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New England Aquarium Whale Watch

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New England Aquarium, Central Wharf, Boston, MA 02110
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We saw whales and four pods of dolphins

They guarantee you see whales and you do. We used the go Boston card and were able to sign up a few... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
BlueSki3s
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Detroit, Michigan
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Lots of whales, very informative

The trip takes around 3 hours, though sometimes longer depending on where the whales are. The first... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Xe96
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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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“humpback whales” (99 reviews)
“stellwagen bank” (38 reviews)
“sea sickness” (54 reviews)
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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New England Aquarium, Central Wharf, Boston, MA 02110
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

They guarantee you see whales and you do. We used the go Boston card and were able to sign up a few days in advance. The tour guides were helpful and knowledgeable. One tour guide said my 5 year old was the first person to...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The trip takes around 3 hours, though sometimes longer depending on where the whales are. The first hour is just getting out into the ocean and to the feeding/breeding ground. Then you are directed to where the whales are using a clock face (i.e. "at...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very nice aquarium with knowledgeable staff. Lots of interactive sections - sharks& stingrays tanks and crustacean tank. Lots of talks by aquarium staff through the day.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very easy to find. Get off at the Aquarium stop on the T and on the side of the Aquarium, in front of the water, you will see the sign for Boston Harbor Cruises ticket sales and the Whale Watching tour sign, where you line...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I took the tour on 29 March. No whales were spotted, which is not their fault, but instead of giving us a partial refund, they gave a rain check. I work in Korea and a rain check will not help. Should have offered at least...More

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Reviewed 7 March 2018

This was my first experience to see whales in the nature, and I enjoyed it. Overall the experience was average for the following reason: Boat was too crowded and hundreds of people were running from one side to another to try to see whales from...More

3  Thank Abraham B
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Reviewed 15 January 2018

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

2  Thank Travelcooking
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Reviewed 25 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

3  Thank sls1958
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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

2  Thank Janet P
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Reviewed 16 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

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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..
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Lindalu1000
3 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.
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Mandrews905
18 May 2017|
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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
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