New England Aquarium Whale Watch presented by Boston Harbor Cruises
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New England Aquarium Whale Watch presented by Boston Harbor Cruises

A $49.35 value, a bonus option on the Go Boston Card

NEW! Bonus Choice on 3, 5 and 7-day cards.

Want to see the really big animals? The New England Aquarium partners with Boston Harbor Cruises to give visitors front row seats to view the ocean's most fascinating and magnificent animals. New England Aquarium Whale Watches conveniently leave from Central Wharf.

The destination is Stellwagen Bank Marine Sanctuary, a rich feeding ground for whales, dolphins, sea birds, and other marine life. Learn all about these fascinating marine mammals from onboard naturalists trained by Aquarium experts. Creatures you might see are: humpback whales, finback whales, minke whales, white sided dolphins, and more.

Boston Harbor Cruises’ catamarans feature 3 outdoor decks to give passengers optimum viewing options while offering an indoor climate-controlled cabin for a comfortable experience regardless of weather.

You will leave your New England Aquarium Whale Watch with a newfound appreciation for the mammals that swim beneath the surface of the cold Atlantic. Save on admission to the New England Aquarium Whale Watch, plus Boston's top museums, sights, and tours, all for one low price with the Go Boston® Card.

Redemption Instructions

IMPORTANT! Your choice of one of the following is included with a 3, 5 or 7-day Go Boston Card: Boston Duck Tour, Scenic Motorcoach Tour, the New England Aquarium Whale Watch, or a Red Sox Ticket plus VIP Early Park Access.

Closings

Nov 1 - Late- March

Reservation Instructions

Reservations are recommended by phone. Please identify yourself as a Go Boston Card holder. Your Go Boston Card must be valid on the day of the tour.

Note

Please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to departure. Tour duration is 4 hours. Children under age 3 will be subject to an admission fee.

Please note, Go Boston Card holders may enter this attraction until closing or 5:30 pm, whichever comes first. Reservations are not required, but are suggested for weekends and holidays. Dates and times are subject to change.

Phone: (617) 227-4321 or (877) SEE-WHALE

Website: www.bostonharborcruises.com

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 5 out of 5 stars (based on 3 customer ratings)
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Awesome Trip!
By Norseman Verified Reviewer from Austin, TX on
Pros:
Smooth High Speed, Comfortable Ship
Cons:
Lot Of People On Board, Limited Views
Best Uses:
Evening Cruise,
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations :

It was a great trip as we saw Hancock surface at least a dozen times and she did a full breach with a twist! The only downside is that the crowds keep shifting while on the boat to get to see her. It's a bit chaotic at first until the initial excitement settles downs, so being tall helps. You can also just stake out one position as the boat is constantly manuervering and you will get some good views. Don't worry about taking any dramamine as the catamaran is smooth sailing and the water near the tip of the Cape is not that choppy.

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Awesome adventure
By 9-W-21 Verified Reviewer from Buffalo NY on
Pros:
I Saw Whales
Cons:
Had To Share With Others
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations :

The ride was chilly but fun, we rode the afternoon watch. Being 4'9 I wasn't able to see the whale that came up next to the boat, and I got a little frustrated. I heard alot of ooooohs and aaaaaahs. Towards the end of the visit I had an intimate moment with a humpback as he turned over and waved :), so worth the ride! definitely take the afternoon, that seems to be their feeding time.

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[9 of 9 customers found this review helpful]

Never Disappoints!
By The River Isla Verified Reviewer from Manchester, NH on
Pros:
Air-conditioned Ride, Guaranteed Sightings, Best On Board Naturalists
Cons:
Only On 35 7-day Card,
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations :

I've done this whale watch every year and it never disappoints! Boston Harbor Cruises has the best vessels and the most educated on-board naturalists to narrate the tour. I've gone on whale trips with two other companies in Boston, but have learned that BHC is superior. That's why I wasn't surprised to learn that they are now operating the whale watch for the New England Aquarium. Each time I have gone, I have seen whales. I understand that they guarantee it or your money back, but I've never had to apply for a refund. I've done whale watching in Seattle and in New England and I love this tour!!

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Hours

March 28–May 8: 
Weekdays, 10:00 am.
Weekends, 10:00 am and 1:30 pm.

May 9–May 22: 
Weekdays, 10:00am and 12:00 pm.
Weekends, 10:00 am, 12:00 pm, 1:30pm, 4:00pm.

May 23–May 25 (Memorial Day Weekend):
 9:00 am, 10:00 am, 12:00 pm, 1:30 pm, 3:00 pm, 5:30 pm.

May 26–June 26:
Weekdays, 10:00 am, 12:00 pm, 1:30 pm.
Weekends, 10:00 am, 12:00 pm, 1:30 pm, 3:00 pm, 5:30 pm**

June 27–September 7: 
Weekdays, 9:00 am, 10:00 am, 12:00 pm, 1:30 pm.
 Weekends, 9:00 am, 10:00 am, 12:00 pm, 1:30 pm, 3:00 pm, 5:30 pm

September 8–September 27:
 Weekdays, 10:00am, 1:30pm.
Weekends, 10:00 am, 12:00 pm, 1:30 pm, 3:00 pm.

September 28–October 25:
Weekdays, 12:00 pm.
Weekends, 10:00 am, 12:00 pm.

October 26–October 31:
Weekdays, 12:00 pm.
Weekends, 12:00 pm.

**Saturdays Only
*Weekend Schedule for July 4 and Labor Day

Public Transportation

Take the T: Blue Line to Aquarium stop. Proceed to the Boston Harbor Cruise's ticket booth at Long Wharf near the New England Aquarium.

Address

1 Long Wharf
Boston, MA 02109

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At a Glance

Address

1 Long Wharf
Boston, MA 02109

Phone: (617) 227-4321 or (877) SEE-WHALE

Website: www.bostonharborcruises.com

Adult Gate PriceChild Gate Price
$49.35 $37.80