It’s whale watching season in Boston! Whether you’re headed to the city for a family-friendly adventure or a romantic date, whale watching in Boston is a perfect escape for day-trippers of all ages. And getting there doesn’t have to be a hassle.
Rather than battling Boston traffic and paying an arm and a leg to park, consider catching a C&J bus to South Station. From there, it’s easy to get to Boston Harbor Cruises for a New England Aquarium Whale Watch.
South Station to Boston Harbor Cruises on the T
Follow these step-by-step instructions to get from South Station to the Aquarium dock via the T.
- At South Station, board the Red Line toward Alewife.
- Connect with the Green Line at Park St.
- Connect with the Blue Line at Government Center.
- Take the Blue Line toward the Airport.
- Get off at the Aquarium stop.
Boston Harbor Cruises is located right beside the east end of the station (follow the exit signs for the Aquarium).
Walking from South Station to the Aquarium
Feel like getting some exercise? Skip the T and walk to Boston Harbor Cruises from South Station – it shouldn’t take more than 15 minutes.
- When you leave South Station, head northwest on Summer St.
- Then turn right onto Atlantic Ave.
- In less than a quarter-mile, make a slight right to stay on Atlantic Ave.
- Continue on Atlantic for another quarter mile.
- Then turn right onto Milk St.
- Make another slight right onto Old Atlantic Ave.
The New England Aquarium will be on your right.
Whale Watching in Boston
Boston Harbor Cruises’ catamarans are fast, comfortable and feature three viewing decks, a climate-controlled cabin, cushy seating, a galley offering refreshments for purchase, and a team of naturalists ready share their knowledge.
The destination is Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. This underwater plateau is one of the world’s premier wildlife viewing areas and a robust feeding hot-spot ground for whales, dolphins and other marine life, including an array of sea birds.
It’s also home to a number of species of whales, including humpbacks and right whales (which are considered critically endangered). White-sided dolphins may also come out to play. Don’t forget to bring your camera, sunscreen, binoculars and a light layer.
Relax and Have Fun with C&J
Set yourself up for a fun, relaxing day and leave the car at home. Catch a C&J bus from Dover, Portsmouth or Newburyport to South Station and either grab the T or walk to the New England Aquarium for a whale watching experience you’ll never forget.