Humpback Whales Flocking to Stellwagen Bank in Massachusetts

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It’s the start of Memorial Day weekend in Massachusetts, which means its time for hot dogs, hamburgers, pork sausages, barbecued chicken and humpback whales? Just in time for the start of summer, the humpbacks that frequent the waters of the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary on an annual basis have been showing up in large numbers and delighting whale-watchers for a large portion of the last month. If you want to head to Stellwagen and get a look at them yourself, consider looking into Boston Travel Deals to get yourself to town and then pick up a Go Boston Card Attractions Pass to gain admittance to some of the top tourist spots in town for one low price. Whale-watching cruises generally spot a couple of humpbacks (if they are lucky), but the waters off of Stellwagen … [Read more...]

Boston Dragon Boat Festival

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You don’t have to go to Hong Kong to get a glimpse into the allure of Asia. Held on June 8th and June 9th, the 34th Annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival returns to deliver a majestic, cultural display at the Charles River in Boston! Witness 54 teams from around the world compete for coveted medals and honors. Over 20,000 participants and spectators turn out to witness this 3,000 year old Chinese tradition. The Festival premiered in 1979, and has since grown from a small neighborhood event into a highly-anticipated Boston attraction. Best of all – it’s free! Build lasting memories with your travel companions and experience this unique cultural tradition! Teams compete over a 500-meter course in colorful, 39-foot Hong Kong style dragon boats. Time trials begin at 7:00am on June … [Read more...]

Have a Whale of Weekend at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium

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This February 18th and 19th, come celebrate the annual migration of the Pacific gray whale with a wide variety of whale-related activities at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium. This event celebrates the annual migration - the longest migration, in fact, of any species - of the Pacific gray whale, which travels 10,000 to 14,000 miles round trip all the way from the arctic seas to the warm waters of California and Mexico. At this time of year, whales can be seen from the west end observation deck of the Santa Moncia Pier. Here's a quick look at ho w you can celebrate with the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium: *   Get to know the whales - personally: You'll get the chance to feel the heft of a whale rib, run your fingers over some bristly baleen, and try on some whale blubber for warm - but … [Read more...]

Maui Whale Watching

Every year from approximately December 15th to May 15th, Maui's waters see an influx of humpback wales. An estimated 1,500 to 2,000 of these giant marine mammals congregate around Maui during this time making for some amazing whale watching. It is possible to see whales from shore -- particularly if you have an elevated vantage point. People often see 40-foot long Humpbacks from their cars while driving Maui's coastal roads -- with the unfortunate side effect of sudden braking by an excited whale spotter leading to a fender bender with another car! The Prince Kuhio Wale Watch is a great way to get a little closer to these majestic creatures without putting your auto insurance to the test. The two-hour cruise is included as part of a Go Maui Card and each trip is accompanied by a … [Read more...]

New England Aquarium

No trip to Boston is complete without a visit to the New England Aquarium.  This past Summer I took some time out to pay the aquarium a visit.  It has been much too long since my last visit, so I was really excited to relive some of my childhood memories. The first thing that comes to mind when speaking about the aquarium is the outdoor harbor seal exhibit.  This exhibit is open all year round regardless of the weather and is always a welcoming site for aquarium visitors. Once inside the floor level exhibit of penguins is still as exciting as it was when I was 10.  I’m amazed how quickly these birds move through the water.  The friendly games of chase amongst the penguins can keep me entertained for hours. As you move through the aquarium each exhibit brings back great … [Read more...]