still a problem in parts of the Bay. Through strong, dedicated advocacy, the Coalition is working to make toxic pollution a relic of the past.

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Take a 60-minute vacation! 

Our clean covered, quiet vessel takes you and your out-of-town visitors on a relaxing, narrated cruise around historic New Bedford Harbor.

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52 Fisherman's Wharf, Pier 3, New Bedford. Free parking at the pier. 

  • Palmer's Island Lighthouse
  • Fort Phoenix
  • The Largest Hurricane Barrier on the East Coast
  • No. 1 Fishing Fleet in U.S. 
  • Schooner Ernestina & Joshua Slocum Memorial
  • And Lots of Whaling History
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  • Discover Historic New Bedford Harbor
  • Experience the jewel of the South Coast
  • Sail the same waters as Herman Melville and Joshua Slocum, all while learning about the once whaling capital of the world, now the largest commercial fishing port in America

SCHEDULE * Updated October 2023

Friday, Saturday and Sunday ONLY

12:00pm/1:30pm/3:00pm/4:30pm

Please call to schedule a tour at 508 - 951- 0645

Adults $20 Seniors (62+) and Active Military $18 Children $12 (5-12 yrs) Infant-Toddler $5 (under 4 yrs)

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