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New England Aquarium Whale Watch

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Address: New England Aquarium, Central Wharf, Boston, MA 02110
Phone Number:
+1 617-973-5281
09:00 - 18:00
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Mon - Fri 09:00 - 17:00
Sat - Sun 09:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes

Boston's best whale watch! Experience whales as only the New England...

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!

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We went on this trip in November which is apparently at the end of the whale watching season since many other boats have stopped running at this time. Having that knowledge, I... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 10 November 2016
Dook M
Salt Lake City, Utah

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

We went on this trip in November which is apparently at the end of the whale watching season since many other boats have stopped running at this time. Having that knowledge, I didn't expect much. This was part of the City Go pass so even if we didn't see anything, at least it was a boat ride. What I learned... More 

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

I have spent a great deal of time on the water in my life and thought this would be a fun experience. All the way out to sea, the employees sold food and drink to the passengers. About halfway through the trip, the passengers started falling ill. The crew was passing out bags, but for the last hour of my... More 

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Wendover, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016

We had a great experience over a few hours and saw 5 Humpback Whales and a very large pod of dolphins. The voyage itself is worthwhile as you get some wonderful views of the Boston skyline from out at sea. We did this trip in November and the boat was perhaps only 1/4 full so everybody had a great view.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

Our whale watching cruise was undertaken on a lovely sunny but chilly day. Passengers were advised that the sea would be a little choppy. However, advice was given as to the best position on the boat to minimise the effects of potential sea-sickness. In addition we were told that in the event of not seeing any whales our tickets would... More 

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Cardiff, Wales
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

My wife and I thought that $98 was a great price to get on this trip as even if we didn't see any whales, we'd be at sea for 4 hours... We did however, see a few whales. They were at a fair distance mind, but could see them dive and come out of the water fairly clearly. It was... More 

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Boulder, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

Trips leave a couple of times a day and take about 4 hours. It is delightful to see Boston Harbor and the skyline recede, to motor by the airport and travel 20 miles out to see. The whales were plentiful and playful. The boat as appropriate is respectful and has a naturalist aboard. Great trip.

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

This is the second time I visit this attraction. The crew is always helpful. Boat is clean and neat. Very knowledgeable and welcoming. You have got to go whale watching. Great experience.

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Geneva, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

nice comfortable boat, good comments from the boston aquarium naturalist. When we arrive at the site ( about 1 hour from the harbour) we saw a lot of whales. in groups of 3 or 5. They were very close to the boat. Coming on both sides of the boat, so difficult to keep track. really worth to pay the usd... More 

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Doetinchem, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

We have been on a lot of whale watching tours but this one is by far the best. A lot of whales and close to the boat, we haven't seen something like this before. Downside is the long trip to get to the whales and (we did not count them..) 200-300 people on the boat all trying to get a... More 

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The Woodlands, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

We took a noon whale watching tour. The boat was very comfortable and very crowded. The crew was quite friendly and helpful. When we arrived at the whale viewing site, we saw many whales. Some were in feeding groups and some were by themselves. We saw a couple of whale calves too. The tour was very interesting with a commentary... More 

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