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Address: New England Aquarium, Central Wharf, Boston, MA 02110
Phone Number: 617 973 5281
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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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The trip out to see the whales took sometime. However the views leaving Boston are stunning. The staff gave a commentary of sights along the way. They met with customers... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 11, 2014
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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

During my three day stay in Boston, I decided to have a go at whale watching. I had seen an advert on the harbour kiosk for New England Aquarium Whale Watching with Boston Harbour Cruises whilst on my way to eat lunch near the harbour, so I booked a 3pm slot. After lunch, I made my way to the slip... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

From the Penguins to the sea lions to the towering cylindrical aquarium, this place is informative and fun for all! The staff was very personable and knowledgeable, and the gift shop has something for everyone! You an become a Friend of the Aquarium and even adopt one of its featured inhabitants! A must see, must do event for both tourists... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

I went on this because some out of town relatives were visiting and we wanted to do something special. Wow was it awesome. We saw lost of whales (I guess we were pretty lucky) and the staff was very nice. I love the Aquarium so am happy to support it by taking this whale watch vs one of the other... More 

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St. Catharines, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

What a trip out to visit the whales! It was about an hour to get out to the area that the whales feed. unfortunately ,our pictures do not do justice to the experience. It was really good to be at the top of the boat so we could move around and see the whales as they surfaced on either side... More 

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Lytham St Anne's, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Fantastic experience. We were lucky enough to see 4 whales, they came up to and under the boat. It was an amazing sight. The staff were very knowledgeable and knew all the whales and had names for them. Our children felt sea sick as did a few others and the staff couldn't do enough to help them, they even sat... More 

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Sept Iles, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

A beautiful aquarium with a wonderful middle tank were there is a lot of fish, turtles, corals and everything to make you think that you are in the south somewhere !

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

After a 2nd attempt we had a fantastic 4 hours whale and Dolphin watching. Our first attempt was a day of fog watching but as the company guarantee you will see whales we were give a "rain check" we returned the following day and were so luck to start be seeing 10 common Dolphins and the we spotted a whale... More 

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Centerville, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

We have been visiting Boston for 45 years. The Marriott Custom's House is yards away from the Aquarium and the I-Max; so of course we take the time to visit. Clue: visit not the Aquarium or I-Max on the weekend. We are Aquarium fans and we visit all Aquariums -- This is one of the best! Tis a grand week... More 

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Forsyth, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014 via mobile

I was fortunate to take this whale watch tour today, on the very last day of the season. It turned out to be one of the most amazing experiences I've ever had. The boat was comfortable and adequately stocked with snacks and drinks to keep guests occupied during the cruise, but many people brought their own food and snacks as... More 

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Hereford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014 via mobile

The trip out to see the whales took sometime. However the views leaving Boston are stunning. The staff gave a commentary of sights along the way. They met with customers & answered any queries. We saw fin & humpback whales, and many birds. Minke whale were also seen. It is thrilling to spot whales.

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