Whale Watching Tour in Gloucester

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Gloucester, US
4.8 (4128)
Gloucester, US
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Experience the awe-inspiring world of whales on a Whale Watching Tour in Gloucester. Guaranteed whale sightings await you as you journey to Stellwagen Bank, a national marine preserve off the coast of Gloucester. This destination has been recognized as one of the "Top 5 Whale Watching Destinations in the World" by the World Wildlife Fund. Get ready to witness an incredible variety of whale species as they migrate to the coast of Gloucester to feed on the abundant natural resources. Cape Ann Whale Watch ensures that you will have the best whale watching experience in New England. Embark on a full harbor tour and learn about Gloucester's rich maritime history before reaching Stellwagen Bank, where the real adventure begins. Prepare to be amazed by the diverse marine life you encounter on this unforgettable journey. Don't miss out on this opportunity to appreciate the wonders of nature.

About this experience

  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • 4 hours
  • Suitable for 1-10 Participants
  • Private Tour, Small Group Tour
  • Guided Experience
  • Guaranteed whale sightings
  • Awe-inspiring experience
  • Variety of marine life
  • Top 5 whale watching destination
  • Full harbor tour with maritime history
  • Professional guide
  • Naturalist onboard
  • Full galley
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

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The Whale Watching Tour in Gloucester is an exhilarating experience that guarantees whale sightings on a journey to Stellwagen Bank, a national marine preserve located 12 miles off the coast of Gloucester, Massachusetts. This mesmerizing tour has been recognized as one of the "Top 5 Whale Watching Destinations in the World" by the World Wildlife Fund due to the abundant presence of various whale species that migrate to the coast of Gloucester every year to feed on the plentiful natural resources. With 45 years of expertise, Cape Ann Whale Watch promises to provide the ultimate whale watching experience in New England, ensuring an unforgettable adventure from start to finish.

What to expect?

Embark on an extraordinary journey as you join Cape Ann Whale Watch in Gloucester, Massachusetts. From the moment you set foot on the boat, you'll be treated to a captivating harbor tour, immersing you in Gloucester's rich maritime history. As you venture further towards Stellwagen Bank, a marine preserve renowned worldwide, prepare to be amazed by the magnificent marine life that awaits. The abundance of whale species that migrate here annually guarantees exceptional whale sightings and breathtaking encounters. Witness these majestic creatures in their natural habitat, creating lifetime memories of awe and wonder.

Who is this for?

This Whale Watching Tour caters to all individuals who seek an awe-inspiring experience with nature's giants. Whether you're an adventure enthusiast, a wildlife lover, or simply someone in search of a unique and unforgettable activity, this tour is for you. Families, friends, and solo travelers of all ages will find joy in observing these incredible creatures up close and personal. Cape Ann Whale Watch ensures a safe and family-friendly environment onboard, making it suitable for everyone, including nature enthusiasts, marine conservationists, and photography enthusiasts.

Why book this?

With Cape Ann Whale Watch's extensive experience and reputation as the best whale watching experience in New England, booking this tour guarantees an exceptional adventure. The opportunity to witness and connect with the diverse marine life that congregates in Stellwagen Bank is unmatched. Immerse yourself in Gloucester's maritime history and indulge in the magic of encountering these majestic creatures. From the moment you step aboard until the tour's end, the knowledgeable crew will provide captivating insights, recount fascinating stories, and ensure your comfort throughout the journey. Prepare for an awe-inspiring voyage into the realm of whales, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

Good to know

This Whale Watching Tour has a total duration of 240 minutes. The journey begins at the welcome dock of Cape Ann Whale Watch in Gloucester, Massachusetts, where you'll be surrounded by the rich maritime history of the area. The tour proceeds to Stellwagen Bank, a national marine preserve located approximately 12 miles off the coast of Gloucester. Included in the tour are various points of interest along the harbor, providing a comprehensive understanding of Gloucester's maritime heritage. It is recommended to dress in layers to adapt to changing weather conditions and to bring sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses for sun protection. Restrooms are available on board for your convenience.


Previous visitors have raved about their experiences on the Whale Watching Tour in Gloucester. They speak highly of Cape Ann Whale Watch's expertise, professionalism, and dedication to ensuring every passenger has a memorable encounter with the incredible marine life. Many have shared their amazement at the diverse range of whales observed and the knowledgeable crew's ability to provide engaging and informative commentary throughout the tour. Visitors were particularly captivated by the intimate moments shared with these magnificent creatures, leaving them with a newfound appreciation for the wonders of nature. Overall, reviews reflect immense satisfaction with this exceptional whale watching experience.

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415 Main St

Cape Ann Whale Watch

Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary



4.8 (4128)


The whole trip was amazing. It was easy to check in and board the boat. Even though it was a sold out trip, there was plenty of room on the boat to sit or stand and see the whales. Lastly the whales were amazing! Most fun was seeing a mother with her calf, and the calf playing while their mom fed.


Everything about Gloucester is an experience that needs one to take a deep breath, clear the head and appreciate. It is a gift and Cape Ann Whale tours gets it perfectly.


Great experience - we Saw lots of whales on our trip. Very good guide and captain, who were able to spot, navigate and tell us a lot of the whales we Saw. Including several fin whales


We saw many whales. The Captain and crew were knowledgeable. My husband and I had a wonderful time. I would recommend this trip.


This was absolutely amazing! I have been on so many “watches” all over and this was one of a kind! We saw sharks, and a few different whales! It was an experience we will never forget. We will absolutely be back!


If you are visiting Cape Ann for a few days, summer or fall you must take a trip on CAWW!! What an incredible trip we recently had! Beat the heat, Whales Breeching completely out of the water, multiple citing only a few miles from picturesque coastline of Cape Ann. The Capt and crew are quick to spot the massive mammals and Capt John K swings the boat around so both sides get a view and he gets up close, but doesn’t crowd. A Naturalist on board is giving you all the info you need on whales and other sealife along the way, be it tuna, turtles, dolphins! Huge boat with inside seating plentiful food and beverages and super fast to the whales! Extremely well run family operation for two generations!!


Was a really great day and the crew was fabulous the experience was unforgettable Thanks again Tommy


It was an amazing experience. The boat and staff was phenomenal. My family absolutely loved this experience and we hope to return soon.

Kathleen C

Had a wonderful whale watching experience! The entire crew was helpful, knowledgeable, and friendly. The naturalists on board gave us insightful information about the habitat, the whales, and the leatherback sea turtle we saw too! Highly recommend Cape Ann Whale Watching, it was the highlight of our trip to Cape Ann region.


Great instruction. Great weather. Great show. Lots of breaching, fin slapping, diving, and a rare leather back turtle!
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