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 +
    1,051 saves

    New England Aquarium

    Boston

  • Captain John Boats +
    435 saves

    Captain John Boats

    Plymouth

  • 7 Seas Whale Watch +
    173 saves

    7 Seas Whale Watch

    Gloucester

  • Shearwater Excursions, Inc. +
    145 saves

    Shearwater Excursions, Inc.

    Nantucket

  • Capt. Bill & Sons Whale Watch +
    76 saves

    Capt. Bill & Sons Whale Watch

    Gloucester

  • Monomoy Island Excursion +
    49 saves

    Monomoy Island Excursion

    Harwich Port

  • Boston Harbor Cruises +
    26 saves

    Boston Harbor Cruises

    Boston

  • Hyannis Whale Watcher Cruises +
    13 saves

    Hyannis Whale Watcher Cruises

    Barnstable

  • Dolphin Fleet Whale Watch +
    8 saves

    Dolphin Fleet Whale Watch

    Provincetown

  • Cape Ann Whale Watch +
    5 saves

    Cape Ann Whale Watch

    Gloucester

  • Newburyport Whale Watch +
    2 saves

    Newburyport Whale Watch

    Newburyport

  • Capt'n Tim Brady & Sons +
    0 saves

    Capt'n Tim Brady & Sons

    Plymouth

  • Center for Coastal Studies +
    0 saves

    Center for Coastal Studies

    Provincetown

  • SeaSalt Charters +
    0 saves

    SeaSalt Charters

    Provincetown

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