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Whale watching in Boston

Admire pods of majestic creatures as they migrate.

There’s something utterly breathtaking about watching a whale migration by boat. You’re there in the thick of it, yards away from mammoth oceanic creatures as they travel north or south according to the season — an experience that’ll have your head swimming long after you disembark.

Boston whale watch cruises

Best value

7 Seas Whale Watch
7 Seas Whale Watch

Highlights

  • Staffed with a professional marine biologist or naturalist
  • Partnership with the Ocean Alliance for whale and dolphin conservation
  • Family owned for three generations
  • Parking available

Cost

  • Adults: $48
  • Kids: $35
  • Seniors: $45
  • Children under 3: Free
  • AAA/Military/students: $45
Book tickets on 7 Seas Whale Watch

This tour is located in Gloucester, about an hour north of Boston — so you may have to rent a car to get there.

Fastest boat

High-Speed Catamaran Whale Watching Cruise — from Boston Harbor Cruises
High-Speed Catamaran Whale Watching Cruise — from Boston Harbor Cruises

Highlights

  • More time for whale watching in open waters
  • Wildlife specialist on board
  • Climate-controlled cabin
  • Three outdoor decks
  • Discounted rate for groups of 25 or more

Cost

  • Adults: $57.75
  • Kids: $36.75
  • Seniors: $49.35
  • Children under 3: $18.90
Book tickets on High Speed Catamaran Whale Watch

Best bundle deal

Whale Watching Cruise plus New England Aquarium admission
Whale Watching Cruise plus New England Aquarium admission

Highlights

  • All the perks of Whale Watching Cruise by High-Speed Catamaran
  • Plus admission to the aquarium so you can see more marine life after docking.

Cost

  • Adults: $78.43
  • Kids: $48.44
  • Seniors: $68.04
  • Children under 3: $18.90
Book a Whale Watch plus New England Aquarium tickets bundle

How much do whale-watching tours in Boston cost?

An adult ticket for a three- to four-hour whale-watching tour in Boston is around $48 to $58. However, most tour companies offer discounts for seniors, kids and military members.

Consider checking out current whale watch deals for specials and cheaper rates.

When is whale-watching season in Boston?

The best time to see whales in Boston is from April to October. They migrate to feed on fish like krill, herring and mackerel in Massachusetts Bay and beyond.

Whales aren’t fond of cold weather. When winter comes, they migrate south to mate and give birth to calves — baby whales.

Compare whale-watching cruise companies

Cruise nameDeparture locationPrice (from)Book with
7 Seas Whale WatchGloucester$48Groupon
Boston Harbor CruisesLong Wharf$57.75Viator
New England Aquarium Whale Watch plus admissionLong Wharf$78.43Viator
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Bottom line

Boston’s known for some great whale-watching spots. But if you’re not so crazy about giant sea creatures and salty ocean breezes, find a tourist attraction that matches your interests.

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