• Location: Boston, Massachusetts
  • Duration: 3 hours (approx.)
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Experience the best of New England’s marine wildlife on this guided, 3-hour whale-watching cruise around the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. Hop on a high-speed catamaran that gets to and from the whales in the least amount of time possible. See humpback and fin whales, plus Atlantic white-sided dolphins and harbour porpoises with the help of a naturalist guide. The on-board galley offers food and beverages for purchase during the trip.


  • Boston whale watching
  • 3-hour whale watch on a high-speed catamaran
  • Guided by a naturalist from the noted Whale Center of New England
  • Whale sightings on every whale watch

What You Can Expect

Boston Whale Watching Cruise

Boston Whale Watching Cruise

Beginning at Central Wharf in Boston, hop aboard a high-speed catamaran and embark on a 3-hour whale-watching cruise to Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, a stretch of open water at the mouth of Massachusetts Bay that serves as a rich feeding ground for whales, dolphins, sea birds and more.

From the ship’s three outdoor decks, view humpback, fin, minke and pilot whales, plus Atlantic white-sided dolphins, harbour porpoises and more with the help of a naturalist from the Whale Center of New England. They will share their knowledge about the animals’ behaviors, conservation status, scientific tracking and more.

In between whale sightings, relax in the comfortable, climate-controlled indoor cabin, which features state-of-the-art sound and video systems, the New England Aquarium Education Station and a galley offering food and beverages for purchase.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

We got to see so many whales is was unbelievable. what an adventure!

Gareth R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

This tour was amazing!

Scott V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017


Manfred H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

After there was only one fountain to be seen far away, the ship took us out for another half hour, and there we had about a dozen sightings of whales, sometimes as near as fifty metres away. Most were short sightings of whales coming up to breathe and then disappearing again, but it was nevertheless amazing seeing those animals in the wild. We had a full hour of watching before returning, so you have to plan four hours for an hour's watch. We were glad they took us farther out though we had already seen one whale we got the impression they really want you to share their enthusiasm.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

My husband and I did the noon Boston Whale Watching Cruise while visiting Boston this week. We took our repurchased vouchers to the ticket window to exchange for boarding tickets. I recommend you do this at least 30 minutes before the sailing because this process was slow. I saw no advantage to pre-purchasing tickets since we had to wait in line anyhow. They need to have a separate window for Viator to exchange vouchers.

The boat itself held a lot of passengers, but didn't feel crowded. There is room to sit inside or on top. The trip to Stellwagen Bank took a little over an hour and the air and wind at cruising speed is cold. So, if you want to stay outside on the trip to and from the whale watching area, dress warmly. I mean jacket and pants. We sat inside on the way out and back and there was plenty of room to move around and they had a good snack bar too.

When we arrived at the whale watching area there was plenty of room to move outside for the viewing. We saw a sea turtle and there were three humpbacks that made multiple appearances for us. We even got to see one breach. It was a very successful whale watching cruise.

We returned to Boston Harbor around 4PM. This cruise lasted around an hour longer than posted, but they told passenger this in advance. The area the whales were being sited was further out. I felt like we had plenty of time for the whale watching and excellent guides and would recommend this company for your tour.

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Very Rough but FUN ride out for about 2 to 2 and half hours, if you cn handle this and I recommend you go outside when feeling sea sick then this I an amazing tour!

Jayne R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Fabulous trip. We were not disappointed in any way.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

We will do this again when I come back to Boston. Very Informative.

Barbara M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

The tour was amazing! We had a take 2 experience. Our first trip out was unsuccessful due to rough seas we were almost there but we had to turn around due to the conditions. So they were very accommodating we rebooked for later that day with a successful 2nd trip. Amazing

Don M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

The trip took about 2 1/2 - 3 hours but well worth it. To see the whales up close was just AWESOME!

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