For the past 15 years, The New Bedford Art Museum has dressed up downtown New Bedford with a seasonally changing collection of visual stimuli from local, national, and international artists—all presented within a former bank that still contains two vintage vaults. Pamela Calore's Time Has Left Its Mark explores the haunting remnants of abandoned local factories and the Rhode Island System that governed the lives of its workers. New Bedford Through the Lens, meanwhile, charts the city's changes over time through photographs or a feature film, depending on how fast attendees sprint past the photographs. The New Bedford Art Museum is open Wednesday–Sunday.
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.
Carousel Family Fun Center and the adjoining Cap'n Barnacles mini-golf course provide all-ages entertainment with an array of enjoyable activities. Fleece fellow family members of their allowance money or collectible Jane Austen action figures with a skins game on Cap'n Barnacles’ 18-hole outdoor mini-golf course ($5 value per game, $2 value per replay). The nautically themed course takes dimpled balls over obstacles and past scenic views of ponds and mini lighthouses. Bring four people to play one game each to get the full value of this Groupon, or opt either to play two games each with a friend or to ponder existential dilemmas during four solo games. This Groupon must be used in one visit.
An idyllic farm nestled along the Westport River 5 miles from Horseneck Beach, Driftway Meadows carefully sows and harvests show horses and riders. The facility, which has racked up a great reputation in the Morgan horse-show scene, staffs experienced, state-licensed instructors who are fluent in hunt seat, saddle seat, and dressage. During a pair of private lessons, riders yearning to become one with their mounts can climb aboard a merry school horse and enjoy some pretend jousting while appreciating the stable's abundant greenery and bucolic atmosphere.
As neon obstacles glow under a series of black lights, teams move through two levels of mazes and catwalks as they avoid the photon blasts of opposing players' and the pitfalls of the 7,500 sq. ft. arena. While sprinting up ramps and seeking cover, players must avoid strategically placed laser mines that flash and beep before tagging anyone within reach, which effectively deactivates their equipment and James Bond trivia knowledge for 12 seconds. Players can earn points by blasting the mines first, while bases and targets offer chances to earn even more tally marks.
After futuristic battles conclude, guests can putt through an 18-hole mini golf course surrounded by alien planets and dinosaurs. Off the course, visitors can also sling skee balls and pop tokens into games in the arcade to win tickets redeemable for prizes. With a laser maze where players navigate beams of light and four party rooms added to the mix, Lazer Gate becomes the ideal spot for birthday parties or training camps for lethargic clones.
Divine Yoga tunes minds and bodies to more serene frequencies with a variety of yoga classes fit for all ages and abilities and instructed by a bevy of experienced stretching shepherds. Heat-seeking muscle bundles can twist, bend, and cosmic watusi in the purging heat of a hot-yoga class, and room-temperature benders can practice their poses in a mellow yoga class, which uses seated postures and slow movements to flexify hips and shoulders and ease the pain of recent oil-wrestling injuries. Check the schedule for class times and dates.