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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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Lots of Humpbacks!!

My rating is probably skewed by the fact we saw 15 Humpback whales, several Minke whales and several dolphins on our trip. Be prepared to allow 4 hours for this tour. We left... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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Leamington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Our boat spent an hour watching a humpback whale breach, flipper slap & dive. It was magical. Very close up and expertly commented on by the boat's naturalist. Boat had wheelchairs, elderly folk & toddlers. Everyone was transfixed. Take a hat - it's hot in the queue to get which lasts 25mins - only a minor negative on a superb... More 

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Hannover, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

The New Aquarium Whale Watching Tour is a really great experience for everyone who is visiting this wonderful city! It was an absolutly impressive trip. You have to pay round about 50$ to join it, but it's worth it and i would really recommend it! :)

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Columbus, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

My rating is probably skewed by the fact we saw 15 Humpback whales, several Minke whales and several dolphins on our trip. Be prepared to allow 4 hours for this tour. We left the dock about 1/2 hour past our stated time. It took 1.5 hours to get to the area where the whales were. The boat traveled at fast... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Weather was great. Take a light jacket though just in case. Some snacks and water too. it is quite a long trip out to the Cape from Boston. Try to get in line early to ensure a good spot on the boat for sightings. I chose starboard aft( back right side as you look forward). Take a camera and make... More 

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KC MO
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

The trip lasted about 4 hours, from loading to departure. The trip out was exciting and the weather was beautiful. When we got to Stellwhagen feeding area, there was multiple Moms with calves, there was Humpbacks, Minky, and Finners. They were all feeding , got some great shots of open mouth feeding and tale slapping. Would recommend to everybody. As... More 

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Despite the gloomy weather we decided to brave it and booked a 10 AM trip on the New England Aquarium Whale Watch. This was a fast catamaran that was scheduled to do a 4-hour trip. We headed towards Stellwagen bank and spotted 3 Adults and 2 Calves. While the Adults took deep dives in search of food the calves played... More 

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Chorley, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

This is our second time out with BHC. The first time a was around 5 years ago (quieter and much much better). Understandably the costs have gone up slightly (that's fine) but this time the boat was simply too 'full'. It seems BHC may have just got a little to greedy! In summary you travel out into the Atlantic for... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 183 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

I just loved this whale watch expedition! It was my first time and I was lucky enough to see a whale jumping out of the water like in documentaries (it seems it's a bit rare as it is a kind of celebrations), plenty of whales (isolated ones and 2 groups of whales). They came so close to the boat that... More 

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Coventry, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

We had a good time on this outing. It was about 3 1/2 hrs with a six yr old and an 18 yr old along. They were both engaged and interested most of the time. It took about an hour and a half to get out to where we encountered the whales (Humpbacks); they were magnificent, although we did not... More 

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Barcelona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

We had the most exciting and beautiful experience at the 3 hours New England Aquarium Whale Watch. We saw more than 20 humpback whales, we were literally surrounded by whales in any direction you could look at from the deck of the high speed catamaran. Do not miss this whale watching trip while in Boston.

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