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 is a staff writer covering all things travel, shopping and lifestyle. After earning a BA at Savannah College of Art and Design, she worked as technical designer in corporate fashion before opting for a career with unlimited travel time. When her laptop's closed, you can find her wandering around Los Angeles looking for hole-in-the-wall eateries and plotting her way to all 50 states (she's currently at 28).
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