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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 #60 of 209 attractions in Boston
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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Davidson, North Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW via mobile

I have long wanted to go whale watching and took advantage of a business trip to Boston to spend a Sunday afternoon on the water. The trip did not disappoint. Before we reached our destination we saw two finback whales. When we arrived at the feeding area, we spent an hour following three humpback whales. The aquarium guides were very... More

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Belfast
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

Ok, it's called a Whale watch but a couple of years ago we went from Gloucester two days in a row and didn't see much. This time we saw a mother and calf plus a couple of others. The trip cost about $50 each and took just over three hours. I was brave and wore a t-shirt but to be... More

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Council Bluffs, Iowa
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

The only reason I gave this a poor rating is because we didn't see any whales due to very thick fog. We were out on the water for almost 4 hours and didn't could see anything through the fog once we got out to where the whales usually are. We were given vouchers to return since we didn't see any... More

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USVI
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

We went on July 6. Saw several humpback whales, much close than I've ever seen them in the Caribbean (where I live). What was disappointing was the PA system. We only heard at best 25% of the on-board naturalist's commentary which was disappointing. It was also difficult at times to see the whales as everyone on board crowds to the... More

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Bangalore, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

This was my first Whale watching trip & what a good one. We saw several humpback whales, more than I expected. You can buy snacks & drinks on board too & you might need a coffee to warm up. It can be cold on the boat even when it's 30 degrees in the city so take a jacket.

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

A 3 hour slot which often over-runs (ours took 3:40) takes you about 25 miles out of Boston Harbour. Cost is reasonable (around $20) and you sail on a powerful catermaran that pootles out of the harbour and once beyond the haven, hits the gas and goes fast - very fast. Your destination is a popular feeding area for Humpback... More

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Spring City, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

You never know what you'll see on this whale watch trip, but if you are lucky, like we were, you'll get to see several humpback and finback whales. We even saw a humpback calf breach (jump out of the water and splash back down), which the guide told us was very rare to see. It's a blessing to get to... More

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NJ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

We took this whale watch trip about 10 years ago. We saw lots of whales and took several nice pictures, so I was anxious to go again. Not much changed - still a nice large boat with an upper and lower deck, room to walk around, and a snack bar. There is a railing all around the boat and places... More

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Cowes, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

We had a fantastic trip, speeding out to where the whales are on a modern fast boat with good amenities and then spending a good hour looking at and hearing about the whale that we found, Mogul. Knowledgeable and helpful staff. Thoroughly recommended and will always be remembered.

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Syracuse, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

The NE Aquarium Whale Watch was a great way to see Boston's Harbor and get onto the water. With temps in the 90's, it was at least 20 degrees cooler out on the open water. We learned a great deal about whales and sharks and because of the marine fog, we didn't see a whale so we got tickets for... More

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