When is the best time to watch whales in New England?


Have you ever seen whales? Apparently I went there when I was a kid in Massachusetts with my family and when my mom recently asked me if I remember going there, I said, “I don’t remember. having observed whales, but I strangely remember blueberries? She laughed and said I was just sitting there with my head down eating blueberries.

Anyway I went on a bender a few months ago watching whale documentaries for no particular reason but it made me realize that I had never seen a whale in person which I wonder remember. Apparently blueberries are more impressionable than a 30,000 pound mammal.

When is whale watching season in New England?

First of all, if you’re going whale hunting, you need to know when to do it. There is a whole website dedicated to whale tours and they let us know that the best time to go whale watching in New England is between May and October. So, the whale watching season has just begun!

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The peak months for whale watching here in the North are July and August, so if you want to go when they’re most active, you have plenty of time to plan ahead. These are also great months to be on a boat in New England waters in general.

Where should I go whale watching in New England?

According to the same site, 80% of whale watching tours in New England take place between Cape Ann and Cape Cod in Massachusetts. Visits to these areas will give you the best chance to catch your eyes on the fin whales, humpback whales and minke whales of our coast.

But, you really can’t go wrong going whale watching anywhere in New England, even here in Maine. US News breaks down what you need to know for whale watching in Pine Tree State, with tips such as going on a clear, sunny day, as our state’s thick fog on the coast will affect visibility.

And of course, you can even go whale watching in New Hampshire.

No matter where you choose to go, whale watching season has arrived and you have plenty of time to make your plans, choose your boat and excursion, invite friends over and go see the big ones. Earth animals (which we know about…but I’ll dive into that conspiracy theory another day…).

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