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Lighting the Way Historic Walking Trail

There are not any scheduled Lighting the Way walking tours at this time.

Free 60-minute guided tours of the Lighting the Way Walking Trail are offered during the summer months. Learn the stories of educators, philanthropists, abolitionists, crusaders for social justice, investors, confectioners, sister sailors, millworkers, and others as you walk through downtown New Bedford. All tours leave from the Whaling Museum and are free for everyone! No reservations necessary.

For the most up-to-date listing of Lighting the Way tour dates and times, please visit the Whaling Museum’s online calendar.

Download the Lighting the Way app to follow the trail on your mobile device.

Download the Lighting the Way Walking Trail map (pdf download)

Trail map

Pick up a printed map at the New Bedford Whaling Museum, 18 Johnny Cake Hill, and at these New Bedford locations*

Mariners Home: 15 Johnny Cake Hill

Nathan and Polly Johnson House: 21 Seventh St.

New Bedford City Hall: 133 William St.

New Bedford Free Public Library: 455 County St.

New Bedford National Historical Park Visitor Center: 33 William St.

New Bedford Passenger Ferry Terminal: State Pier

Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum

Waterfront Visitor Center: 52 Fisherman’s Wharf

Zeiterion Performing Arts Center

* Although every effort is made to supply maps to these locations, we cannot guarantee that maps will always be in stock at locations other than the New Bedford Whaling Museum.


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