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Fort Taber Park


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Facility Information

1000 S. Rodney French Blvd.
New Bedford, MA 02740

Fort Taber Park
The New Bedford public beaches will be guarded through Mon Sept 7. After that date you will swim at your own risk. The East Beach and Ft Taber lots are staffed through Sept 7 as well and again on Sat & Sun. Sept. 12 & 13. They will be open 8am through 8pm week days through Sept 15. On Sept 15 legal parking resumes on East Rodney French Blvd.

A 50-acre waterfront park that provides over a mile of ocean frontage located on scenic Clark’s Point which projects into Buzzards Bay. The park incorporates historical landmarks, offers many amenities and various opportunities for passive and active recreation. The centerpiece of the park is the historic Fort Rodman, built between 1857 and 1871 as part of the nation’s sea coast defense system. The fort is features interpretive signage and a military museum. There is over one mile of walking, jogging or biking paths, natural areas, a beach for bathing, a pier for fishing, a playground, community boating, a youth summer camp, and picnic areas offering panoramic views. The park is handicap accessible. A large multi-purpose lawn allows for cultural programming, such as military reenactments and public concerts.

- Parking (pass required)
- Fishing Pier
- Playground
- Zagster Bike Share Station
- Bike/Walking Paths
- Lifeguards
- Military Museum
- Concession Stand
- Picnic Areas
- Restrooms


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