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Hours:Whale watching tours last approx 3-4 hours.
Ages:Kids, Teens, Adults
Cost:$$$ see below
Category:Whale Watching
Other Ideas: Boston Harbor Whale Watching; Seven Seas Whale Watching; Cape Ann Whale Watch; Captain Bill's Whale Watching; Yankee Fleet Deep Sea Fishing

new england aquarium whale watching photoThe New England Aquarium has partnered with Boston Harbor Cruises to give visitors front-row seats to view the oceanís most fascinating and magnificent animals. Join us! The New England Aquarium Whale Watch conveniently departs from Central Wharf.

Featuring the only boats in Boston designed specifically for whale watching, with trivia, paper and crayons, snack bar, comfortable main cabin, and restrooms.

Trained Naturalists will share their knowledge, and can even name many of the whales! Trips range from 3-4 hours, to allow for sea conditions and maximize time with the whales.

The proceeds from our whale watch program help fund our research and conservation programs around the world, including the leading research effort to study Atlantic right whales.

Whale sightings are guaranteed! If, in the unusual circumstance we do not see any whales, we will give you a voucher to come back and sail with us again.

Located at Central Wharf, adjacent to the Marriott Hotel and close to Faneuil Hall/Quincy Market. See website for directions and parking information.

About the New England Aquarium:
The New England Aquarium is located along Boston's scenic waterfront. Its colorful & educational exhibits feature more than 8000 aquatic creatures, including the playful penguin pool as you enter. Highlights of the New England Aquarium include a 4-story glass ocean tank that houses a coral reef display plus an outstanding variety of fishes, sharks & sea turtles.

After taking a quick visit to the outside tank of seals & penguins, you'll enter the heart of the aquarium to behold a four-story fish tank wrapped by a spiral viewing ramp. The main aquarium is also alive with small sharks, varieties of fish and a huge sea turtle. There are smaller specialized tanks on each landing for more leisurely viewing. For a nice break, check out the Exploration Center on the first floor of the main parking structure - and be sure to check out the water shows!

You can view the New England Aquarium events calendar here. And check with your local library for discount passes to the New England Aquarium & more!

Discount Passes:
Discount passes to the New England Aquarium, as well as many other Boston Museums and attractions, can be found at your local library.

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Reservations highly recommended. No refunds.



Central Wharf, Boston, MA map
Phone: 617-973-5281

Whale watching season is here, and Aquarium naturalists expect it to be a good one. Dates and times in season follow:
Weekdays at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Weekends at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Call 617.973.5206 to make reservations on the New England Aquarium Whale Watch or visit

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  • Parking can be costly - there is a parking garage affiliated with the Aquarium that is on the pricey side. Look around for alternative garages in the area or try to find nearby street parking. (Street parking may include a short walk).

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