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The 5 Best Whale Watching Tours Near Boston

Nilam Mukherjee | February 19, 2021 | Lifestyle Travel

a whale jumping out of the ocean

Pack your life-jackets and cameras, because whale watching season in Massachusetts runs April to October!

When you want to see a whale, patience is key, though who could ever be disappointed by an exciting, eye-opening day spent sailing the salty ocean.

Because our beautiful city borders the Atlantic, it should come as no surprise Boston that has a surplus of ocean-related specialties. From their famously-tasty lobster to adventurous whale watching, this city earns its sea legs. A hotspot for whale watching, the city of Gloucester gives you whales and more.

Ready for adventure? Here’s a list of the best places to go whale watching in Massachusetts.

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Seven Seas Whale Watch

63 Rogers St., Gloucester / Website

Located in the historic seaport of Gloucester, this family-owned and operated company makes the whale-watching experience come to life. On one of two daily trips, you’ll set sail on The Privateer IV watch boat to Stellwagen and begin the journey. Accompanied by a marine biologist, you’ll be getting both sights and knowledge. On your lookout for whales, keep an eye out for turtles, seals, dolphins and other marine mammals.

Boston Harbor Cruises

1 Long Wharf / Website

Partnering with New England Aquarium, prepare to see a collection of marine wildlife while having all your questions answered. This cruise introduces you to humpbacks, finbacks and minkes along with potential sightings of dolphins, sea birds and more. With plenty of food, drinks and company on board, you’ll be sailing on smooth waters.

Newburyport Whale Watch

54 Merrimac St. / Website

Your journey begins at downtown Newburyport, aboard the 106’ Captains Lady III. Destined for Merrimack River, this unique experience opens up to the world of marine life where you’ll find a diversity of whales and more fascinating creatures. Alongside expert naturalists, this will be a one-of-a-kind voyage.

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Hyannis Whale Watcher Cruises

269 Millway, Barnstable / Website

Whale watching in luxury off the coast of Cape Cod on one of the best whale-watching ships sounds amazing - and it is. Seasoned naturalists and crewmembers allow you to make the most of the trip as you look out for all the ocean has to offer.

Cape Ann Whale Watch

415 Main St, Gloucester / Website

Operating for over 40 years, Cape Ann Whale Watch has impressive luck. Aboard the speedy Hurricane II, your eager wait to see whales will be over much quicker. Enjoy the quality and comfort of the cruise, while you watch some of your favorite marine mammals splash around in their natural habitat.

Photography by: Pexel/Silvana Palacios