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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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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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An expectedly great attraction!

On a whim, we visited the aquarium and upon seeing the ferry, we decided to do the whale watch. The ride out was beautiful and peaceful as we took in the small islands and city... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 19, 2014
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

On a whim, we visited the aquarium and upon seeing the ferry, we decided to do the whale watch. The ride out was beautiful and peaceful as we took in the small islands and city view from the water. It was windy and cold on the water during the ride so we stayed inside until we reached our destination and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

We've been whale watching before and this was as good as any. Knowledgeable narrator and a safe and speedy journey out and back but the highlight of course was some great views of humpbacks and their calves. Definitely worth a visit if you are in Boston.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

Oh my gosh. What an experience this was! The boat departs right next to the aquarium, you are told from the get-go Wilsor not spotted, you will get a free ticket come back again. We were lucky and saw for Wales, and it was just spectacular. The staff are scientists, too - and they are tracking and following well, and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

We took the whale watching tour as a last minute decision and it was worth every second. It wasn't a pleasant day, but the wife and I were determined to have a good view, so we stood at the front of the boat for the 1.5 hour trip out. We were freezing, but it was worth it when we stopped... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

I have been whale watching in many places and enjoyed all my trips, except for the Boston tour. If you want to see whales in Mass, spend the money and go to Gloucester. It costs $50USD to go from Boston, you spend 1 hour 10 minutes getting out to the whale area, you spend 30 to 40 minutes looking whales... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

I may be jaded as the seas were ROUGH and I was sick for hours, but it was a rough ride. It took us about 2 hours to reach the whales, and we did see them. The boat was clean, fun to be on (for awhile), and it's a great chance to get on the open waters of the Atlantic.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

We enjoyed this event very much! The staff were great and provided all sorts of educational data about whales. The boat is large, with room to accommodate many. It does take about an hour to get where the whales are, but boat is very comfortable. The whales were active and we had several opportunities to watch them hunting, eating, doing... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

I have been on at least 3 or 4 whale watches in the past 10 years and I have always seen many humpback whales. I have gone as early as May and as late as labor day with equal success. I have been lucky and only gone on nice relatively calm days. I do get motion sick so I do... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

Pros: Saw a good amount of whale activity Cons: Quarter of the boat lost their lunch and organs due to puking from just 3 ft seas

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014 via mobile

Just been on our trip to watch whales. It's a long journey across, nearly 1.5 hours, which was a long time whilst the sea was rough, but in our mind it was well worth it. (Some were sea sick and it must have seemed like a long way for those people) We were rewarded with many whales, minky and humpbacks.... More 

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