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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 live in Costa Rica and have seen whales out in the ocean before, but nothing compared to this!!!!! The boat has three floors and covered and open areas; they sell warm and cold... read more

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Province of San Jose, Costa Rica
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Province of San Jose, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We live in Costa Rica and have seen whales out in the ocean before, but nothing compared to this!!!!! The boat has three floors and covered and open areas; they sell warm and cold beverages and light snacks. It is a four hour trip. What is amazing is the number and variety of species we saw!!!! Humpback, milk, fin 🐳,... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Everyone should do this, pick a weekday and not a school vacation week. I picked patriots day which was not overcrowded. Seas were not rough and weather was perfect around 68, but it was real cold and windy on way out and back. I wore layers and a hoodie. Staff was knowledgeable and helpful.

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Sunbury-on-Thames, null, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went on this trip hoping to see whales and were not dissapointed. We got very close to Humpback and Minky Whales and were able to watch them in action for well over an hour. We also had the pleasure of seeing dolphins and a very cheeky seal! The staff on board provided narration of what we could see and... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We boarded the ship easily and traveled out to sea. A guide mentioned some of the history as we exited the harbor. Then, whales appeared everywhere! The guide was great as she pointed out the various whales as the captain turned the boat so everyone could see. We saw a few Humpback whales, breaching and diving! Also, more dolphins than... More 

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Poughkeepsie, New York
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

So first off, this boat was way overcrowded. Everytime there was a sighting, tall people jumped right in front of my short self and child. There was not enough room for everyone to see. Second, the waters were far too choppy. People were vomiting everywhere. My boyfriend never believed that people turned green when they were sick. Now he knows.... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What an amazing trip. We have seen 3 types of whale, dolphins & a seal. Oh my! The guide was super, trip was wonderful. Could not believe our luck. The respect shown by the crew for these fabulous creatures was impressive too. Trip of a lifetime.

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I take a whale trip every few months in places like Iceland, Scotland, East coast America...etc and this was the best trip I've been on just because of the captain and guides. The naturalist Danielle was great and talked for the whole 4 hours so learnt a lot. The other guides were checking on everyone as it was a rough... More 

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Hamilton, Canada
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It was a gloomy rainy day and we decided to give the whale watching trip a try since we were already down by the harbour. The morning trip spotted one whale. Well, to our amazement there were so many it was hard to see them all! Boat serves food and beverages. The captain and her staff were awesome. Interns were... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

This was a great tour! It was easy to get to with public transportation or just walking from where you are staying in the city. There was a great food truck parked nearby to grab a bite to eat before boarding. The boat was comfortable with ample room for everyone to walk around and get great views of the humpback... More 

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Fort Worth, Texas
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Reviewed 21 February 2017

The New England Aquarium Whale watch Cruise takes you out into Massachusetts Bay, the Jefferies Bank area on a high speed catamaran. There are many different whale species that live in, hunt, or transit Massachusetts Bay and Cape Cod Bay, as well as all along the beautiful New England coast north of Cape Cod. We saw minke whales and sperm... More 

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