Whale watching is fun and adventurous and something that everyone likes doing. Some of the best whale watching is over on the West Coast off the coasts of Washington, Oregon, and Alaska. But there is also whale watching options on the East Coast.
Boston offers the chance to see these mighty marine mammals as they frolic and breach, and it is considered one of the 10 top places in the world for whale watching tours. It is something that is a fun family experience for anyone visiting the historic city of Boston. While in Boston, be sure to check out the living museum of Plimoth and the Mayflower II replica.
About Whale Watching In Boston
In Boston, there is whale watching off the coast in the Stellwagen Bank Marine Sanctuary. This marine sanctuary boasts rich waters that provide rich feeding grounds for the whales. But not only the whales - there are also dolphins and sea birds as well as other marine animals to be seen here. Species of whales and other animals here include:
- Humpback Whales
- Finback Whales
- Minkes Whales
- Pilot Whales
- Occasionally Blue Whales (The Largest Animal Ever To Have Known To Have Existed)
- Right Whales (That Are Also Critically Endangered)
- Dolphins (Including The White Sided Dolphins)
- Different Types Of Sea Birds
There are several companies here offering high-quality whale watching tours. Two companies will be considered here, City Cruises (which is based in Boston) and 7 Seas Whale Watching (which is based a short drive out of the city in Gloucester).
These giants of the ocean can grow 50 feet long and weigh a hefty 40 tons.
- Whale Watching Season: April To October (Summer Months Have More Scheduled Outings)
- Note: One May Want To Plan A Visit To See The Whales In The Warmer Months Of The Year
City Cruises Whale Watching Tours
One of the whale watching companies is City Cruises. Their whale watching boats are custom-made high-speed catamarans - that they claim to be among the largest and the fastest in the United States. These boats are climate-controlled and very stable - reducing the chance that one will get seasick. They also have professional and knowledgeable naturalists on the tour to explain everything one needs to know about these stunning Maine animals.
Tours vary by season and prices can also vary but in September the tours leave at 10.00 am.
- Speed Of The Catamaran: 35 Knots or 37.5 Miles Per Hour
- Max Passengers: Up To 400 Passengers
- Discounted Group Rates: For Groups Of 20 Or More Guest They Offer A Discounted Group Rate
- Where: Departs: 1 Long Wharf, Boston, MA 02110 (Next To The New England Aquarium)
- Cost: $60.00 Per Adult and $40.00 Per Child
7 Seas Whale Watch
7 Seas Whale Watch is not located in Boston but a short drive out in Gloucester. The Gloucester Harbor is itself a stunning waterfront filled with fishing boats returning from their fishing trips unloading their fish as well as lobstermen baiting and setting their traps. This part of the coast is also home to Harbor seals, Gray seals, and a range of sea birds.
Stellwagen Bank and Jeffrey's Ledge are where the whales feed in numbers and it is only 12 and 8 miles out (respectively) from Gloucester Harbor and so it doesn't take long to get to the destination at a high-speed catamaran. No other port in Massachusetts is closer to these sites.
- Bonus: Leaving From Gloucester One Gets A View Of Gloucester's Historic Harbor
- Time To Reach The Whales: It Normally Takes Upwards Of 45 Minutes To Reach The Whales From Departure
- Time Watching The Whales: Around 1.5 Hours
- Narration: The Company's Experienced Naturalists Will Explain Everything About The Whales
- Cost: $50.00 Per Adult or $35.00 Per Child
- Schedule: Scheduled Outtings Vary By Season, October Outings Are At 11.00 am Daily
They do not just stop and watch the first whales they see, but they will continue to search and find plenty of whales and different whale species to see. This is a wild tour as the whales are wild animals not trained or in captivity. They are in their natural environment feeding, playing, frolicking, and breaching.
7 Seas Whale Watch also has the lowest price guarantee. They say:
"We will match any competitor’s ticket pricing (with the exception of a Groupon ticket that has already been purchased with a competing whale watch company.)"
Whale watching is a fun activity and one of the most fun marine safaris one can take. It is possible to see these majestic creatures on both sides of the continent. So don't wait to go to Alaska or Washington to see them. For how to see whales in Puget Sound in Washington State and what to expect see here.