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New England Aquarium Whale Watch

#3 of 41 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Boston Features Animals
New England Aquarium, Central Wharf, Boston, MA 02110
+1 617-973-5281
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Awesome & inspiring

One of the main reasons for our trip to Boston was the whales & they didn't disappoint us. Our... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Manchester, United Kingdom
An Adventure with Great Opportunity on the Ocean in the Boston Harbour!

Although unpredictable, it is a great way to spend some time on the ocean! Be prepared! It is... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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Boston's best whale watch! Experience whales as only the New England Aquarium can present them! Our experienced marine biologists tell you all about these majestic creatures and the other inhabitants of Stellwagen Bank onboard the only fast catamaran in Boston designed specifically for whale watching! Whale sightings are guaranteed on this family fun adventure!
  • Excellent63%
  • Very good22%
  • Average7%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible4%
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Hours Today: 09:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
New England Aquarium, Central Wharf, Boston, MA 02110
+1 617-973-5281

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Reviewed yesterday

One of the main reasons for our trip to Boston was the whales & they didn't disappoint us. Our guide told us we were lucky to have a very clear calm day & she wasn't wrong. We saw multiple fin whales, minke whales & a...More

Thank vonnie75
Reviewed 2 days ago

Although unpredictable, it is a great way to spend some time on the ocean! Be prepared! It is cold out on the water, even in a sunny warm temp! If you layer up, you will be fine and have a great time! It was fun...More

Thank cswd2014
Reviewed 2 days ago

Everything was perfect! Very comfortable boat with all the amenities.....comfy seats, a snack bar, toys for the kids, nice bathrooms. All of this made for an enjoyable trip. The staff were courteous, and educational. We saw so many whales and learned a lot about them!...More

Thank Kristine N
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Totally appreciate that you can't predict nature but given that the WWF ranks Massachusetts as one of the top ten whale watching spots in the world we were quite excited to find that having booked a trip to Boston we were going to be there...More

Thank Sibden1
Reviewed 6 days ago

Had an exciting time on this whale watch with our two children 19 and 7. Watched 2 whales repeatedly surface and dive very close to the boat. Other whales and dolphins off in the distance. We were given plenty of information about the whales and...More

Thank ken999
Reviewed 1 week ago

Too bad we didn't see any whales. It was a 4 hr RT They gave us trip that didn't expire. It was great morning and would have seen a whale(s)

Thank nanaapc599
Reviewed 1 week ago

We saw 2 types of whales and had a great time on the boat ride. It was interesting that we never saw the whole whale-just the middle and tail. Having seen whales in Alaska was disappointed that we didn't see more of the whale but...More

Thank Pamela K
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you read these reviews you will get a good understanding of the experience. You may or may not see whales; however, we did. We also saw a basking shark which was really cool. If you have a tendency to get sea sick, or get...More

Thank Pat B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were so exited to book this trip even though we considered it to be expensive. The experience was horrible:weather conditions were not good, everybody was sick and no whales to be seen. I wouldn't recommend this unless the weather conditions are good.They should have...More

Thank 20angelikim
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We came to Boston only for the whales and didn't dissapointed. We sail through the calm sea an hour reach the area and were spoled with many whales! Can reccommend this tour.

Thank Esa K K
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How long does this last?
18 May 2017|
Response from Ssc3201 | Reviewed this property |
4 hour trip plus I'd wait in line for boat on weekends at least 1 hour before trip
What is the weather like for mid June 2017? Suggestions for apparel? Is this a good time for whale watching?
15 May 2017|
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Response from MineBM | Reviewed this property |
The weather is warmer than in April but a light coat or windbreaker is useful. Yes, June is excellent for watching whales. Enjoy!!!!
How is parking near by?
22 April 2017|
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Response from Ssc3201 | Reviewed this property |
There is a parking garage right at the aquarium, and lots not far away in the north end or across the greenway near Faneuil hall.