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New England Aquarium Whale Watch

New England Aquarium, Central Wharf, Boston, MA 02110 (North End)
617 973 5281
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Ranked #74 of 206 attractions in Boston
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Tours
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Boston's best whale watch! Experience whales as only the New England Aquarium can present them! Our experienced marine biologists tell you all about... more » Owner description: 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! « less
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Newton, Massachusetts
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51 reviews 51 reviews
17 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

We had a fabulous time! There were ten of us, including four kids (4, 7, 9 and 13) and everybody loved it. We saw humpback and minke whales, and it really was thrilling. Part of the magic was that it had been over 90° in Boston, but it was downright chilly onboard, which felt fantastic. There are beverages and snacks... More

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Bourbonnais, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

My husband and I went in November... it was FREEZING! I would recommend going in a warmer season for sure. November is at the very end of whale season. Because we only saw one whale, we were given a voucher for a free whale watch next time we're in Boston.

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Richmond, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

We joined this wonderful whale-watching trip from the dock beside the new England Aquarium. As a whale-watch operator on the Canadian West coast, I was interested in the experience of an large boat East Coast Whale Watching trip. From our arrival until our departure, we found the boat, crew and experience top notch! The 2 naturalists were not only informative,... More

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Plymouth, Massachusetts
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131 reviews 131 reviews
25 attraction reviews
322 helpful votes 322 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2013

This was on my wife's bucket list for a long time and I was going just for her. The boat was clean and the crew competent. The narrative was interesting. I was just sort of biding time, drinking coffee and fiddling around on my iPhone when the guide shouted "There are two humpbacks on the starboard side!" I was hooked... More

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mumbai
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

A excellent 4hr cruise in the Massachusetts Bay is a exhilarating experience. Scenic views of Boston Harbour, gulls and swans, lighthouses and bobbing buoys make for a pleasant viewing panorama. Sadly the day we headed out to Gloucester the whales were shy and stayed away. The crew tried to go to Stellwagen bank to look for whales but were disappointed... More

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DuQuoin, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

Breathtaking scenery on the way out! The tour guide was very knowledgeable; she came around to talk to each and every one of us on the way back to port. We saw several whales and got lots of great pictures. My sister even got a great video of 3 whales traveling together. Absolutely loved my experience; and the next time... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

The catamaran ride was very fast our to Stellwagon Bank Marine Sanctuary. There was nothing to observe once we left the Boston shoreline behind as the catamaran was going so fast. It took at least an hour to get to the Stellwagon Sanctuary and we did follow 2 humpback whale here, Echo and Nile. We saw them dive 4 different... More

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Macungie, Pennsylvania, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

I am sure the reviews correlate to how many whales you see. We saw so many I was sure they were mechanical. The boat is a bit crowded and could have more seating but the main attraction is outside. Paired with entry to the aquarium it is a reasonable value compared to other boat rides. It was a cold and... More

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Stanley, Falkland Islands
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4 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013 via mobile

Having previously watched sperm whales in New Zealand and been underwhelmed we didn't get our hopes up too much for this trip, but we were pleasantly surprised. The boat was well equipped with restrooms and snack bar, and seats were comfortable. Had a good blast out for an hour or so before getting into whale territory during which time the... More

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Asheville, NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

This was a great whale watching tour. It was 4 hours and the staff was very entertaining and did lots of educational pieces. We saw a gigantic fin whale and two humpback whales as well as some dolphins. There are restrooms and snacks available. There is sheltered indoor seating as well as lots of space on 3 levels outside for... More

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