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New England Aquarium Whale Watch tickets

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

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.

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!

Build your own discount attraction pass and save on combined admission to two or more attractions. Enjoy guaranteed discounts on New England Aquarium Whale Watch tickets and your choice of other top attractions.

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!


March 25–May 26: Daily, first departure at 10:00 am

May 27–May 29: Daily, first departure at 9:00 am

May 30–June 23: Weekdays, first departure at 10:00 am;
Weekends, first departure at 9:00 am

June 24–September 4: Daily, first departure at 9:00 am

September 5–September 24: Daily, first departure at 10:00 am

September 25–October 29: Weekdays, 12:00 noon;
Weekends, 10:00 am and 12:00 noon

October 29–November 19: Daily, 12:00 noon

Please see website for more in-depth schedule.


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


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.


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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