Set sail to the whales of Boston Harbor and beyond.
What your New England Aquarium Whale Watch tickets include
Get ready for a whale of a good time aboard a New England Aquarium Whale Watch cruise ship. Departing right from Central Wharf, Boston Harbor Cruises take you out to the Stellwagen Bank Marine Sanctuary, a rich feeding ground for whales, dolphins, and other marine life.
As you cruise out to your destination, listen to the New England Aquarium guides as they narrate the tour and provide fun facts about the whales you might see. Stellwagen Bank Marine Sanctuary is known to attract Humpbacks, Finbacks, Minkes, and the critically endangered Right whales. It takes a bit of time to get out to the area, so feel free to relax inside at a table, grab a snack or drink from the concession stand, or explore the ship.
Boston Harbor Cruises’ custom whale watch catamaran makes it easy for everyone to have a fantastic vantage point. There are three different outdoor viewing decks and panoramic windows all around the cabin for those inside. Once you get close to Stellawagen Bank Marine Sanctuary, head outside for a front-row view of these gorgeous mammals.
Now, you wait. Keep your eyes trained on the water and suddenly you’ll see whale tails galore. There are expert researchers from the Whale Watch Center of New England on board to help discern the species, habitats, and historical background of each creature that comes looming to the surface. Each time a whale breaches the water, listen closely over the loud speaker for more details and maybe even their name – many of the whales are repeat visitors! The entire ship will shriek with delight each time a whale or dolphin is spotted.
Boston Harbor Cruises offers you the most appealing opportunity to sail in the midst of the whales and marvel at the giant mammals that dominate the depths of our oceans. We promise 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.
New England Aquarium Whale Watch Highlights
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March 23 – May 3: weekdays: 10:00am; weekends: 10:00am & 2:30pm. May 4 – 24: weekdays: 10:00am & 12:00 noon; weekends: 10:00am, 11:00am, 12:00 noon & 2:30pm. May 25 – 27 (Memorial Day weekend): 10:00am, 11:00am, 12:00 noon, 2:30pm, 3:30pm & 5:00pm. May 28 – June 21: weekdays: 10:00am,12:00 noon & 2:30pm; weekends: 9:00am,10:00am, 11:00am, 12:00 noon, 2:30pm & 3:30pm. June 22 – September 1: weekdays: 9:00am, 10:00am, 11:00am, 12:00 noon & 2:30pm; weekends: 9:00am, 10:00am, 11:00am, 12:00 noon, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm & 5:00pm*. September 3 – 22: weekdays: 10:00am & 12:00 noon; weekends: 10:00am, 11:00am,12:00 noon & 2:30pm. September 23 – October 27: weekdays: 12:00 noon; weekends: 10:00am & 12:00 noon. October 28 – November 17: daily: 12:00 noon. *Weekend schedule applies on July 4 & Labor Day. Contact Boston Harbor Cruises for details.
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 pass holders may enter this attraction until closing. Reservations are not required, but are suggested for weekends and holidays. Dates and times are subject to change.