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New England Aquarium Whale Watch

A $47.25 value, a bonus option on the Go Boston Card

New England Aquarium Whale Watch presented by Boston Harbor Cruises

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

When going on a Boston Whale Watch, it's hard to decide which is more exciting: catching a glimpse of the world's largest mammal or the high-speed boat ride that gets you there. Three outdoor decks allow for optimal viewing, so bring your camera!

What better way to view the magnificent marine mammals that reside in Atlantic waters than aboard one of Boston’s finest maritime vessels—a Boston Harbor Cruises high-speed catamaran? Spend less time getting to the whales, and more time getting to know them when you take this top-notch Boston Whale Watch cruise!

Boston Harbor Cruises’ catamarans feature 3 outdoor decks to give passengers optimum viewing options, while offering a comfortable indoor climate-controlled cabin for an optimal experience regardless of the weather. Make yourself comfortable amidst cushioned seating, tables, a top-notch sound and video system, and an array of snacks and beverages available for purchase.

Hours

March 29–May 9: weekdays, 10:00 am & weekends, 10:00 am and 1:30 pm
May 10–May 23: weekdays 10:00 am & weekends, 10:00 am, 12:00 pm, 1:30 pm, and 4:00 pm
May 24–26 (Memorial Day weekend): weekdays 9:00 am, 10:00 am, 1:30 pm, 3:00 pm, and 5:30 pm & weekends 9:00 am, 10:00 am, 1:30 pm, 3:00 pm, and 5:30 pm
May 27–June 27: 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 Saturday only
June 28–September 1: 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, and 5:30 pm
Weekend schedule applies for July 4 and Labor Day
September 2–September 29: weekdays, 10:00 am, 1:30 pm & weekends, 10:00 am, 12:00 pm, 1:30 pm, 3:00 pm
September 29–October 28: weekdays, 12:00 pm & weekends, 10:00 am, 12:00 pm
October 27–TBD: weekdays, 12:00 pm & weekends, 12:00 pm
Please note, Go Boston Card holders may enter this attraction until closing or 5:30pm, whichever comes first.

Closings

Nov 1 - Mid- March

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.

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.

Address

1 Long Wharf
Boston, MA 02109

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.

Your Boston Whale Watch excursion will be led by professional researchers from the Whale Center of New England, New England’s leading authority on whale populations. These knowledgeable guides will answer questions, narrate the tour, and assist passengers in knowing where to look to spot the beautiful whales.

Boston Harbor Cruises offers you the most appealing opportunity to sail in their midst of the whales and marvel at the giant mammals that dominate the depths of our oceans. Here’s a little preview of the creatures you may behold on your Boston Whale Watch voyage:

  • Humpback Whales: These absolutely stunning long-flippered ocean giants are named for the arch their back makes as they prepare to dive to the depths of the ocean floor. Until you’ve seen one, you can’t fathom the size and sheer beauty of these whales.
  • Finback Whales: These behemoth whales are second in size only to Blue Whales, measuring in at 40-70 feet long and weighing up to 40 tons as adults.
  • Minke Whales: The most populous whale in the world, Minkes are smaller, dolphin-like baleen whales (meaning they filter water and nutrients through a “baleen”, or whalebone).
  • White Sided Dolphins: These playful creatures are only found in the waters of the North Atlantic, between New England and Norway, and feed on solitary creatures like squid, rather than schools of fish, as whales do.

Your Boston Harbor Cruise Whale Watch promises to be…a whale of a time (well, it had to be said), and you will leave with a newfound appreciation for the grace of the mammals that swim beneath the surface of the cold Atlantic. Enjoy the views from your high-speed catamaran as you cruise out to the deep waters!

Save on admission to a Boston Whale Watch, plus Boston's top museums, sights, and tours all for one low price with the Go Boston Card!

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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:
Comfortable Ship, Smooth High Speed
Cons:
Limited Views, Lot Of People On Board
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, Best On Board Naturalists, Guaranteed Sightings
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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  • Good for families
  • Parking available
  • Restaurant or snack bar
  • Restrooms
  • Disabled access
  • Reservations required

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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

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