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.
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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.
Frequently asked questions
The following types of whales are commonly spotted on whale-watching tours around Boston:
North Atlantic Right whale
You may also see sea turtles, seals, dolphins, sharks and various types of fish.
Most whale-watching tours in Boston last between three and four hours, depending on how long it takes to see the whales — and how fast the boat is.
If you don’t see any whales, most tour companies offer a free ticket for another trip. If you’re concerned about getting your money’s worth, contact the tour company in advance to inquire about its exact policy.
Amy Stoltenberg writes about lifestyle and money for Finder, researching the best options for shopping, banking, insurance and authentic travel experiences. After studying writing and fashion at Savannah College of Art and Design, she worked as a technical designer before opting for a career with unlimited travel time. She lives in Los Angeles. When her laptop's closed, you can find her wandering the streets looking for hole-in-the-wall eateries and daydreaming about her next great adventure.
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