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The Massachusetts Whale Trail is a special collection of museums and attractions, whale watching excursions, and historic sites and tours. Embrace the theme to the fullest by rounding out the journey with shopping, dining, and drinks with your
squad pod at these swhale spots!
Grey whale open air plant vases, photo source: Four Winds Craft Guild
Happy Whale – Rockport
Bring the kids to this nautical-themed toy shop where they can grab their whale trail souvenirs on charming, pedestrian-friendly Bearskin Neck.
Moby Dick Retail – New Bedford
Located in the heart of downtown New Bedford, this retail and gift shop is all about the white whale and sea inspired gifts and novelties.
Four Winds Craft Guild – Nantucket
Four Winds Craft Guild has been in the business of selling authentic local arts, crafts, and baskets on Nantucket since 1948. This shop is run in conjunction with sister store, Sylvia Antiques, offering an ever changing assortment of antiques.
The Landing Gift Shop and Chandlery – New Bedford
Boutique style gift shop and chandlery featuring wall art photography, canvas harbor charts, apparel, handmade copper weathervanes, jewelry and then some.
Whaling Wives Gift Shop – Falmouth
A selection of history-inspired books and thoughtfully designed products including educational items for children, jewelry, candles, notecards and scrimshaw at this museum shop.
The White Whale – New Bedford
Located at the New Bedford Whaling Museum, stop by this quaint shop after taking in the city’s rich whaling history, for gifts, books, museum publications, clothing, and other nautical-themed goodies.
Vineyard Vines – Multiple Locations
Enjoy this eclectic outfitter with Martha’s Vineyard inspired apparel, home of the happy whale icon. Fun fact: the first location of this fan favorite brand was on the island in Edgartown.
Whalemen’s Shipping List – New Bedford
Looking for something unique and memorable to take home? Whaleman’s Shipping List has you covered with an eclectic array of goods from seamen’s chests to crew manifests from whaling vessels, and even containers that once held whale oil.
Craftmasters of Nantucket – Nantucket
The finest scrimshaw gifts and nautical accessories. All scrimshaw pieces are handmade by David Masters, an artisan and year round resident of the island.
Dine + Sip
Cisco Brewers’ Whale Tale Pale Ale, photo source: Cisco Brewers
Moby Dick’s Restaurant – New Bedford
Family-owned and operated for over 30 years, family friendly, BYOB, fresh seafood. Make your way to this seafood joint for a “WHALE of a meal!”
Cisco Brewers – Nantucket
You’d be remiss not to enjoy a glass of “Whale’s Tale Pale Ale” from Cisco Brewers! Or enjoy any of the brews, wine, or spirits from this jack-of-all craft beverage company.
The Black Whale – New Bedford
Located on New Bedford’s historic Pier 3, this contemporary bar & eatery serves innovative seafood dishes & raw shellfish amid gorgeous harbor views.
The Thirsty Whale – Newburyport
Since 1978, laid back local pub in the heart of downtown Newburyport has been dishing up a variety of land and sea classics to visitors and locals.
Greasy Luck Brewpub – New Bedford
12 in house brews, a full menu, and live music can be found at this restaurant. “Greasy Luck” term originates from the days when whaling ships dominated the horizons, and voyagers were wished good fortune on their seafaring quests. Now, the phrase is used as a gesture of good luck, health, and success in any venture.
Whaleback Restaurant – Sagamore
If you want to experience a classic Cape Cod dive with some good seafood and generous portions, check out the Whaleback. This bar and eatery has been a staple for regular visitors to the cape for decades. It is small, lively, and not to be missed.
Moby Dick Brewing Co. – New Bedford
A relative newcomer to the city that lit the world, Moby Dick Brewing Co. serves craft ales and lagers brewed on premises, along with distinctive cuisine prepared from locally sourced seafood, meats and produce.
Feature image source: The Landing Gift Shop