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New England Aquarium Whale Watch

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Address: New England Aquarium, Central Wharf, Boston, MA 02110
Phone Number: +1 617-973-5281
09:00 - 18:00
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Mon - Fri 09:00 - 17:00
Sat - Sun 09:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes

Boston's best whale watch! Experience whales as only the New England...

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!

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Me and my Boyfriend love whales and when I saw that you can do that in Boston I was so thrilled. I drove about an hour and then we saw 2 Humpback Whales and followed them a while... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Me and my Boyfriend love whales and when I saw that you can do that in Boston I was so thrilled. I drove about an hour and then we saw 2 Humpback Whales and followed them a while. On even jumped but I missed it :-( .The Lady on Board told us a little about the Whales. On the way... More 

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Conroe, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went in early October and it seemed as though the guide couldn't even believe how many whales we happened to see. We heard that they had to cancel the day before our trip (possibly the day before that too), so we had quite a few on board. My mom and I both have problems with motion sickness, so as... More 

Thank Lisa L
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I really did not expect to see so many whales. Plus a pair of real show off whales too boot. Be prepared for the one hour boat ride out to the location. And if the weather is a little cold, it will be much colder out to sea so wear layers. The host from the Aquarium was very knowledgeable and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've seen humpbacks from the shore in Hermanus in South Africa and I thought that was amazing. Well - it was nothing compared to this! It takes about an hour to get to the feeding grounds, but once there it was impossible to look everywhere and see every whale. Unfortunately I was at the stern of the boat and missed... More 

1 Thank Beth L
Boston, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I consider this to be small aquarium, very clean, has an IMAX right next door. The Aquarium is basically a spiral around a huge tank in the middle. The bottom starts with Penguins and so on, the top is pretty cool as you can see the top of the live coral and sometime see a shark swimming at the top.... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went on this trip in November which is apparently at the end of the whale watching season since many other boats have stopped running at this time. Having that knowledge, I didn't expect much. This was part of the City Go pass so even if we didn't see anything, at least it was a boat ride. What I learned... More 

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have spent a great deal of time on the water in my life and thought this would be a fun experience. All the way out to sea, the employees sold food and drink to the passengers. About halfway through the trip, the passengers started falling ill. The crew was passing out bags, but for the last hour of my... More 

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Wendover, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a great experience over a few hours and saw 5 Humpback Whales and a very large pod of dolphins. The voyage itself is worthwhile as you get some wonderful views of the Boston skyline from out at sea. We did this trip in November and the boat was perhaps only 1/4 full so everybody had a great view.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our whale watching cruise was undertaken on a lovely sunny but chilly day. Passengers were advised that the sea would be a little choppy. However, advice was given as to the best position on the boat to minimise the effects of potential sea-sickness. In addition we were told that in the event of not seeing any whales our tickets would... More 

1 Thank LondonVsW
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I thought that $98 was a great price to get on this trip as even if we didn't see any whales, we'd be at sea for 4 hours... We did however, see a few whales. They were at a fair distance mind, but could see them dive and come out of the water fairly clearly. It was... More 

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