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What are some things to do in the New Bedford, Massachusetts area?

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Things to do in New Bedford, Massachusetts, include the New Bedford Whaling National Historic Park, the New Bedford Museum of Glass, the Buttonwood Park Zoo and the Ocean Explorium. The New Bedford Whaling National Historic Park offers guided and self-guided tours of New Bedford. Physical maps and apps are available for those opting for the self-guided tours. Inside the visitor center are exhibits and special activities for kids, including Junior Ranger activity books and Civil War trading cards.

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The New Bedford Museum of Glass features collections from the New Bedford area as well as the Schimmelpfeng Paperweight Collection. The collection, which was started in the 1970s, has specimens from as far away as France. In addition to the glass pieces brought back from places around the world is a collection of "fakes" meant to inform inquisitive glass lovers.

The Buttonwood Park Zoo, which dates back to 1894, is one of the oldest zoos in the United States. Animals on exhibit include native species such as cougars, bears, beavers and otters, as well as Asian elephants and sheep from Leicester, England. The Ocean Explorium, found in downtown New Bedford, is a kid-friendly aquarium that explores the relationship between the ocean, the land and the environment.

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