New England Aquarium Whale Watching Cruise

View some of the world's most fascinating creatures on the 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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Age: 3-11 years.
Senior age: 64 + years with ID
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The New England Aquarium Whale Watching Cruise is your opportunity to see some of the planet's most majestic sea creatures. You can ride in comfort aboard a high-speed vessel that reduces travel time, which gives you more time to view the whales.


  • See whales up close!
  • Narrated by professional researchers
  • Outside decks for optimum viewing
Boston Harbor Cruises proudly offers the only three-hour whale-watching excursion available in the city. 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.

A naturalist trained by the New England Aquarium, the area's preeminent authority on whales, accompanies each tour. These knowledgeable guides ensure that each voyage is an amazing educational experience and journey of discovery.

Boasting three outdoor observation decks for maximum viewing, the catamaran also has an enclosed climate-controlled cabin with cushioned seats, tables and a high-tech audio-visual system. Passengers can purchase a variety of snacks and drinks from the galley.

You are encouraged to make your New England Aquarium and Whale Watching Cruise reservation as soon as possible, especially if you want a particular day and time.

An eTicket also simplifies dockside check-in.

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.

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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. Senior Ticket: 64+ yrs with ID. For children under 3 years of age -charge of $16.80 needs to be paid.


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.