Whale watching in Boston, MA


Plenty of sights to sea outside of Boston | Photo via @pondthecrossing

‘Tis the season to head out and sea some whaley-awesome sights for yourself. 🐋

Did you know that one of the top ten whale watching areas in the world is off the coast of Massachusetts? Stellwagen Bank is a National Marine Sanctuary approximately 21 miles long, covering 800 sq miles, and located 20-30 miles from Boston.

What kind of whales can you see in these waters?

Humpback, fin + minke whales are frequently seen. Less often spotted are the sei, blue, and sperm whales.

Cape Cod Bay is an important area for the endangered Northern Right Whales. These whales feed on zooplankton, which can be found in the Bay. Learn more about what researchers at the New England Aquarium are doing to help protect the estimated 336 remaining North Atlantic Right whales.

Ready to take an orca-strated trip? These companies are krill-in the tours so you can experience this for yourself.

Boston Harbor Cruise Whale Watching, 1 Long Wharf

Set sail on a three to four-hour whale watch cruise, featuring three decks for plenty of viewing space and a climate controlled interior cabin for those chilly days off the shore. Pro tip: there is a cash bar and snacks are available for purchase.

Seven Seas Whale Watch, 63 Rogers St., 7 Seas Wharf, Gloucester

This local family business has had three generations of career captains taking guests out on The Privateer IV. This boat can accommodate 300 but only allows 149 passengers per sailing giving you plenty of space to take in all the sights.

Cape Ann Whale Watch, 415 Main St., Gloucester

Step aboard the fastest whale watching boat in Gloucester. The Hurricane II offers smooth sailing with a spacious sundeck, climate controlled cabin + four restrooms. Hot and cold food and beverages options are available for purchase.

You’re whale-come.

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