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Sunday, July 22, 2018

Whale Watching on Cape Cod

The World Wildlife Fund ranks Massachusetts as one of the top 10 whale watching spots in the world. And that watching is never better than in the Summer. 

First, if you care about whales, it’s your best chance to spot the seriously rare Northern Right Whale. Second, if you care about crowds, book your trip early. You’ll also save travel time if you depart from Barnstable Harbor, just north of Hyannis, rather than Provincetown, at the end of the Cape.

Hyannis Whale Watcher Cruises features a purpose-built high-speed ship with comfortable interior space and outdoor decks for viewing. Onboard naturalists make the voyage more educational and entertaining; you may want to bring binoculars for bird watching and for spotting shore attractions, including (on clear days) the Pilgrim Monument in Provincetown and Race Point Lighthouse at the tip of the Cape. Ticket prices are $53 for adults (13+), $45 for seniors over 62; $33 for children 4-12 (3 and under are $3.) The trip lasts about 4 hours, a good bit of which is occupied in getting to the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. Times are 8 am and 1 pm this Sunday. 

With the magic of seeing these magnificent creatures (the company says its sighting rate is 99%), now’s the time to book – whale watching is probably Cape Cod’s most popular activities!