Ever been up close and personal with a 50-foot, 40-ton whale? Once you have, it’s an experience you won’t soon forget.

That experience can be yours in Massachusetts, one of the top-ten whale-watching spots in the world, according to the World Wildlife Fund. On a real New England whale-watching expedition, alongside onboard naturalists, you’ll head out roughly 25 miles off the coast to Stellwagen Bank and be treated to awe-inspiring sights of humpback, pilot and blue whales breaching and spouting through the deep blue Atlantic Ocean.

Note: Whale-watching charters typically run from April to October, so if you are interested in taking one, you may want to plan your visit to the Bay State during the warmer months of the year.

  • Capt. Bill and Sons Whale Watch, Gloucester

  • 7 Seas Whale Watch, Gloucester

  • Cape Ann Whale Watch, Gloucester

  • Captain John Whale Watching, Plymouth

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    New England Aquarium

    Boston

  • Captain John Whale Watching and Deep Sea Fishing +
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    Captain John Whale Watching and Deep Sea Fishing

    Plymouth

  • 7 Seas Whale Watch +
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    7 Seas Whale Watch

    Gloucester

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    Shearwater Excursions, Inc.

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    Cape Cod Canal Centennial

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  • Capt. Bill & Sons Whale Watch +
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    Capt. Bill & Sons Whale Watch

    Gloucester

  • Monomoy Island Excursion +
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    Monomoy Island Excursion

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  • Pilgrim Belle Harbor Cruises +
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    Pilgrim Belle Harbor Cruises

    Plymouth

  • Pilgrim Aviation +
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    Pilgrim Aviation

    Plymouth

  • Plymouth Whale Watching +
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    Plymouth Whale Watching

    Plymouth

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