2020 Schedule*
The 2020 has ended. We look forward to welcoming you aboard again in 2021. Please check back soon for 2021 schedule.
2020 Rates*
One Way
Senior (65+)$47
Children (3-11 years)$35
Children under 3:$18
Great for Groups
Whale Watch groups of 25 or more guests (advanced reservation required) will qualify for the discounted Group rate.

Whale Watch / New England Aquarium Combo tickets are available for groups of 10 or more guests at the discounted Group rate. Please note: Combo groups are required to book at least 48 hours in advance of visit, and full payment is due at the time of booking via any major credit card.

Our Group Sales department is always on hand and prepared to help with any request including specialty or private tours, water transportation, deluxe boxed lunches, and beverage services. We also offer privately chartered events on a collection of sleek yachts and passenger vessels.

To learn more about our Group Tours services, please contact Doug Hall in our group sales office at [email protected] . Or, Tell us a little about your group and we’ll get right back to you.

To learn more about our Private Charters, please contact our Sales Team or share your event details and we'll reply with a custom proposal.

Do you recommend advance reservations?

We strongly recommend that you reserve your trip, especially on weekends and holidays. Trips often sell out.

Can I make a ticket reservation online?

When should I arrive?

Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your departure time to allow for boarding.

Is discounted/validated parking available?

Discounted/validated parking is available in two locations, PLEASE READ CAREFULLY:

The Harbor Garage, 70 E. India Row, Boston, (in front of the Aquarium plaza) – Receive $10 off the $38 daily rate with validation at the whale watch booth. Good for up to eight hours. PLEASE NOTE:  Please get your ticket validated BEFORE boarding.  In order to receive the discount, you must present the validation when paying as you exit the garage.  If you prepay for parking when entering the garage, you will not be able to receive the discount.

Rowes Wharf Garage, 30 Rowes Wharf, Boston – With validation, you pay $28.00 on weekdays and $15.00 on weekends. Rate without validation is up to $36 for weekdays and up to $18 for weekends. In order to get the discount, you must pick up a coupon from the info desk inside the Aquarium before your whale watch departs.

What should I bring?

Comfortable rubber-soled shoes or sneakers are a good idea, along with a light sweater or jacket, even on a warm day. Sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat are a must, and don’t forget your camera or binoculars.  Also, we strongly recommend that you have cash in hand if you plan to make onboard purchases at the galley.

Is there food on board?

Our galleys offer a terrific selection of breakfast and lunch sandwiches, tasty snacks such as hot pretzels, popcorn and chips, nutritional bars, fresh fruit, nuts and cereals. Fruit juices, tea, sports drinks and other beverages are also available along with beer, wine and cocktails. Please Note: at sea, credit/debit card transactions are sometimes not possible, so it’s a good idea to have cash in hand.

Can I use my credit card for onboard purchases such as snacks and drinks?

At sea, a lack of connectivity can sometimes make credit/debit card transactions impossible, thus requiring the galley to be “Cash Only”.  Therefore, we strongly recommend that you have cash in hand if you plan to make onboard purchases.

When is the best time to go whale watching?

Our season runs from March through November.

What happens if we don't see any whales?

Whale sightings are fully guaranteed. If there are no whale sightings on your trip, you will receive a free ticket for a future trip with us.

Do passengers ever experience motion sickness?

Our catamarans are designed to be highly stable, but some passengers may experience motion sickness. If you think this could be you, a medication such as Dramamine may help but you should take it at least an hour before boarding. Riding near the front of the boat and facing forward can help, as can ginger, crackers and keeping your head still by resting on a seat back.

How long is the trip?

The location of the whales may require more travel time, extending the trip beyond three hours. Please allow for additional time in your schedule.  The average trip is between 3.5 to 4 hours.

What happens if I've reserved tickets but can't make it for the cruise?

Advance-order Whale Watch tickets are non-refundable. But, they may be transferred to another day and time depending on availability. Transfers cannot be handled online, only over the phone or in person at a BHC or New England Aquarium Whale Watch ticket center.

Do you offer discounts for large groups?

We do have discounted group rates for parties of 25 or more. Please see our Group Tours page for more information.

Do you offer private charters?

We do have yachts and passenger vessels available to be chartered for private events.  Please email our Sales Team for more information.

Can I learn about recent sightings or see photos from my whale watch trip?

Check out our Whale Blog with a recap and pictures of every trip during the season.

Are drones allowed onboard?

No.  Drones are not allowed on any BHC vessels.

Are pets allowed on BHC boats?

BHC is pet-friendly and offers many cruises that do allow pets – with some restrictions and exclusions.

  • Animals onboard must be kept with you and leashed or kept in a carrier at all times.
  • For safety reasons, pets are not allowed on Codzilla.
  • Service animals ONLY are permitted in the Boston Harbor Islands State and National Park.
  • Pets onboard the Provincetown Ferry must be kept on the inside or outside of the Main Deck only. For the consideration of other passengers, please no pets on the upper deck.

PLEASE NOTE: Pet owners should be aware of the length of the cruise that they are embarking on (up to 4 hours for whale watches and 90 minutes for Provincetown Ferry) and consider if it is appropriate for the pet’s comfort and wellbeing.

Are gift cards available?

Yes. You may purchase gift cards online, over the phone or in-person at our ticket booths. Or use the information on our contact page to call or email us and we’ll get right back to you.