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Best whale watching outing for small child

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Best whale watching outing for small child

We're tempted to do a whale watch trip, but what company is best for a small child? I'm thinking that 3 hours might be a little long, and that a larger boat would have less chance of seasickness. Thanks!

Green Valley...
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1. Re: Best whale watching outing for small child

How do you define a "small child"? Oh, from another post, a 3 yo.

I agree, a larger boat would be more stable. You certainly don't want a Zodiac style. And the larger boat means more room to walk around.

San Juan Island...
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2. Re: Best whale watching outing for small child

If you prefer a larger boat, the largest boat that does whale watch trips out here on SJ is named the Odyssey and as they are a much larger boat than the other local boats (80 passengers max) their emphasis is not as much on speed and they do wildlife viewing such as close looks at seals, porpoises and bald eagles as well as see orca whales if they are in the area of San Juan island. They have sitting areas both fore and aft and both inside and out as well as top side outdoors. When I was on this boat earlier this year I saw many children of all ages. You can find out more about that company at: www.watchwhales.com/_about_our_vessel.html

Edited: 29 August 2013, 01:30
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3. Re: Best whale watching outing for small child

This sounds wonderful! Thanks for posting the tip.

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4. Re: Best whale watching outing for small child

Only you know your child, their attention span and interest. In general, three hours on a boat is a long time, I would not recommend it for most three years olds.

A far better activity for that age is a trip to the Seattle Aquarium or exploring a beach and tidepools.

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