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New England Aquarium Whale Watch

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Address: New England Aquarium, Central Wharf, Boston, MA 02110
Phone Number: 617 973 5281
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes
Description: 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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Although trip was disappointing, some highlights

I would highly suggest making reservations, and double checking your tickets when you get them. They accidentally changed our sailing time when we picked up our tickets, without... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
Cindy M
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Chicago, Illinois

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

I would highly suggest making reservations, and double checking your tickets when you get them. They accidentally changed our sailing time when we picked up our tickets, without our approval, and we were almost denied our afternoon trip. Thankfully, they were able to accommodate us. Our cruise was nice, no real issues, but we unfortunately didn't see any humpback whales,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

3-4 hour tour on jet powered Cat. Saw more whales that we ever have on other trips. Very close for good pictures Naturalist on board for good info. Bought combo ticket with Aquarium which was also good.

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

I love the work the New England Aquarium does, and the staff members were personable and knowledgeable, but this was not a great whale watch, and I think I will stick to smaller outfits from now on. The boat before us was late returning, but what was worse was that we had to wait even longer because they blocked the... More 

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Orange, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

We have two groups of two humpback whales. One was a mom and calf. The other two larger adult whale. We move closer to Cape Cod and watched two large fin back whale. They were moving very fast. This a good trip. Bring a jacket it is windy.

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

This excursion with the New England Aquarium Whale Watch was the best whale watch I have been on. I have seen whales in Maine, California and Hawaii but this was my best experience. A good experience starts with a good boat. This boat could hold 266 persons and we only had about 100 or so it seemed. I didn't actually... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 NEW

We had a great experience, but it easily could have felt like a waste of time and money. After an hour trip to the feeding grounds, we found a mother humpback and her calf. To everyone's excitement, the calf began splashing around, flopping with its tail and on its side. The naturalist called it "surface activity". It was fun to... More 

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Bedford, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 NEW

Jet powered catamaran takes you out to the feeding grounds for the whales. Seeing the shales is an amazing experience. On board naturalists share information about whales.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 NEW

They claim to have a god hit rate at finding whales and I couldn't disagree. I did this trip last time I was in Boston (about three years ago in the fall) and saw whales on both occasions. This time was a humpback which was about for ages, two Minke whales and a basking shark. Not too sure how often... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 NEW

We had perfect conditions on the 10am boat, not to crowded and a flat sea, with blue skies, thus the perfect day. About an hour out at sea to the conservation area, then its pot luck....our luck was in with a number of whales seen both close to the boat and at a distance, large and mother and baby whales.... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015 NEW

This was 1 of the Top 3 things we did while in Boston per our group consensus. It takes all of 4 hours but you do not come back disappointed. We found whales and followed them. Great photos and this was just a great experience. They do have a bar inside which is nice but it is cash only for... More 

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Address: Address: New England Aquarium, Central Wharf, Boston, MA 02110
Phone Number: 617 973 5281
Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston>  > North End
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

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