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The city of New Bedford In southeastern Massachusetts isn’t usually associated with nature and outdoor activities, but Explore New England discovers some surprising natural gems in and around this commercial fishing hub, where groups such as the Buzzards Bay Coalition have transformed a former sawmill on the Acushnet River into a park that offers hiking, paddling, and birdwatching. Meanwhile, there’s fishing for striped bass and bluefish to be had in the inner harbor, just steps from the historic downtown area, and even more action with false albacore waiting in the open waters of Buzzards Bay.