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

    New England Aquarium

    Boston

  • Captain John Boats

    Captain John Boats

    Plymouth

  • 7 Seas Whale Watch

    7 Seas Whale Watch

    Gloucester

  • Shearwater Excursions, Inc.

    Shearwater Excursions, Inc.

    Nantucket

  • Capt. Bill & Sons Whale Watch

    Capt. Bill & Sons Whale Watch

    Gloucester

  • Monomoy Island Excursion

    Monomoy Island Excursion

    Harwich Port

  • New England Aquarium Whale Watch

    New England Aquarium Whale Watch

    Boston

  • Boston Harbor Cruises

    Boston Harbor Cruises

    Boston

  • Hyannis Whale Watcher Cruises

    Hyannis Whale Watcher Cruises

    Barnstable

  • Dolphin Fleet Whale Watch

    Dolphin Fleet Whale Watch

    Provincetown

  • Cape Ann Whale Watch

    Cape Ann Whale Watch

    Gloucester

  • SeaSalt Charters

    SeaSalt Charters

    Provincetown

  • Newburyport Whale Watch

    Newburyport Whale Watch

    Newburyport

  • Capt'n Tim Brady & Sons

    Capt'n Tim Brady & Sons

    Plymouth

  • Center for Coastal Studies

    Center for Coastal Studies

    Provincetown

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