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New England Aquarium Whale Watch tickets

Gate Prices Adult $55.65
Child (3-12) $34.65

Overview
Set sail to the whales of Boston Harbor and beyond.

What your New England Aquarium Whale Watch tickets include

  • A four-hour cruise through Boston Harbor and beyond in search of whales
  • A guaranteed whale sighting
  • The chance to see other sea creatures like dolphins, sea birds, and more

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

  • 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.

Did you know?

  • The whale watch catamaran can reach speeds of up to 35 knots (37.5 MPH)
  • If your trip does not include any whale sightings, you’ll be given a voucher to come back and do it again.

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Getting In

The Boston Harbor Cruise (BHC) Ticket Center is located on Long Wharf, to the left of the New England Aquarium. Present your pass to any ticket agent, board the cat and enjoy!

Hours

March 24–May 4: Weekdays at 10:00 am;
Weekends at 10:00 am and 2:30 pm.

May 5–25: Weekdays at 10:00 am and 12:00 noon;
Weekends at 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 12:00 noon and 2:30 pm.

May 26–28 (Memorial Day weekend): 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 12:00 noon, 2:30 pm, 3:30 pm and 5:00 pm.

May 29–June 22: Weekdays at 10:00 am,12:00 noon and 2:30 pm;
Weekends at 9:00 am, 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 12:00 noon, 2:30 pm and 3:30 pm.

June 23–September 2: Weekdays at 9:00 am, 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 12:00 noon and 2:30 pm;
Weekends at 9:00 am, 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 12:00 noon, 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 3:30 pm and 5:00 pm.**
**Holiday schedule applies on July 4 and Labor Day. Contact Boston Harbor Cruises for details.

September 4–September 23: Weekdays at 10:00 am and 12:00 noon;
Weekends at 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 12:00 noon and 2:30 pm.

September 24–October 28: Weekdays at 12:00 noon;
Weekends, 10:00 am and 12:00 noon.

October 29–November 18: Daily at 12:00 noon.

Closings

November 20th – mid-March. May be closed on June 17th due to Harbor shutdown.

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, reservations are not required, but are suggested for weekends and holidays. Dates and times are subject to change.

Address

1 Long Wharf
Boston, MA 02110

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.
 

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