New England Aquarium Whale Watching Cruise in Boston, MA

One 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!

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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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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.