Things To Do In New Bedford


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The Coastal Wine Trail draws together a variety of coastal producers, whose vines speckle hillsides along the southern coasts of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut: Truro Vineyards, Travessia Winery, Coastal Vineyards, Running Brook Winery, Westport Rivers Vineyard & Winery, Carolyn's Sakonnet Vineyard, Greenvale Vineyards, Newport Vineyards, Langworthy Farm Winery, and Stonington Vineyards. A passport grants visitors passage for 2 to 10 wineries, where they may learn about and perhaps purchase each producer's favored libations?mostly whites and sparkling wines but a few reds?which are characterized by their growing proximity to the coastline and the dual-climatic influences of Gulf Stream waters and the screams of passing water-skiers.

760 Purchase Street
New Bedford,
MA
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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
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New Bedford Festival Theatre is devoted to musicals. Since 1990, they have entertained over 200,000 audience members with Broadway-style shows that span the genre's past and present. Staples such as Cats and The Producers balance lesser-known works such as La Cage aux Folles and The Producers 2: Playbill of Revenge to enrich the cultural knowledge of the public. And their efforts have not gone in vain. The New England Theatre Conference awarded New Bedford Festival Theatre the Moss Hart Award for its performances of Les Misérables and Hairspray.

684 Purchase St.
New Bedford,
MA
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The art lessons hosted by uPaint Events are more like parties than classes. The mobile studio sets up shop in local cafes and bars, supplying easels, paints, aprons, brushes, and blank canvases for attendees. Friendly teachers provide step-by-step instructions to help participants paint their own colorful works of art. Of-age artists are welcome to purchase and sip adult beverages, provided they avoid dipping their brushes into their wine glasses.

418 Rivet St.
New Bedford,
MA
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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
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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.

228 MacArthur Drive
New Bedford,
MA
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