Step onboard and experience an unforgettable journey.

The New England Aquarium has partnered with Boston Harbor City Cruises to give visitors front-row seats to view the ocean’s most fascinating and magnificent animals. Join us! The New England Aquarium Whale Watch conveniently departs from Central Wharf. 

Plan ahead and buy whale watch tickets or New England Aquarium/whale watch combination tickets online through Boston Harbor City Cruises or at the New England Aquarium Whale Watch booth located on Central Wharf outside the Aquarium.

Boston Harbor Cruises cover
Boston Harbor City Cruises by Hornblower


On a New England Aquarium Whale Watch, you are guaranteed to see whales. From Boston, Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary is just a short ride away. One of the world’s most active marine sanctuaries, Stellwagen Bank is abundant with whales, dolphins, sea birds, and other marine life. If there are no whale sightings on your trip, you will receive a free ticket for a future whale watch with us. Just look at what other passengers have seen!

This area is home to several kinds of large whales, including acrobatic humpback whales, finback whales, minke whales, as well as pilot whales and the critically endangered right whales. White-sided dolphins may also put in an appearance. Learn about all these fascinating marine mammals from onboard naturalists trained by Aquarium experts.