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Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary

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5 Sep 2018
“Labor Day weekend with the whales at Stellwagen”
1 Feb 2017
“Whales, whales, whales”
The slow retreat of massive Ice Age glaciers formed what is today the seafloor of Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. At the mouth of Massachusetts Bay and centrally-located in the sanctuary is the sand and gravel plateau that gives the...more
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
Massachusetts Bay, Scituate, MA
+1 781-545-8026
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Reviewed 6 September 2018

This was a great experience and there were an abundance of whales to view! At one point, three were 2 whales to the right of boat, 2 to the left of boat and 2 directly in front of boat. They were diving and waving flippers...More

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Reviewed 2 February 2017

We saw whales and and although the ride is choppy, it is well worth the trip. Hard to believe that there is something that cool so close to the shore. We will go again and again.

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Reviewed 12 September 2016

Whether you go on one of the whale watch boats or are able to take a ride on a private boat...don't miss the opportunity to see the whales here at Stellwagen Bank. In all the years that we have gone, we have had a different...More

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Reviewed 5 September 2016

The Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary is a massive 845 square mile in Federal waters off the coast of Massachusetts from Gloucester to Cape Cod. It is a feeding area for tuna and large fish and a feeding playground for whales. About one and a...More

Thank frugalarnie
Reviewed 2 September 2015

The one & half hour boat ride to this Marine Sanctuary is really worth the ride when one gets to see Whales so closeby. We are told that most of the time one is able to view Whales here & the Sanctuary Experts & the...More

2  Thank Hemant01
Reviewed 19 June 2015

If you have a chance to take a whale watching trip. Go for it. We were out there one day and had to have seen at least 100 whales. (No exaggerating) INCREDIBLE!

1  Thank LAK143
Reviewed 12 June 2015

Because of poor weather conditions, it took several tries from two locations to get this in, but it was well worth it. We ended up on a successful expedition out of Boston with the NE Aquarium. The seas were quite rough to start, but the...More

1  Thank Virginia G
Reviewed 26 November 2013

The Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary headquarters is located in Scituate and has scheduled open houses, events and workshops open to the public. The sanctuary itself is over 800 square miles and is about 11 miles from Scituate. It is the best location for whale...More

2  Thank Paula T
Reviewed 27 August 2012

We live in the area and do 1 or 2 whale watches every year. This is such a beautiful place. We always see whales and the boat ride is so nice. Highly recommended.

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26 April 2016|
Response from NOAA-ONMS | Property representative |
Visits to the sanctuary are usually made via whale watching vessels that depart from Provincetown, Barnstable, Plymouth, Boston, Gloucester and Newburyport. Most whale watch companies operate from May through October. Trips... More