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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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A great trip if a little cold. I wish I had taken a fleece. The whole experience was great and... read more

Reviewed yesterday
jancarter49jc
Worth the price and the boat ride.

Amazing to see these whales up close in the wild. After about an hour trip from downtown you will... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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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!
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  • Very good21%
  • Average7%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible4%
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“stellwagen bank” (39 reviews)
“sea sickness” (54 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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New England Aquarium, Central Wharf, Boston, MA 02110
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Reviewed yesterday

A great trip if a little cold. I wish I had taken a fleece. The whole experience was great and although we did not spot many whales we did see some fins. The crew looked after everybody and the naturalists were very knowledgeable and wanted...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Amazing to see these whales up close in the wild. After about an hour trip from downtown you will arrive in an area that is frequented by a few species of whales. When we went out we only saw humpback whales but we did see...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

This was a great experience for our whole family. It was 85 degrees, but once we got going, it was nice and cool. It takes about 1 -1 1/2 hours to get out to the whale sanctuary, so we brought along cards, games and lunch...More

Thank marshaka23
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was the most amazing experience... the trip, the guide, the whales, the commentary, and the ship/boat were all stellar and absolutely fabulous. Big shoutout to the “whale specialist” whose passion and excitement made the trip well worth it. A not to miss experience while...More

Thank Michael M
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I took a whale watching cruise in Alaska a couple years ago, and signed up for this because that had been so enjoyable. Our son, who joined us from Denver, had never seen whales so we were hoping he'd at least see...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We took the Boston Harbour Cruise whale watching trip at 12 noon on Tuesday 29th May and it was an amazing experience. Half of our party did suffer with the 'ocean motion' so you may want to consider travel sickness medication. But when we finally...More

2  Thank andrew b
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was so looking forward to this trip I planned for a Memorial Day weekend trip to Boston - my first time there! TripAdvisor sold me tickets to a 0900 Whale Watching tour in Boston Harbour. We arrived Saturday at 0830 as the voucher instructed...More

1  Thank Melissa D
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Hands down, best cruise I have ever been on. We saw a bunch of whales and dolphins. There were 5 in one group alone. Very informative crew and captain. The boat itself it a big catamaran. 3 levels, tables and chairs below, full bar, snacks,...More

2  Thank geminijack14
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I went on this trip with my husband, 8 year old son, and 85 year old grandmother. We went on 5/11, and the weather was a little chilly out on the water, but sunny. The ride was a little rocky, and my son was feeling...More

Thank Jessica S
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Reviewed 4 May 2018 via mobile

Was reading about these cruises on TripAdvisor but it wasn’t on the top of my list. Thought it might be cold and we might not see anything. Weather changed and it became +28C recently so could not really blame cold as an excuse not to...More

Thank irina j
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Robyn H
11 June 2018|
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Response from Xe96 | Reviewed this property |
You get on the boat at the address listed on their website.
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txgbfan
18 May 2018|
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Response from Xe96 | Reviewed this property |
Yes - there is a ramp down to the boat and it is level from the pontoon onto the boat.
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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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