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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 #51 of 210 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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West Palm Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Our kids were excited about going whale watching from the moment we started making plans to visit Boston. They were not disappointed! We went out on the morning trip, and there was a chill in the air. A light jack is definitely recommended. It is a 30 mile boat ride to reach the marine sanctuary and I was nervous that... More

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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Fantastic time.. Perfect day.. Whales all around. Be sure and eat a little something to prevent motion sickness and bring a sweater just in case ..

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Victor, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

We took the 9:00 am trip and were not disappointed. It was a cool Sunday morning and we would recommend that you bring a light jacket or sweater. It can get a little cool on the water with the wind. The boat was nice and offered ample viewing room. I could see that if fully loaded getting a good spot... More

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Long Island
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

This was the one attraction I was extremely excited about on my trip to Boston. It was a beautiful day until we boarded the boat it started pouring and the girl on the loud speaker said we were traveling away from the storm but really we travelled right into it.. Also there needs to be some sort of supervision or... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

The boat ride itself is a experience....though the boat size is big the speed with which it was going amazed me. The Crew where exactly the whales are and took us to different parts in ocean. The Captain made sure that all people on the boat have a close and proper view of the whales annd was accordingly moving the... More

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Pembroke, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

went out with family - boat rip was lovely although a little choppy - saw whales which was superb - surprised how close we were on occasions - very informative tour - staff were great with those feeling sea sick and knowledgeable about area ' whales habits etc - we all enjoyed trip which lasted nearly 4 hours and cost... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

I have been on whale watching excursions before, and this one was just okay for me. The boat is rather large and crowded, and there are too many bored little kids running around. The staff is okay, but there wasn't a lot of interaction. I prefer seeing whales from a smaller boat, but it was nice that this one goes... More

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Boston, MA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

This is an excellent tour which lasts about 3.5 hours. A marine biologist and an intern from the NE Aquarium discuss different aspects of whale life, e.g. migration, types and amount of food they eat, family life, etc. and were able to identify by name some of the humpbacks that we saw. Additionally during parts of the whale watch, they... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

At first put off by the crowds on the boat but it turned out to be fantastic. We saw Hump backed whales and Minkes one in particular up close and personal even the marine biologist was amazed at how close this Minke came...brilliant...well worth it go and enjoy.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Had a great 3+ hours, staff friendly and knowledgeable, boat was good. Then 3 hump backed whales came into view, I didn't think we would get so close, got a great big ooooh from the boat. Something quite serene and emotional about seeing them in the wild. We also saw a couple of blue sharks. If you go to Boston... More

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