Whale Watching Boston
When is the best time? May, June, July, August, September and October are the months for whale watching from Boston with great sighthings. Each summer the whales migrate to Massachusetts and back to warmer water when the weather gets cold.
Time of Day
In terms of sightings there is no big difference between mornings or afternoon. Mornings are usually less crowded though.
Weather and Sea
During the months of July, August and September the weather is generally more consistently pleasant. However, the whales even come out in the rain. If sea sickness is an issue for you check the weather forecast first to choose a calm day for whale watching. Marine weather Boston Harbor
Massachusetts is well known for a high concentration of humpback whales, finback whales, sometimes minke whales and dolphins, therefore, many agencies give a guarantee. If you do not spot a whale, you get a lifetime rain check.
The humpbacks return every summer for feeding and teaching the young ones how to hunt. Luckily, most of the area is protected by Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. Usually, the boat trips last 3 - 4 hours, depending on sightings. It took one hour to get out and one hour back to the harbor. We spent more than an hour close to the whales. Sea sickness is possible especially during windy days. I felt very comfortable on the huge boat.
What to Bring
- Warm jacket (10-15°F colder out on the sea)
- Sun protection
We booked our tour with Boston Harbor Cruises. It's recommend to book in advance as they sell out fast. Naturalists from the New England Aquarium are on board to share their knowledge and answer questions.