Massachusetts Unveils ‘Whale Trail’

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Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism (MOTT) has recently unveiled the Massachusetts Whale Trail, a collaboration project among various state tourism destinations from Provincetown to Pittsfield.

Featuring nearly 40 stops along the coast, Whale Trail partners include museums, attractions, historic sites, educational centres and tours.

“We’re thrilled to announce the new Massachusetts Whale Trail,” said Francois-Laurent Nivaud, executive director of Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism. “The Whale Trail captures the maritime spirit of Massachusetts and offers a new way for visitors to engage with our long and storied connection to whales.”

Sites on the trail include historic landmarks, such as the Seaman’s Bethel and Mariners’ Home in New Bedford, whale watching tours from Provincetown to Newburyport, museums like the Nantucket Historical Association Whaling Museum, and educational activities such as the SEA SPACE Marine Discovery Center in Provincetown.

In addition to traditional attractions, MOTT’s promotions feature galleries with whale art, such as Focus Gallery in Chatham, and whale-inspired IPAs with Moby Dick Brewing Company in New Bedford.

“This Massachusetts Whale Trail is a fun and engaging way to tell the story of our relationship with these magnificent giants of the ocean,” said Tina Malott, director of marketing and public relations, New Bedford Whaling Museum. “Our region’s past, present, and future is intimately connected to the sea, and to whales in particular. The New Bedford Whaling Museum is dedicated to teaching about humankind’s interaction with whales throughout history, as well as teaching about the world of whales today.”

To promote the trail, MOTT has launched, and developed itineraries highlighting interactive experiences for visitors by theme. Early itineraries include a literary-enthusiasts track, exploring a route dedicated to Herman Melville’s life and inspiration in Massachusetts, and another with families in mind, including whale watching tours and sites to experience marine life first-hand. 

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