Joined 3 hour New Bedford Food Tour ( www.nbfoodtours.com ) and along with delicious samplings from 5 different restaurant stops, also found some great street art and lots of learning options for a future visit.
Cachupa Rafugado at Izzy’s Cape Verdean Restaurant was a highlight for me.
But in addition to the great eats and art, lots of history worth going back for a second trip. I learned that the National Park Service runs a free, ranger guided walking tour about New Bedford’s involvement with the Underground Railroad and that Frederick Douglass lived here shortly after escaping enslavement.
New Bedford was also the recruitment center for the famous MA 54th regiment of black soldiers in the Civil War.
And the Whaling Museum includes an exhibit devoted to Captain Paul Cuffy, a successful black whaler, sea captain, community leader and philanthropist of the late 1700 and early 1800s.
Only an hour and a quarter drive from Dennis, New Bedford was definitely worth the visit.