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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 - 17:00
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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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Beautiful weather for time of year, knowledgeable guide. Calm sea. Still slightly bumpy because a catamaran, but nothing beats seeing those stunning animals in their natural... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful weather for time of year, knowledgeable guide. Calm sea. Still slightly bumpy because a catamaran, but nothing beats seeing those stunning animals in their natural habitat.

Thank JerseyCowBrum
Whiting, Indiana
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If they tell you that waves are 1 - 3 feet don't even bother boarding that boat. My dream was to go see the whales but the weather was getting a bit crazy. We already had tix and I bought dramamine so I figured I'd be fine (which I was to some degree). Before we even left the harbor the... More 

Thank TheJunkyard
Twickenham, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went out hopeful to see whales and apparently there were some out there as people claimed to have seen blowholes in the distance. The day was very rough and our trip was cut short and we had to try to get back asap. The boat experienced very rough conditions which saw a lot of people being sick and scared.... More 

Thank Leo D
Charlottesville, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I have been on many whale watching trips, on both coasts, but this has to be the most spectacular and scenic. Conveniently located at the Boston Long Wharf, the New England Aquarium offers the best whale watching you can imagine with professional naturalists and large boats designed to make observing whales an absolute joy.After reaching the marine sanctuary One beautiful... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was a gorgeous day and all the whales were out in full force putting on a show! I think we saw at least 15 whales in total!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

Me and my Boyfriend love whales and when I saw that you can do that in Boston I was so thrilled. I drove about an hour and then we saw 2 Humpback Whales and followed them a while. On even jumped but I missed it :-( .The Lady on Board told us a little about the Whales. On the way... More 

Thank Blackhart
Conroe, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

We went in early October and it seemed as though the guide couldn't even believe how many whales we happened to see. We heard that they had to cancel the day before our trip (possibly the day before that too), so we had quite a few on board. My mom and I both have problems with motion sickness, so as... More 

Thank Lisa L
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

I really did not expect to see so many whales. Plus a pair of real show off whales too boot. Be prepared for the one hour boat ride out to the location. And if the weather is a little cold, it will be much colder out to sea so wear layers. The host from the Aquarium was very knowledgeable and... More 

1 Thank javk6
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

I've seen humpbacks from the shore in Hermanus in South Africa and I thought that was amazing. Well - it was nothing compared to this! It takes about an hour to get to the feeding grounds, but once there it was impossible to look everywhere and see every whale. Unfortunately I was at the stern of the boat and missed... More 

1 Thank Beth L
Boston, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

I consider this to be small aquarium, very clean, has an IMAX right next door. The Aquarium is basically a spiral around a huge tank in the middle. The bottom starts with Penguins and so on, the top is pretty cool as you can see the top of the live coral and sometime see a shark swimming at the top.... More 

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The largest area of the city, Downtown is rich with historical and iconic sites in Boston. Stroll through one of Boston’s most famous green spaces, the Boston Public Gardens, check out and make way for duckling statues, picnic under a beautiful tree overlooking the pond, and walk over the iconic footbridge where, during summer time, you will catch a swan boat toting children and eager tourists through the pond. Have your camera ready to capture its peaceful beauty in the middle of a bustling city. Continue on through the Gardens and take in some open green space at the Boston Common, where you can spend time throwing a frisbee, sitting on a park bench, or, in the winter time, skating on the frog pond. Head north from the end of the Common to see the golden dome of the State House, and travel through government center to Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall, both a historic and popular destination worth a quick visit for a first time to Boston. Head to Long Wharf to visit the Aquarium, or catch a boat to Charlestown or even Cape Cod.
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