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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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Not a lot of Whales and very far away

My first whale watch and I have to save the boat ride was fine but we saw very little whales and... read more

Reviewed 27 August 2016
Boston, Massachusetts
Great whale watching

What a great family experience! Ship was clean, smooth ride, plenty of room (best to get in line... read more

Reviewed 26 August 2016
Woburn, Massachusetts
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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!
  • Excellent63%
  • Very good22%
  • Average7%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible4%
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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 27 August 2016

My first whale watch and I have to save the boat ride was fine but we saw very little whales and almost none close enough to even get a picture. Most were very short glimpses. My friends have been on whale watches and have said...More

Thank _susannah666
Reviewed 26 August 2016

What a great family experience! Ship was clean, smooth ride, plenty of room (best to get in line early), very pleasant staff. At first thought cost was a bit expensive-but as they say you get what you pay for. We were able to see multitude...More

Thank marciac200
Reviewed 26 August 2016

We took New England Aquarium Whale Watch cruise on 21-July-2016. The cruise departs from Boston near New England Aquarium. Boston is a good place for whale watching cruise. There is a feeding area in the ocean located very close to Boston's shore, which attracts a...More

Thank SuziSh S
Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

This was a fantastic trip had loads of sightings, it's the only way you should see whales in the wild. Take a trip and see for yourself

Thank 1sam825
Reviewed 25 August 2016

This was our first whale watch with our kids, ages 4 and 6. They loved it and so did we. What a fun trip. Now the boat is pretty big, so we didn't see the whales really up close the way we did in Hawaii,...More

Thank msp77
Reviewed 25 August 2016

Did this because I had some time to kill on a work trip and it was cool - got to see quite a few whales spouting through their blow hole, a couple flipping their tails out of the water, and my friend who popped round...More

Thank jennyferjay
Reviewed 25 August 2016

This was a remarkable experience. The tour lasted 3,5 hours and was well organized. The marine biologist provided us with a lot of useful information . We saw a very high number of humpback and minky whales, some of them very very close to us....More

Thank ceciliaParma_Italy
Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

Sunday we took the ten o'clock trip. It takes about 1 1/4 hours out to reach the whales. We saw dozens of spouts and were up close to multiple humpback whales. We saw a mother and calf feeding and three others sailing within 50-100 feet...More

Thank RCS1974
Reviewed 23 August 2016

We had a great tour and where lucky to spoot a couple of whales after a 1 1/2 tour. Great views of the Harbour and the City of Boston. Friendly staff .

Thank wellsgraypark
Reviewed 23 August 2016

Going whale watching with the New England Aquarium team, including a naturalist, is a great experience. We saw lots of whales, including 3 babies. We were able to get close enough to hear the whales spout. The tour is normally 3 hours; however, we were...More

Thank 12Lynnie
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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
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
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!!!!