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

How an ocean-loving New Bedford mom trained for her first Buzzards Bay Swim

With weekly practice, Rosie Byrnes was was swimming a full mile – 33 laps – with ease after two months. And by the time June rolled around, she felt like a pro, effortlessly swimming 1.2 miles in the pool.

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35 dog-walking destinations to discover in southeastern Massachusetts

For dog owners, part of the fun of outdoor exploration is having your faithful companion by your side. Here's a list of local places where you and your dog can run, walk, swim, and play.

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How one 12-year-old raised over $1,000 for clean water at his first Buzzards Bay Swim

Marco Brunette of Concord had never seen Buzzards Bay when he decided to participate in the Buzzards Bay Swim. That didn't stop him from raising more than $1,000 for clean water.

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Upcoming Events in New Bedford

South Coast Bikeway Alliance Bike Summit
Thu, March 23
5:30PM - 7:30PM
Fort Taber Community Center,
New Bedford
Cuttyhunk Seal Cruise
Sat, March 25
10:00AM - 2:30PM
Cuttyhunk Ferry Parking Lot,
New Bedford
Wednesday Walkabouts
Wed, May 10
10:00AM - 11:00AM
Flora B. Peirce Nature Trail,
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: