New England Aquarium Whale Watching Cruise in Boston, MA

Boston Harbor CruisesOne Long Wharf Boston , MA 02110
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Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, you will board a whale-watching vessel and sail the waters of Stellwagen Bank Marine Sanctuary! Many species of whales, dolphins, and other sea-life come for the bounty of calorie-rich fish that burrow in the grainy sands. Wildlife is unpredictable, but this cruise gives you the best chance to spot these wondrous beings!

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Boston Travel Experts
  • Family-friendly.
  • Stroller accessible.
  • Gratuities appreciated.
  • Tour duration: 3.5 hours.
  • Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your departure time to allow for boarding.
  • Guaranteed whale sightings, or you'll receive a free voucher for another cruise.
  • See Humpbacks, Finbacks, and the critically endangered Right Whales during your sail.


from New England Aquarium Whale Watching Cruise
Set sail with us for the whale watch experience of a lifetime. Our destination: Stellwagen Bank Marine Sanctuary, a rich feeding ground for whales, dolphins, sea birds, and other marine creatures. You’ll have a good chance to view several different species of large whales, including humpbacks, finbacks, minkes, and the critically endangered right whales. And you’ll learn about them from New England Aquarium naturalists who are always on board to share knowledge, answer your questions and explain the mind-blowing behaviors of these truly magnificent mammals.

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"Most Incompetent, rude customer service"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed October 11, 2020 NEW
Most Incompetent, rude customer service when you call. The bored customer service is completely unhelpful and ignorant. If something goes wrong do not count on them to help fix it and reimburse your money.
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"Great Break from Walking, cool down and get a different view of the city/history"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 02, 2020
The harbor cruise came with the Hop on and Off Trolley tour and even with covid going on, there were folks on the cruise with us. Social distancing was in place and really was not busy as there were 6 others on the total cruise. We had the boat to ourselves so to speak. The guide was proving great information on the city and was awesome to be able to see the city from a different point of view. The skyline is awesome and with the USS Constitution closed down at the time we toured, was a great way to see her. Even if it does not come with the hop on/off tour I would say is worth it to buy it and go. We would do this again.
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neil k
"Perfect trip!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 29, 2020
Social distancing was perfect. Reduced numbers of people was perfect. Right on schedule. Clean. Took the bikes. We saw whales too! Awesome day. They did it all right!
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Boston, Massachusetts
"Winter Wildlife Cruise to Boston Harbor Islands"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 30, 2020
We went on a Winter Wildlife Cruise sponsored by Boston Harbor Now with Massachusetts Audubon on a Saturday in late January. It was terrific! A nice adventure to start 2020. It was aboard a Boston Harbor Cruise vessel and it was a sold out cruise. The vessel was large and comfortable inside and there was plenty of room to view the various harbor islands and sea birds that were the focus of the tour. We went out as far a Graves Light and Boston Light, which were wonderful to see up close. I and two friends spent most of the time viewing things from the outside deck. It was chilly but not bad, and best for getting the full experience. The entire cruise was narrated by various Naturalists from the Massachusetts Audubon Society. They spotted the various types of ducks and birds that we were on the lookout for and told people where to look to see them. Of course our goal was to spot a Snowy Own and toward the end of the cruise when we were heading back in we did see one on the shoreline at the end of part of Logan Airport. It was quite a sight. The staff of Naturalists was terrific and so passionate about sharing their knowledge with the public. They were especially good with getting children involved and appointing them as Junior Rangers. We did not have children with us but there were quite a few on board. Definitely a great winter Saturday adventure!
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Lytham St Anne's, United Kingdom
"Boston Harbor sightseeing and getting about"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 28, 2019
An excellent way to get to Salem with a wonderfully old trolley bus and free!! ride into town. Also used a ferry to visit the dockyards and USS Constitution what a bargain.
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Frequently Asked Questions about New England Aquarium Whale Watching Cruise

What should I bring?
Bring a light sweater or jacket, and remember sunscreen and sunglasses.

What should I wear? 
Comfortable rubber-soled shoes or sneakers are a good idea, along with a light sweater or jacket, even on a warm day. Also, we strongly recommend that you have cash in hand if you plan to make onboard purchases at the galley.

Where is it located? 
1 Long Wharf Boston, MA 02110.

Is the tour appropriate for children? 
Yes, most travelers can participate.

Is the tour wheelchair accessible? 
The boat is wheelchair accessible, however, the restrooms are not wheelchair accessible.

Can I bring my camera? 
Yes! Great photo opportunities.

How long is the tour? 
The location of the whales may require more travel time, extending the trip beyond three hours. Please allow for additional time in your schedule. The average trip is between 3.5 to 4 hours.

Can I bring my pet? 
BHC is pet-friendly and offers many cruises that do allow pets - with some restrictions and exclusions. Animals on board must be kept with you and leashed or kept in a carrier at all times.

Please note: pet owners should be aware of the length of the cruise that they are embarking on (up to 4 hours for whale watches and 90 minutes for Provincetown Ferry) and consider if it is appropriate for the pet’s comfort and wellbeing.

Is there food onboard?
Our galleys offer a terrific selection of breakfast and lunch sandwiches, tasty snacks such as hot pretzels, popcorn, and chips, nutritional bars, fresh fruit, nuts, and cereals. Fruit juices, tea, sports drinks, and other beverages are also available along with beer, wine, and cocktails.

Please note: at sea, credit/debit card transactions are sometimes not possible, so it’s a good idea to have cash in hand.

What’s included in my ticket/experience? 

  • Boston Whale Watch Cruise aboard High-Speed Catamaran.
  • See a variety of whales, including Humpbacks, Finbacks, and the critically endangered Right Whales.
  • Visit Stellwagen Bank Marine Sanctuary, a rich feeding ground for whales, dolphins, sea birds and other marine creatures.
  • Narrated by a New England Aquarium Naturalist as your Guide.