The New Bedford Whaling Museum's Moby-Dick Marathon is an annual non-stop reading of Herman Melville's literary masterpiece. The multi-day program of entertaining activities and events is presented every January. Admission to the Marathon is free.

Parking, Accommodations, Restaurants


The Whaling Museum sent out this note (30Dec2016):
Parking is free on Johnny Cake Hill and at metered spots on the [Marathon] weekend. Additional parking can be found in the Elm St. Garage. If there is a threat of snow, we strongly encourage you to park in the Elm Street Garage.
 Other info:
  • Most of the streets around the Whaling Museum allow parallel parking on both sides.
  • According to this (rather old) blog post on, parking (in both the municipal lot and on the street) is free Saturdays and Sundays, regardless of the posted times.
In case of a snow emergency (announced on the City of New Bedford website), park in the municipal garage on Elm St., northwest of the Museum.


  • Fairfield Inn - Off-street parking; WiFi; breakfast; Senior discount over 62; helpful staff; about 4 blocks from Museum. If you book a refundable room, check their rates periodically; they've been known to go down as January approaches.
  • Harbor Hotel - newly renovated (2018) downtown building; valet parking only; breakfast; about 4 blocks from Museum. Restaurant and bar in lobby.
  • AirBnB has a few listings near the museum.
  • Other accommodations in New Bedford.


    From our experience, many pubs and restaurants do not do lunch (at least in January). Also, if you intend to go out for dinner following the Marathon, don't wait too late Sunday night.
    We've had good meals/brews at nearby establishments: