3 Best Attractions in New Bedford During the Winter

Things To Do in Winter

December 15, 2022

As the chilly winter season sets over New Bedford, Massachusetts, all the crowds begin to trickle out of the South Shore. What most folks don’t know is that though summer might be the traditional tourist season, winter months in southern Massachusetts offer a special kind of magic in this historic coastal town. 

Like something out of a Hallmark movie, New Bedford’s cobblestone streets have something for everyone to enjoy during the winter season. Here are three activities you definitely don’t want to miss. 

AHA Nights

Alison Wells Fine Art Studio and Gallery

If you are a lover of art, creativity, and supporting local artists, the Alison Wells Fine Art Studio and Gallery is the perfect place to escape on a cold winter day. Located in the center of New Bedford’s historic district, you’ll have the opportunity to view or commission the exceptional work of Alison Wells.

The inviting ambiance and warmth of the space perfectly complements the winter atmosphere and makes for an ideally relaxing trip. If you want to spend some time alone in the gallery, Alison Wells offers private viewings on Tuesdays by appointment. Other than that, the space is open to the public Wednesday-Saturday.

Should you be interested in a private art class, Alison also offers those by appointment. You can contact her here to learn more. 

Additionally, read up on AHA nights that occur multiple times a month in New Bedford! It’s a locally created and funded program that allows community members to showcase their creativity through art, history and architecture to visitors and residents alike. 

Alison Wells Fine Art Studio and Gallery hosts AHA night every second Thursday of the month from 5-8 pm! If you are in town during that time it’s worth the visit! 

New Bedford Museum of Glass

Spend a day surrounded by the vibrant history of national and international glass art making at the New Bedford Museum of Glass. Since its opening in 1933, the museum has continued to expand its collection of over 7,000 pieces from ancient times to the present, representing the evolution and fascinating stories of glass production.

The museum has early American blown and pressed glass, pattern glass, 17th and 18th century English tableware, Bohemian and Italian glass, Sandwich glass, lighting, marbles, cup plates, and more on display for you to view and learn the history of.

There are a few prominent collections that the museum is proud to host that together make up a very impressive treasure. One of these happens to be the Eric Streiner and John & Edie Lawson Collections of Ancient Glass dating back as far as 600 BCE.

The museum has recently undergone renovations, so be sure to visit between Wednesday and Sunday and check out the updated space!

Moby Dick Brewing Co.

Would you prefer a hot chocolate or a fresh brew to pair with dinner on a winter night? Brew on tap it is! At Moby Dick Brewing Co. you have the choice between thirteen different ales, lagers, IPAs and more to sip on in between bites of signature New England bar food with a twist.

Have you ever had a crab rangoon flatbread? How about Mozambique littlenecks? Or a lobster grilled cheese absolutely bursting with buttery goodness? Take a look at their menu and decide for yourself if this spot doesn’t seem like heaven in New Bedford, MA. In addition to the food and drinks, you’ll be surrounded by chic industrial architecture which speaks to both the past and present of New Bedford’s history.