At 95,072 residents as of the 2010 Census, the city of New Bedford has Buzzards Bay’s largest year-round population. New Bedford’s land area covers 20 square miles, and nearly all of that is located within the Buzzards Bay watershed. The city is sandwiched between Dartmouth to the west, Acushnet and Fairhaven to the east, and Freetown to the north. New Bedford’s shoreline extends for 18 miles along Buzzards Bay, Clarks Cove, the Acushnet River, and New Bedford Harbor.

Top Stories in New Bedford

10 bike paths around Buzzards Bay to ride, walk, jog, skate, or ski

These 10 paved, well-marked paths off the main roads provide everybody with safe places to walk, bike, run, skate, or ski, whether you’re an avid adventurer or just learning how to ride.

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Despite weather conditions, over 350 swimmers raise $130,000 at 24th annual Buzzards Bay Swim

For only the second time in its 24-year history, the Buzzards Bay Swim was cancelled on Saturday due to unsafe weather conditions.

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These 2 seasoned pool swimmers tried open water swimming for the first time at the Buzzards Bay Swim – and loved it

As competitive swimmers Alex Gallant and Nicholas Graca prepare for their respective 6th and 3rd year swimming, they reflect on why they first tried the Buzzards Bay Swim and what makes them keep coming back.

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Upcoming Events in New Bedford

Yoga at the Fort
Mon, July 24
6:30PM - 7:30PM
Fort Taber Park,
New Bedford
Buzzards Bay Casual Ride
Wed, July 26
6:00PM
Moby Dick Brewing Co.,
New Bedford
Yoga at the Fort
Thu, July 27
6:30PM - 7:30PM
Fort Taber Park,
New Bedford

Places To Go in New Bedford

Fort Taber Park

With a sandy beach, bike path, and fishing pier, Fort Taber Park offers sweeping Buzzards Bay views that are steeped in history.

Flora B. Peirce Nature Trail

A natural oasis hidden in the North End of New Bedford, Flora B. Peirce Nature Trail takes visitors on a tour of forest life.

Buttonwood Park

Known as the “crown jewel” of New Bedford, Buttonwood Park is an oasis of nature and recreation in the city.

Current Issues

Toxic Pollution

Among all of the pollution threats to Buzzards Bay, toxic contamination has seen the greatest reductions in the past several decades. But toxic pollution is still a problem in parts of the Bay. Through strong, dedicated advocacy, the Coalition is working to make toxic pollution a relic of the past.

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Working to Save Buzzards Bay

The Buzzards Bay Coalition is a membership-supported organization dedicated to improving the health of the Buzzards Bay ecosystem for all through education, conservation, research, and advocacy.

We work to protect clean water on the Bay and on the land: