The New England Aquarium Whale Watch affords you the opportunity to see whales, dolphins, porpoises, sea birds, and other aquatic life in their natural habitat, all from the comfort of a high-speed catamaran. Take in the cool ocean air as you set out on your marine adventure with nothing but the vast blue sea ahead of you. Among the whales you may meet during your marine excursion are humpback, finback, minke, or even the extremely endangered right whales. No two trips are the same, so each time you go is a unique experience. The New England Aquarium also guarantees you will see a whale on your trip, offering complementary whale watch tickets to use at a later date if there are no sightings.
The large, comfortable Voyager III leaves from the aquarium dock and takes you only 30 miles east of Boston to the Stellwagen Bank Marine Sanctuary. This diverse feeding ground features an abundance of aquatic creatures, some of which are very friendly and will come right up to your boat. If you are lucky, you may even spot a whale breaching, or jumping to lift at least 40 percent of its body out of the water. According to the New England Aquarium website, the past couple years have been some of the best for whale watching, as humpbacks are returning to the Stellwagen Bank in large numbers because of an increase in food.
The entire outing lasts three to four hours, and naturalists are always on board to help identify different species, explain their habits, and answer any questions. Full service snack bars with seats and tables inside will help you kick those hunger pangs you may be feeling after a long day at sea. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and plenty of layers, as the cool Atlantic Ocean breeze can give you goosebumps even in July. Reservations are strongly recommended, especially in the middle of summer.
- The season lasts from April-November, with boats leaving anywhere from 10am to 6pm for special evening trips in the summer
- Adults: $39.95
- Children under 12: $31.95
- Combo Ticket (Aquarium & Whale Watch) Adults: $52.95
- Children under 12: $38.95
- Location: 1 Central Wharf, Boston MA (located right new Fanueil Hall/Quincy Market)
- Phone: 617-973-5200
- Website: www.neaq.org