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Capt Bill & Sons Whale Watch

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Capt. Bill & Sons Whale Watch is a small, family-owned and operated, whale watch company out of Gloucester MA. We take pride in giving the best whale watch tours North of Boston. Join us at Capt. Bills for a 4 hour whale watch trip you will never...more
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24 Harbor Loop, Gloucester, MA 01930-5004
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Reviewed October 30, 2018 via mobile

My adult son and I participated in a whale watch in September, based on the recommendation of a relative who used to live in Boston. This was probably the most incredible thing I have EVER seen in my life. We saw common dolphins (which are...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed October 4, 2018 via mobile

Excellent ship. Lots of whales and other sea life seen. Everyone on ship was awesome. Very knowledgeable. Even the whales are known by names.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 23, 2018 via mobile

I’ll admit it: We used Capt. Bill and Sons for a last-minute whale watch because the other companies were booked. Next time: We’ll only book a tour with Capt. Bill and Sons. The entire staff - from the front office to the crew on the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 3, 2018 via mobile

Labor Day September 3,2018 I bought a Groupon for $30 instead of the usual $48 tour. It was worth every penny even without the Groupon. I boarded the 9:00 am tour and we left promptly at 9. The ocean was just slightly wavy, not quite...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 1, 2018

We saw lot of humpback wales and dolphins.... It was a very good experience and my both kids enjoyed a lot

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed August 30, 2018

Being a Gloucester resident I have gone on many whale watch tours, almost every time I have out of town visitors in the summer or whenever I want to escape a heat wave. For some reason I have never gone out with Captain Bill's. That...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 19, 2018

Our son had never been on a whale watch and we booked with Capt Bill well in advance. We were so excited and even spent time researching whales that we may have encountered. WELL, our son came down with a very high fever the day...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 12, 2018 via mobile

We saw tons of wildlife this weekend!! Total of 7 humpback whales (some were very close to our boat), two Fin Whales in the distance, two harbor seals and several Atlantic white-sided dolphins. The best part was being able to watch a rare behavior called...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed July 16, 2018 via mobile

It wasn’t a great day for a whale watch, very foggy, but we managed to see 3 humpback whales and watch them play, and then nap for a while. I was worried we wouldn’t see anything due to the fog but they managed to find...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed July 9, 2018 via mobile

Staff was great. We saw humpbacks, finbacks n minkes. The kids talked with staff and asked questions. All young docents were kind and attentive. We had 3 kinds ranging in age from two and half to 7. Each kid had a blast. When tired we...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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October 14, 2017|
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Response from txblanc | Reviewed this property |
It seems that smokers were allowed at the back on the lower deck onlu...
July 26, 2017|
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Response from RParks2013 | Reviewed this property |
As I recall it was about 5 hours. It's quite a jaunt getting there and getting back.
February 19, 2017|
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Response from Milford_PaMooseman | Reviewed this property |
Normally whale watching tours end around Columbus Day and begin again in the spring.