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Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary

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Massachusetts Bay, Scituate, MA
+1 781-545-8026
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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 sanctuary its name. The nutrient-rich waters above and around the bank support a dynamic and diverse ecosystem that has been famous as a fishing ground for more than 400 years and claims status as the birthplace of East Coast whale watching and is one of the world's premiere sites to view whales. Historic New England shipping routes cross the sanctuary, and over the course of centuries, the seafloor here has become a repository for shipwrecks - time capsules of our maritime heritage. The entire sanctuary encompasses 842-square miles of open ocean about 25 miles east of Boston. Visitors can enjoy recreational activities such as whale watching, bird watching, diving, and fishing.
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1 Feb 2017
“Whales, whales, whales”
11 Sep 2016
“Amazing experience”
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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Massachusetts Bay, Scituate, MA
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+1 781-545-8026
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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

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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

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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!

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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

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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

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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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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
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