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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 - 6:00 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

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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Amazing Views But Beware If Prone to Motion Sickness

My SO and I went on the New England Aquarium Whale Watch on a long weekend trip we took to Boston. The entire voyage is about four hours. When we first boarded, the crew... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Hazlet, New Jersey

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Hazlet, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

My SO and I went on the New England Aquarium Whale Watch on a long weekend trip we took to Boston. The entire voyage is about four hours. When we first boarded, the crew mentioned it was a rough sea day and encouraged people prone to motion sickness to grab some dramamine before we set off. I have been known... More 

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Bracknell, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a trip we wanted to do and wasn't sure whether we could go as it depended on the weather it had been cancelled 5 times before we went and whilst we were there.We managed to get on the trip 1 day before we were leaving Boston and it was fantastic we actually saw hump backed whales including a... More 

Thank Yvonne68
Aventura, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Some things never get old. The whale watching tours out of the New England Aquarium are some of the best...and I've been on several around the world. The guides on the boats are marine biologist and scientists in other fields. They study and photograph the whales and can tell you detailed information about these majestic sea creatures. I have never... More 

Thank DannyA3579
New Delhi, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was a very good experience watching whales in the Atlantic Ocean. It was very cold and windy. But it was well worth the visit. There were big waves on the Canadian side making me fall every time I was standing without support :-).

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015 via mobile

We booked our whale watch cruise through Viator - suggest you print out your voucher even though it says you can show them on your mobile. We had a hell of a time trying to get our tickets... Almost missed our trip. But other than the administration issues, the cruise itself was awesome. The guides on board are very knowledgable... More 

Thank Slavik84
Mysuru (Mysore), India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

We had to wait for an hour to get into the cruise. We went there on a sunny day, yet felt the temperature at around 65. Very windy once you move towards deep sea. Hence, better be prepared and carry sufficient warm clothes specially for the kids. And ensure you hold the kids while you stand outside. You will certainly... More 

Thank sureshhulikunti
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015 via mobile

My teenage son and I headed out on a warm summer day and were quite surprised at how chilly it was on the water. If you go, bring a sweater. There is indoor seating as well as areas on the deck. The day we went, we saw whales constantly. We couldn't even take photos fast enough to catch them all.... More 

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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

Expectedly well organized trip to the middle of Stellwagen Bank Marine Sanctuary in one of the high speed catamarans is an exhilarating experience. The literal highs and lows of the waves in to the sea is as exciting as the sight of those massive humpback whales. As there is an element of luck, it took me 2 trips to be... More 

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Cairo, Egypt
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

This was my second time on a whale watch, but my first time from Boston. And this time, we successfully got to see humpback whales and some dolphins. it was amazing and beautiful. was lucky to experience good weather as well i recommend you visit between May and September for a chance to see any whales

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015

I took the last tour of the season, and thus was prepared to only see a few whales, if none at all. But to my surprise we had a great day, at least 13 separate whales (mostly humpback if I remember) were spotted, a number of them breached, some even swam under the boat and came within feet of us.... More 

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The largest area of the city, Downtown is rich with historical and iconic sites in Boston. Stroll through one of Boston’s most famous green spaces, the Boston Public Gardens, check out and make way for duckling statues, picnic under a beautiful tree overlooking the pond, and walk over the iconic footbridge where, during summer time, you will catch a swan boat toting children and eager tourists through the pond. Have your camera ready to capture its peaceful beauty in the middle of a bustling city. Continue on through the Gardens and take in some open green space at the Boston Common, where you can spend time throwing a frisbee, sitting on a park bench, or, in the winter time, skating on the frog pond. Head north from the end of the Common to see the golden dome of the State House, and travel through government center to Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall, both a historic and popular destination worth a quick visit for a first time to Boston. Head to Long Wharf to visit the Aquarium, or catch a boat to Charlestown or even Cape Cod.