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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

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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

Mary S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

The ferry ride out is pleasant and comfortable. We where lucky and got to see lots of whales!

Ruchika S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Loved this tour

Ondreya W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

I was hesitant about booking this tour, but I was surprised how great it was. Only down side is it was hard to hear the narration due to the wind and poor speaker system on the boat. Saw whales, one breached out of the water, saw tails and fins. I loved it.

Robert F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Best thing we did did on our stay, watching the whales was unbelievable and an out of this world experience :

Bruce G United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Not only was the staff knowledgeable and friendly, we got to see almost 20 whales for over an hour. Pictures and videos were plentiful! The ride out takes a bit and the overall trip was closer to 4 hours than 3 but well worth the travel time!

Volker P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

We were lucky to see so many Whales on our trip. The crew decided to stay longer out there since there were so many Whales to see. Sometimes it was difficult to decide where to watch since they were everywhere. When you go out there use one of the faster boats so you have more time out there in the Whale area. The crew also explained a lo about the Whales very interresting.

Enilda A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

What an amazing trip. We were so lucky to view about 10 humpback whales all around us. It was more amazing than we had anticipated. The crew was very helpful and detailed in explaining what we were watching. They gave us ample time to get all pics and never forget this awesome experience. Definitely worth the money. Strongly recommend it to anyone who visits Boston and haven't had this type of experience.

Paul T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Fantastic experience. Hugely skilled captain and a very knowlegable whale expert.
Spent a fantastic hour watching a mother and baby diving, feeding and playing around.
Can't recommend this trip enough.

Anna B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This was the best whale watch tour I have ever been on, we saw EVERYTHING!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

The tour lasted about an hour longer than I thought it would, 2pm instead of 1pm but it was absolutely worth it!! The naturalist was very helpful and informative and we saw more whales than we could count, we even had a group of whales that circled our boat and were checking us out for about a half an hour. It was a once in a lifetime trip and I would highly recommend taking this tour!

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