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Duration: 4 hours


Embark on an exciting whale watch adventure at Stellwagen Bank Marine Sanctuary, guided by New England Aquarium naturalists. Witness the majestic humpback, finback, and minke whales alongside playful dolphins and graceful sea birds, making it a truly unforgettable experience.

🐳 Set sail for a once-in-a-lifetime whale watch experience!

🐬 Encounter humpback, finback, and minke whales, along with dolphins and sea birds 🦭🦅

🤓 Learn from knowledgeable New England Aquarium naturalists.

🚢 Witness the magnificent behaviors of these majestic creatures 🌟🐋🌟


When do I choose a date?

After purchase, you can request your preferred dates and times by following the instructions in the email you receive. If it's a gift, the recipient will also get an email with booking instructions.

May - November,

Practical information

Any restrictions to participate?

  • Age: All age groups are welcome. All minors require adult supervision.

Who can you accommodate for?

  • Children: Free for children under 3.
  • Pets: Service animals are allowed on board.
  • Individuals with disabilities: We do have accessible vessels in our fleet. However, not all vessels and decks are considered accessible. Please call in advance to determine if the cruise is handicap accessible.

What to expect on the day of the experience?

  • Duration: 3.5-4 hours.
  • What’s included: Admission to the cruise is included. Light snacks available for purchase. Cash bar available.
  • Who will be present: You will be on board with crew members as well as other cruise participants. Sightings guaranteed and scenic views.
  • Photo/ video: You can take your own photos and videos.
  • Specific rules to follow: Smoking is not permitted inside the boat, and we cannot guarantee there will be a designated space to smoke on every boat.

How to prepare?

  • Weather dependency: Rain or shine, the experience will be running.
  • Arrival: Plan to arrive at least 30 minutes in advance to board the boat.
  • What to wear: Casual attire (khakis, nice jeans, dresses, button up shirts, blouses). We recommend bringing a light jacket or sweater as it can get chilly on the water. 
  • What to bring: You may not bring explosives, firearms, illegal substances, or any articles of a dangerous or damaging nature, as determined in our sole discretion, that could be harmful to yourself or others.
  • Restrooms/ lockers/ changing rooms: There will be restrooms on board.

Full description

Join us on an unforgettable whale watch adventure as we set sail towards the Stellwagen Bank Marine Sanctuary, a bountiful feeding ground for magnificent whales, dolphins, sea birds, and other marine creatures. With expert New England Aquarium naturalists guiding the way, you'll witness the awe-inspiring behaviors of humpback, finback, and minke whales, making it a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Returns, exchanges and cancellation

Unused Experience Vouchers can be returned within 30 days for a full refund to the original purchaser, no questions asked.

If you have any unused Experience Vouchers, you can exchange them for anything else in our marketplace, no matter when. If you choose an experience that's more expensive, you'll need to pay the difference, but if you choose one that costs less, you'll receive a credit towards your next booking.

No refunds are allowed once the experience is booked, but you can reschedule up to 48 hours before your experience, for a date within a year of the original booking. To reschedule, contact the experience provider directly. No-shows or rescheduling less than 48 hours in advance means losing the value of your experience.

Duration: 4 hours
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Linda Davis

This whale watch cruise exceeded all expectations! The crew's expertise and passion for marine life shone through as they provided informative commentary, and we were lucky enough to spot a playful pod of dolphins alongside the breathtaking whale sightings.

David M.

I highly recommend the New England Aquarium Whale Watch Cruise to anyone visiting the area. The vessel was comfortable, the crew was friendly and knowledgeable, and the opportunity to observe a mother and calf pair of endangered right whales left us in awe of the wonders of nature.

Jennifer White

This Whale Watch Cruise was an unforgettable experience! We were thrilled to witness a group of humpback whales breaching and splashing around just a few feet from the boat, making it a truly up-close encounter with these majestic creatures.