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New England Aquarium Whale Watch

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Address: New England Aquarium, Central Wharf, Boston, MA 02110
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+1 617-973-5281
09:00 - 17:00
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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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Although we were hesitant about seeing whales, we were not disappointed. The trip from the harbor was about an hour out to the spot the whales are know to frequent in the summer... read more

Reviewed 9 August 2016
Metairie, LA

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Metairie, LA
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527 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 178 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 August 2016

Although we were hesitant about seeing whales, we were not disappointed. The trip from the harbor was about an hour out to the spot the whales are know to frequent in the summer. We saw amazing whales - three different species. And the humpbacks put on quite a show. The boat is very comfortable and there are nice bathrooms and... More 

Thank NewOrleansfirstgal
Ottawa, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 9 August 2016 via mobile

We had a successful tour: good waters, lots of whales. But there were just too many people on board. People had to sit on the floors if they wanted to sit. For a 4-hour tour, and $49 a ticket, finding a spot on the floor is unacceptable. The crowds also meant it was hard to see the whales or take... More 

1 Thank noordinaryharfang
2 reviews
Reviewed 8 August 2016 via mobile

Excellent! Well worth the trip. I was nervous about the reviews that mentioned sea sickness. I took my meds, sat in the back like they recommended if you are prone to such things. I was fine the whole trip. We saw many amazing whales including a momma and her baby. They even swam under the boat! Bring a jacket and... More 

Thank katienannette
Depok, Indonesia
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33 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 August 2016 via mobile

We all love it. It costs 49 each person and takes about 4 hours journey. We went by boat about one hour and half before met many whales. The boat crew was very nice too. Overall we recommend this activity

Thank Nitads
Rhode Island
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379 reviews
121 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 August 2016

We were fortunate to have multiple sightings with a Fin whale, Minke whales, and plenty of Humpbacks that didn't want to leave our side! The tour lasted for over 4 hours due to the many sightings. The crew was excellent, the Naturalists wonderful and informative. The seas had some really great swells due to unsettled early morning weather, but our... More 

Thank DaveEB310
Colgate, Wisconsin
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 August 2016 via mobile

I went with my mother and college and high school sons. It was a great day all around. Weather was beautiful, and we saw many pods of whales. Staff were helpful and cared about people and whales. We left at 3pm. Even with hot weather, it is a very good idea to bring a jacket.

Thank Kristine Z
Toronto ON CAN
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84 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 August 2016

Went on a busy summer Saturday and the boat was pretty much full, to standing room (so scout and grab your seat quick). The ferry out of the harbour is scenic and you can get some nice harbour and city line photos. After leaving the barbour traffic the boat picks up speed and it's about an 1.5 hr drive out... More 

Thank herroyalmelness
Coral Springs, Florida
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49 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 August 2016

Cruise was relaxing and picturesque. Saw a lot of whales, so much so that the crew were amazed! The kids enjoyed it, though four hours is a lot for the younger kids to take. Recommend motion sickness meds before you go just in case and a jacket (it gets pretty cool on the way out and back). Snack bar on... More 

Thank Familyoffive04
Lee-on-the-Solent, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 August 2016 via mobile

Great tour, done it before and would do it again. Can be busy so be prepared to stand on trip there and back. Took just under 4 hrs in total

Thank Phil L
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 August 2016 via mobile

If you are invested marine wildlife conservation and preserving delicate marine ecosystems, you do not take a 300-passenger catamaran, six times a day, and claim to be doing "research." The most you can do this way is to count how many whales are there until they are inevitably driven away. Even so, the crew on our tour did not hear... More 

Thank Cherry C

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