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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
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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Plenty of Whales

We took a noon whale watching tour. The boat was very comfortable and very crowded. The crew was quite friendly and helpful. When we arrived at the whale viewing site, we saw... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
The Woodlands, Texas

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The Woodlands, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We took a noon whale watching tour. The boat was very comfortable and very crowded. The crew was quite friendly and helpful. When we arrived at the whale viewing site, we saw many whales. Some were in feeding groups and some were by themselves. We saw a couple of whale calves too. The tour was very interesting with a commentary... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The visit worth every penny. The aquarium visit takes about 2 hours. Many interesting fishes. The electric eel by itself cannot be easily found in aquarium around the Globe, but here you can see it. 2 anacondas, sea turtles and many other species are presented.

Thank Boris S
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Had a great time on the whale watch. I had read some of the other recent reviews about the rough ride and people getting sick, but didn't think much of it since I don't typically get sea/motion sickness. But...watching all those people get sick....ugh... At any rate, the ride was rough and lots of people got sick. We did see... More 

Thank Natasha F
Guildford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Fantastic trip would advise no fried breakfasts for the people who suffer sea sickness as the swell can be a bit off putting although out of 200 people on board only a handful felt ill. The narration and whale spotting was great we had over 1 hour watching whales Mother and baby Hump Back surfacing feeding and diving other whales... More 

Thank Newthebeaut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

It was a beautiful fall day to whale watch. The first of many humpbacks, surfaced right by the boat! It will be forever etched on my memory. Even though it was in October,we saw about 17-18 humpbacks! Incredible! The naturalists were even excited. There was a young calf that gave us a show too at the end of the trip.... More 

Thank Nancy F
New Orleans, Louisiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This excursion was a highlight of our trip to Boston. Departing Boston Harbor offers a panorama of photo opportunities. The experience includes a narrated tour as the boat departs the harbor which includes a broad range of information about Boston and the port. I recommend novices plan ahead for motion sickness. Arrive on board hydrated having had a sensible meal... More 

Thank kensmith40
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We had a fabulous day on the Aurora ferry, watching humpback whales breach, feed and play. We saw a mother and her calf as well as about 15 other whales. This was better than I even imagined. But to agree with another reviewer, do be prepared for sea sickness OR do exactly what the coordinator instructs you do to for... More 

Thank Juanita H
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This was a fantastic experience, a trip not to be missed. Once you arrive at the viewing area, there were great opportunities to view whales, several humpbacks, including young whales, in our case. It takes about an hour to get to the viewing area, you spend about 45-60 mins viewing and then about an hour travelling back to Boston. The... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a great trip! It's over an hour each way out on the boat (which could get iffy if you get motion sickness), but once out there, we say 5-6 whales that kept diving and coming back up. no jumps, but some great tails, and once a side flipper! Closer than any other whale watch I've ever done. You... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were not at all disappointed by our trip. Its a good 90minutes run in the fast boat to the whale feeding grounds and at first we only saw a single Minke whale about 100 meters from the boat. Then we were in luck - a mother humpback and calf were feeding and remained within a few yards of the... More 

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