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Cape Ann Whale Watch, Gloucester

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Dolphin / Whale Watching · Wildlife Area
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Cape Ann Whale Watch in Gloucester, Massachusetts provides guaranteed whale sightings for every whale watching tour out to Stellwagen Bank, a national marine preserve about 12 miles off the coast of Gloucester deemed one of the "Top 5 Whale Watching Destinations in the World" by the World Wildlife Fund due to the wide variety of whale species whom migrate to the coast of Gloucester, Massachusetts every year to feed on the abundant natural resources. We provide the best whale watching in New England as it's an awe-inspiring experience which every human being should have the opportunity to appreciate. We make it a very special event.



For over 35 years, Cape Ann Whale Watch has been dazzling whale watching enthusiasts with sightseeing tours aboard the largest, fastest and most elegant whale watching vessel in Massachusetts, north of Boston, Massachusetts aptly named "The Hurricane II" due to its immense size and speed as it descends upon its destination. Cape Ann Whale Watch's patrons have the opportunity to spend a lot more time with the whales than with other whale watching companies in Gloucester MA since "The Hurricane II" gets to the whales' feeding grounds with much more expediency as well as traveling home faster, therefore more time is actually spent observing whales including but not limited to Humpback Whales, Minke Whales, Northern Right Whales, Pilot Whales, Northern Right Whales, Sperm Whales, Sei Whales, Blue Whales (The Largest Whales in the Seven Seas yet seldom seen around Gloucester MA), Fin Whales, Atlantic White Sided Dolphins, Harbor Porpoises and whole host of other fascinating marine creatures as we deliver the best whale watching excursion in Massachusetts.

"The Hurricane II" boasts 115 ft length with over 400 ft of whale watching room from the railings of the upper and lower observation decks for optimum whale watching conditions. There is a heated, furnished indoor cabin with a full service galley serving hot meals, snacks and cold beverages as well as a fully stocked bar with local brews, popular beer, wine and mixed drinks. Cape Ann Whale Watch is truly the finest whale watching tour in the Boston MA area offering the highest level of quality, comfort and service at the cheapest, most affordable price suitable for any family entertainment budget whether on vacation or a day trip. We offer AAA discounts on the adult tickets. We also offer reduced rates for seniors, children and military families.

We go where the whales go. Our vessels communicate with each other as to the location of whales so we will go anywhere to see them on the North Shore or South Shore of Massachusetts including off the coast of Boston, Massachusetts: Salem MA, Newburyport, Cape Cod, Hampton NH, Rowley, Rockport MA, Danvers, Peabody, Swampscott, Revere, Winthrop or wherever else the whales may roam.
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  • We go on a whale watch every year. Usually Cape Ann Whale Watch. We always see whales. Sometimes dolphins (we did this trip) which is so much fun to watch them bounding around. The only reason I gave....  more
    We go on a whale watch every year. Usually Cape Ann Whale Watch. We always see whales. Sometimes dolphins (we did this trip) which is so much fun to watch them bounding around. The only reason I gave....  more »
  • Awesome time! Saw a humpback within first 45 minutes and then saw a pod of dolphins which was rare. The captain was fantastic. He made sure we saw everything we could. The women (forgot her name... 
    Awesome time! Saw a humpback within first 45 minutes and then saw a pod of dolphins which was rare. The captain was fantastic. He made sure we saw everything we could. The women (forgot her name...  more »
  • Loved it! This is my third visit in three years. We always see whales and learn from the naturalists on board. 
    Loved it! This is my third visit in three years. We always see whales and learn from the naturalists on board.  more »
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  • Highly recommended! Was a great experience, boat was on time, loaded quick and on the way! Staff was very knowledgeable and you can definitely tell they love what they do. We did see quite a bit of whales so and I would definitely go back and do it again! Only critique I would say for staff is to ask the passengers to scoot closer and be considerate of the people having to stand. It’s a long ride and there were several people having to stand because people sit spaced apart or put their bags on the seats. Besides that excellent tour, 100% recommended!
  • Such a quintessential New England excursion and worth every moment. We found Cape Ann Whale Watch to be a great choice for our day of watching. If you've never gone, do expect this to be a several hour-long trip (4ish hours?) and although there's indoor seating as well, outdoor is best (front, back, sides, and upstairs on the ship). Even in the summer heat, you will be exposed to the open ocean and spray, so be sure to bring a hat if you plan to sit up top, and a sweatshirt or jacket - dress appropriately overall, with proper footwear, too. We were properly dressed and felt comfortable for our trip's duration, but it was easily 80 degrees and other parties were cold even in shorts and t-shirts. The boat we were on was clean, but completely full with passengers. Our party was fortunate enough to find bench seating along the perimeter of the boat, which allowed us perfect views and minimal crowds. We enjoyed seeing several whales, maybe 6 or so, and were in awe of their true majesty. The Captain maneuvers the boat so everyone on all sides gets a view. If you're just visiting or even if you're a New England local, a whale watch is such a wonderful experience for all ages, and the knowledgeable staff of Cape Ann WW does a great job ensuring safe travels & great views. Highly recommend!
  • We had the best time! The staff was excellent. They had so much information and were happy to answer any and all questions. There were plenty of restrooms and a fully stocked bar and galley. We saw so many whales. 2 mother and calf pairs. We saw spy hopping, breaching and open mouth feeding. It was truly incredible for my Mom and granddaughters first whale watch.
  • 5/5 because we had a great trip and saw actually Atlantic white-sided dolphins and a humpback whale. While the crew explains a lot around the animals during the actual sighting, it would be great to have some more communication during the trip out to the open Atlantic Ocean (where do we go, how long takes the trip, what’s the overall plan, weather, water depths, etc.) our trip to the actual sighting site took almost 2 hrs and during that time it would have been great to have some more knowledge of what it is going on. That’s just an friendly suggestion - like I said, we still had a great day and would definitely come back.
  • The whale watching cruise was a awesome experience and would definitely do it again with Cape Ann Whale Watch. We had to go out like 23 miles off of shore before we seen signs of a whale. We seen two different whales with in the 1:00-1:15 time to sitting in the ocean. Our tour guide was named Jamie. She was amazing with so much knowledge about the whales. It was a great day!

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