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New England Aquarium Whale Watch

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New England Aquarium, Central Wharf, Boston, MA 02110
+1 617-973-5281
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Very lucky!!!

This tour that departs from the port of Boston, near the New England Aquarium, takes nearly four... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
London, United Kingdom
Amazing experience

We took this tour while docked in Boston on a cruise. Since it was a little late in the season to... read more

Reviewed 24 December 2017
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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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“stellwagen bank” (38 reviews)
“sea sickness” (54 reviews)
“rain check” (25 reviews)
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Hours Today: 09:00 - 18:00
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
New England Aquarium, Central Wharf, Boston, MA 02110
+1 617-973-5281

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This tour that departs from the port of Boston, near the New England Aquarium, takes nearly four hours to complete. We were very lucky because we saw several whales (at least ten). The tour also offers a beautiful view of the skyline of Boston. We...More

Thank Travelcooking
Reviewed 24 December 2017

We took this tour while docked in Boston on a cruise. Since it was a little late in the season to see many whales in route to warmer waters, we weren't expecting the excellent amazing adventure we had! Our tour boat was a large catamaran...More

1  Thank sls1958
Reviewed 27 November 2017

We took the whale watching cruise. It is about 3-4 hours and you are looking for whales. There is no guarantee of seeing any but if you dont they will give you a rain check that is good forever. I thought that was a great...More

Thank Janet P
Reviewed 15 November 2017 via mobile

This is really an exciting experience. One you will never forget. A professional tour guided by an enthusiast team. Even though it was pretty cold, it was great to real whales on short distance. The tour takes approx 4 hours. We were at the noon...More

Thank GerardV754
Reviewed 14 November 2017

If you are going to go whale watching, go with the New England Aquarium team! We pulled away at noon and had four hours of watching pleasure with the experts watching from top of boat, and directing us where to spot them. Running dialogue the...More

Thank Jay P
Reviewed 12 November 2017

We live on the Gulf of Mexico but had never been to the North Atlantic to see humpback whales so we were excited for the opportunity. Not to expensive, big boat and knowledgeable crew and whales. Takes about an hour to get out far enough...More

Thank Jamie W
Reviewed 9 November 2017 via mobile

It is quite the awe inspiring sight to see whales in the natural habit come up to the surface and reveal their enormous bodies. I would recommend this to anyone. On the day I went, we saw a few humpback whales as well as two...More

Thank Clayton H
Reviewed 9 November 2017 via mobile

Despite a very wet and windy start the sea was quite smooth. We headed out to the Cape Cod area where we saw Humpback including a mum and calf, a Fin and 2 Minke. One emerged really close. Obviously a good pair of binoculars helps...More

Thank Toni551
Reviewed 30 October 2017 via mobile

Mesmerising experience and a must do if in Boston. We saw 9 different humpback whales breaching water and leathback turtles whilst on voyage. Incredible. A two tier deck with cover and seating inside as well as roof deck with your guides to offer information on...More

Thank jake I
Reviewed 29 October 2017

This was a terrific wildlife tour! We saw harbor seals, porpoise and whales. The boat was comfortable and spatious. The naturalist was informative and just as excited as we were to see several humpbacks and a minke whale.

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Krystal R
31 August 2017|
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Response from vman09 | Reviewed this property |
The entire trip took about 4 hours... 1.5 hrs out, hour or so with the whales, and 1.5 hours back. Well worth it..
2 July 2017|
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Response from 411glennr | Reviewed this property |
I agree with cswd2014. Morning or afternoon should be about the same. Take a jacket, because whether it's warm or not in port it's much cooler out on the water.
17 May 2017|
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