Whales & Battleships: Nautical New Bedford With Your Grandchild

Discover the city that inspired “Moby Dick” on a nautical adventure with your grandchild. Watch for whales, climb aboard a battleship and take field trips to Newport and Cape Cod!
Program No. 23768RJ
6 days
Starts at
1,399 / ADULT
799 / CHILD

At a Glance

On a blustery January day in 1841, a young man named Herman Melville boarded a whaling ship in the seaside city of New Bedford, at the time the greatest whaling capital of the world. That voyage, the things he learned and the stories he heard from other whalers inspired Herman to write the most famous whale tale of all time: “Moby Dick!” Explore the city that inspired Herman, watch for whales yourself and climb aboard a real battleship! Plus, take field trips to nearby Cape Cod and Newport, Rhode Island to discover giant mansions, a cliff walk and more on this coastal adventure with your grandchild.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Earn your Junior Ranger badge as you discover the city’s whaling and underground railroad history on a scavenger hunt!
  • Find out what lurks in the marine forest at the Lloyd Center for the Environment, and then get your feet wet while collecting your own samples to examine in the classroom.
  • See what the life of a sailor is like as you walk along the decks of the USS Massachusetts — “Big Mamie” — at Battleship Cove.
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Laurie Ann Wysocki
Laurieanne Wysocki received a Certificat Pratique de Langue Francais in Angers, France and graduated with a B.A. in French from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1985. She began working as a group leader for Road Scholar in 2000, predominantly on Adventures Afloat. When not facilitating Road Scholar programs and otherwise journeying abroad, Laurieanne pursues vocations in writing and art while living on a lake in western Massachusetts where she also enjoys swimming, hiking, and gardening. Her adventure stories have been published by GoNomad.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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