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New Bedford is a great place to learn, explore, and have a blast! So why not make your Folk Festival experience even more meaningful and stay awhile?

Whether you’re a history buff or just looking to spend the day at sea, New Bedford offers a variety of attractions and activities to suit all interests. From the largest museum in America devoted to the whaling industry, to the first free home of Frederick Douglass, New Bedford’s museums and attractions are sure to inspire, intrigue and delight. New Bedford is also home to the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, the only National Park addressing the history of the whaling industry. Want culture? Visit the New Bedford Seaport Cultural District, comprised densely of businesses and cultural attractions all within a short walking distance!

Travel down a cobblestone path. Comb the beach. Shop antiques. See history come to life.  And, while you’re here, we hope you experience everything that makes us proud to call this incredible City “home.”



Fairfield Inn & Suites
185 MacArthur Dr.
New Bedford, MA 02740
Residence Inn New Bedford Dartmouth
171 Faunce Corner Road
North Dartmouth, MA  02747


Seaport Inn and Marina
110 Middle Street
Fairhaven, MA 02719

53 Old Bedford Rd
Westport, MA 02790
737 State Rd
North Dartmouth, MA 02747


Bed & Breakfasts

Captain Haskell’s Octagon House
347 Union Street
New Bedford, MA 02740


The Orchard Street Manor
139 Orchard Street
New Bedford, MA 02740

There are hotels outside the immediate New Bedford area that are less than hour.  Fall River, Taunton, Plymouth, Wareham are all an easy trip to the festival.

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