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It would take months of sea travel, extensive scuba certifications, and fluency in several crustacean dialects to find—let alone interact with—all the creatures found in Ocean Explorium's interactive exhibits. The science center emphasizes environmental stewardship and scientific literacy through several educational habitats such as touch tanks of local aquatic wildlife—including New Bedford's world-famous scallops and schools of rays and sharks. The Living Laboratory exhibit brings visitors face to face with sea creatures such as baby sharks, shark egg cases, coral farm, and moon jellies. Beyond the up-close encounters with denizens of the deep, Ocean Explorium also enlightens patrons with a variety of non-living displays. The Explorer's Zone presents scientific experiments that reveal the workings of the natural world through hands-on exhibits themed around different weekly topics, and Discovery Bay enthralls children aged eight or younger with games, puzzles, and a sand and water table. Advanced computers construct a three-dimensional image of our home planet as it appears from outer space in the Science on a Sphere exhibit, displaying global weather patterns in real time or replaying natural phenomena from history, such as the time it rained men.

174 Union St
New Bedford,
MA
US

A climber slowly ascends a steep rockface, supporting all his weight on the smallest of footholds. Ignoring the heights, he searches for another place to grasp, finding purchase on an oval stone. His final step to the top rewards him with the thrilling satisfaction of beating the beastly incline and views of children running across the floor.

Carabiner's Indoor Climbing rock gym, one of the tallest in New England, brings the sport of rock scaling to urban residents. Walls that range from 15- to 65-feet tall grant visitors of all skill levels climbing routes that strengthen muscles, improve body awareness, and serve as a training ground for the NYPD’s Spider-Man division.

Certified climbers start visitors on their paths to climbing autonomy with personal belay classes that cover basics and safety tips. The gyms also offer a full-schedule of fitness classes, including yoga, Pilates, Zumba, pole dancing, martial arts, and family fitness classes.

328 Parker St
New Bedford,
MA
US

Whaling City Expeditions whisks passengers out onto the storied waters of New Bedford Harbor to explore a port that has seen the departures and returns of ships and their sailors for more than 250 years. Wielding more than a decade's worth of experience, Captain Jeff Pontiff and his team steer boats out into the picturesque waters. In the evenings, step onboard for a sunset cruise, a BYOB excursion where passengers can watch the sun dip below Palmer Island lighthouse and place bets on the exact time of sunset with the other passengers.

13 Hamilton St
New Bedford,
MA
US

A lifelong entrepreneur with a green thumb, Dave Neilson transformed Coastal Vineyards from an idea to a reality in 2004. Joined by his wife Linda, family, and friends, Dave continues to tend to his small but continually expanding winery, situated along southeastern New England's lengthy coastal wine trail. Like a shadow cast by Godzilla, the property's thriving vineyards cover eight acres, producing 12 varietals including chardonnay, pinot gris, riesling, and merlot.

No matter the bottle, Dave's goal remains consistent: to lure every ounce of fruity zest from each varietal, specifically by blending flavors to create unique bouquets. To accomplish this, Coastal Vineyards utilizes a combination of stainless steel and oak barrels to ensure it consistently serves up a diverse repertoire of complex flavors, which can be bought or tested in the facility's tasting room when it swings open its doors on the weekends.

61 Pardon Hill Rd
South Dartmouth,
MA
US

Thanks to lines such as Royal Flemish and Crown Milano, the city of New Bedford rightfully earned the nickname “Art Glass Headquarters of the Country” by the late 19th century. With 7,000 objects to its name, The New Bedford Museum of Glass not only celebrates the area’s rich heritage, but also spans more than 3,000 years of worldwide glassmaking history. Through its permanent collection and rotating exhibits, the museum highlights everything from Victorian glass syrup bottles to 19th-century glass cigar holders. Our Nation’s Heritage in Glass encompasses 500-plus pieces of American-themed glass, including Bicentennial glass and the glass teeth George Washington wore in battle. Along with its rich displays, the museum’s in-house libraries delves deeper into global glassmaking with more than 8,000 volumes in 10 languages.

61 Wamsutta St
New Bedford,
MA
US

Specializing in birthday parties and kids' art classes, Create Hands On helps create memories by combining family bonding experiences and creative education with more than six different, hands-on tasks for parents and tykes to enjoy together. At various stations around their space, kids hand-stuff their own personalized teddy bear and decorate it with extras, or use cool toys, scents, and toy surprises to craft their very own soap at a soap-making experience station. The jewelry station, which doesn't require tools, showcases pristine bits and bobs of jewelry making. Visitors can also use brush and paint to personalize hundreds of pottery pieces.

375 Faunce Corner Rd
North Dartmouth,
MA
US