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New England Aquarium Whale Watching Cruise

View some of the world's most fascinating creatures on the most popular Boston whale watching cruise. Get the best view of the whales from the decks, as researchers from the Whale Center of New England narrate the tour.

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Witness some of the most extraordinary creatures on the planet during the Boston Whale Watching Cruise. Breathtaking views of whales of different sizes can be enjoyed from the deck while researchers from the Whale Center of New England narrate your tour. Boston whale watching tours conveniently depart from Central Wharf and Boston whale watching tour tickets can be purchased ahead and tours conveniently depart from Central Wharf in downtown Boston.


  • See whales up close!

  • Narrated by professional researchers

  • Outside decks for optimum viewing

  • Purchase Boston whale watching tour tickets here

Experience the Majesty of Boston Whale Watching Tours Departing From Boston Harbor Utilizing high-speed catamarans, this seasonal cruise requires less travel time to reach the 638-square-nautical-mile Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. Quicker travel provides more time for up-close views of humpback, beluga, pilot and Northern Atlantic Right whales in this remarkable habitat. The rich feeding ground is also home to great white sharks, puffins, white-beaked dolphins and leatherback sea turtles.

Boston Harbor Cruises offers an unmatched three-hour whale-watching excursion out of Boston. Guests travel on high-speed catamarans to reach the famed Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary that sits just east of Boston. Covering 638 square nautical miles, the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary is a rich feeding ground that attracts whales, puffins, white-beaked dolphins, leatherback sea turtles, and great white sharks. Of course, whale seekers make the voyage for the joy of seeing humpback, finback, minke, beluga, pilot, aand North Atlantic right whales majestically gliding with the waves in their natural habitat! The Stellwagen Bank is regarded as one of the world's most active marine sanctuaries. Spotting North Atlantic right whales during a voyage is an especially meaningful experience due to the fact that this species is considered to be critically endangered.

While voyagers on this Boston whale watch cruise are very likely to have whale encounters, there's no need to feel disappointed if you don't catch any whale sightings during your trip. If there aren't any whale sightings on your trip, you'll receive a free ticket for a future whale watch with us to experience the magic again!

Boston Harbor Cruises catamarans make for incredible pleasure cruises. Each vessel offers three outdoor observation decks for optimal viewing from all angles. Guests also enjoy the comfort of enclosed climate-controlled cabins with cushioned seats, tables and, a state-of-the-art audio-visual system. Snacks and drinks can be purchased in the galley.

The best part about Boston Harbor Cruises is that you'll be under the care of trained naturalists employed by the New England Aquarium. These expert guides will navigate your journey through the famed Stellwagen Bank to ensure that you can fully appreciate all of the wonders that are unfolding in the glass-like waves around you. Expect a journey of discovery as you learn about the waters off the coast of New England from the country's preeminent authority on whales!

You are encouraged to make your Boston whale watching tour reservation as soon as possible, especially if you want a particular day and time. An eTicket also simplifies dockside check-in.


New England Aquarium Whale Watching Cruise

Operating Times:

This tour is seasonal and operates from March through November. Please see calendar for date and times available. Please arrive at least 45 min before tour departure to check in.

Reservation Notes:

Reservations confirmed for date and time selected.


3.5 hours

Booth Location:

1 Long Wharf; Boston, MA 02110

Nearest Intersection:

State St and Atlantic Ave

Age Requirements:

Child Ticket: 3-11 yrs old. Under 3 free.


The location of the whales may require more travel time, extending the tip beyond three hours. Please allow for additional time in your schedule. The average trip is between 3.5 to 4 hours.
Don't forget the camera, film and binoculars. There is a galley serving food and beverages. Wear comfortable shoes or sneakers. Bring a light sweater or jacket. Remember sunscreen and sunglasses. Schedules are subject to change. Please call ahead to reconfirm schedule.