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New England Aquarium Whale Watch

#3 of 41 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Boston Features Animals
New England Aquarium, Central Wharf, Boston, MA 02110
+1 617-973-5281
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This was an amazing tour that far exceeded our expectations. The boat is staffed by knowledgeable... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Tamara B
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Boston, Massachusetts
Highlight of our trip!!!

I have always wanted to go on a whale watching trip, but didn't want to invest the time or money... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Tissie E
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Austin, Texas
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Boston's best whale watch! Experience whales as only the New England Aquarium can present them! Our experienced marine biologists tell you all about these majestic creatures and the other inhabitants of Stellwagen Bank onboard the only fast catamaran in Boston designed specifically for whale watching! Whale sightings are guaranteed on this family fun adventure!
  • Excellent64%
  • Very good21%
  • Average7%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible4%
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Hours Today: 09:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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New England Aquarium, Central Wharf, Boston, MA 02110
Downtown
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+1 617-973-5281

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Reviewed yesterday

This was an amazing tour that far exceeded our expectations. The boat is staffed by knowledgeable Aquarium employees and they use these tours to monitor and document the whales and sea life with names given to most as they can identify them by their fins....More

Thank Tamara B
Reviewed 3 days ago

I have always wanted to go on a whale watching trip, but didn't want to invest the time or money and not see whales. I found the naturalist's blog on the aquarium website and found that whales had been sighted the previous few days. We...More

1  Thank Tissie E
Reviewed 4 days ago

This event was the highlight of the trip to Boston. The boat ride out to where the whales were was about 1.25 hours and the return trip was as well. While the boat ride itself was enjoyable, the actual whale viewing time was only about...More

Thank Panacea_Food
Reviewed 4 days ago

We set out on the 9 am. Sit outside the second level at the back to be sheltered from the wind. A relaxing boat ride out to the sea. Saw many whales, some close some far away. The staff is great at helping you spot...More

Thank jlogozzo
Reviewed 5 days ago

The narration was a learning experience, very informative. History of feeding grounds, feeding patterns, shipping lanes. We were very lucky today, about a dozen humpbacks. They have been tracking this area for almost 2 decades. Great experience today, our last visit was 17 years ago.

Thank NascarMom5
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This was a thrill. They knew where to go to see lots of whales. My kids and grands were in heaven. Lots of photo ops as the whales were plentiful. Saw at least 8 whales and they were very close to our boat. Lots came...More

1  Thank ggerskine
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Who hopes always reaches! We were here 4 years ago and did not see the whales! Today, after work, we sail an hour on a beautiful afternoon at the Whale Watch attraction to see these beauties !!! Whales near the Boston Bay on Stellwagon Bank!

Thank Maria Beatriz L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were led to believe that 98% of these whale watch cruises actually see whales. But from reading other reviews, I think that number is much too high and suspect it is just Public Relations 101. You tell us paying customers ( from all over...More

1  Thank cotton_I_Jo
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We booked this trip and went out yesterday morning! It was a 2 hour ride just to get to the whales feeding ground. We were told by the naturalist that this year the whales were "sparse' in the area. We floated around for about 30...More

1  Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We did see whales close to the boat. The whales were humpback. The first was breaching the water. A phenomenal sight to see. The second was deep diving so we could see her tail as she went down. We saw Salt, the first Whale named...More

Thank M A
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Lindalu1000
2 July 2017|
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Response from MrsS71 | Reviewed this property |
we also took the morning cruise & got there in plenty of time. we sat in the upper enclosed deck. It was a great experience & we saw plenty of whales
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Mandrews905
17 May 2017|
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Response from Ssc3201 | Reviewed this property |
4 hour trip plus I'd wait in line for boat on weekends at least 1 hour before trip
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GrandmaJ2007
14 May 2017|
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Response from MineBM | Reviewed this property |
The weather is warmer than in April but a light coat or windbreaker is useful. Yes, June is excellent for watching whales. Enjoy!!!!
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