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Cape Ann Whale Watch

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Address: 415 Main St, 01930, Gloucester, MA 01930-3006
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+1 978-283-5110
05:00 - 19:00
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Cape Ann Whale Watch in Gloucester, Massachusetts provides guaranteed whale...

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 chose to go on an afternoon tour as we had a two hour drive from Boston. Check in was 1.00 p.m. We boarded around 1.15 and after a brief presentation by the tour guides... read more

Reviewed 7 September 2015
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Reviewed 8 September 2015

We choosed cape ann whale watch by reading its review and I would give 3.5/5.. They educated us in whole trip about diff types of whales but I was expecting (of course I should nt) whales in the air, I did not find so.. After long waiting time, we got to see that 8-10 whales and lo of dolphins.. Captain... More 

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CAWW1979, Owner at Cape Ann Whale Watch, responded to this review

Dear Sanju, Thanks for taking time out of your day to recognize us on TripAdvisor. What's so great about a whale watching experience is that you never know what you will see out there. We can not predict what we will see, how many of each species we will see or what the whales will do. Our job is to... More 

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Reviewed 7 September 2015

We chose to go on an afternoon tour as we had a two hour drive from Boston. Check in was 1.00 p.m. We boarded around 1.15 and after a brief presentation by the tour guides departed around 1.30. We had to take a 2hr boat ride before we saw our first whales. There were 2 big whales we were able... More 

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CAWW1979, Owner at Cape Ann Whale Watch, responded to this review

Dear Dharshi, Thanks for the great review, we appreciate the time you took out of your day for such a positive response. We take great pride in all of our educators on board; most of them being college students who are using their experience as college credits. Cynde does a fantastic job preparing all of our educators on board to... More 

The Woodlands, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 663 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 September 2015

Although it took us several months to get out on the boat due to weather conditions, we finally were able to use our Groupon tickets for a weekday whale watching trip while we were visiting Salem. If you are out of town, you may want to wait until you arrive to buy tickets. It is disappointing to accrue gas, hotel... More 

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Weatherford, TX
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Reviewed 4 September 2015

We did a morning tour on a Tuesday. Went way out and got to see five humpbacks. Captain stayed out with the whales for a LONG time. It was INCREDIBLE. Crew was very knowledgeable and friendly. Seas were smooth and weather was great. I would do this again in a heartbeat. The whales swam right under the vessel and we... More 

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West Newfield, Maine
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Reviewed 2 September 2015

Wow what a great experience. We went out on Saturday August 29th @ 8:30 am on the Hurricane II. Went about 28 miles out and we saw 4 very large humpbacks a momma humpback and her calf. They were so amazing and so unaffected by us being there. The Boat, captain and whole day was fantastic. But I have to... More 

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Reviewed 2 September 2015

This is well worth the money - we did manage to get a groupon for $29 each which was a great saving as there were 4 of us. It was a very foggy afternoon and we were rather worried that we wouldn't see whales. The journey out was made much quicker by Cindy and the crews excellent talk and information... More 

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Apache Junction, Arizona
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Reviewed 1 September 2015

This was the best whale watch that we had ever seen. The weather cooperated this time and it was the best ever. We had seen plenty of activity and the crew kept us informed as to were to look constantly. It was a fantastic time out to sea.

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Reviewed 31 August 2015 via mobile

Crew did a good job. Boat is big and comfortable. They do a good job with whale education and they got us within about 150 yards of whales. We got a better rate by using a grupon on internet.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 31 August 2015

The price is $48 but with the groupon it was $29; either way it is well worth it. The total trip, officially 3-4 hours on website, was 5 hours, told to us by our guides in advance of departure because the whales were further out than usual. There were tons of whale sightings, maybe about 20 or 25. Half of... More 

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Reviewed 26 August 2015

We went out for a 5 hour fishing trip with Captain Nick and mate Caden. We caught our limit on Haddock, really nice size as well. We also caught a few cod and released and red fish. There wasn't 5 minutes when our lines were in the water when we were not catching something. Captain Nick saw a waterspout and... More 

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