Take the kids to see whales or dolphins! These NJ whale-watching trips (in the spring, summer and to fall) will give you a day on the water the kids won’t forget.
Whale Watcher in Cape May
1218 Wilson Drive, Cape May
This 3-hour trip includes encounters with whales and dolphins, plus a lesson on the history of sea life in South Jersey from the ship’s captains and naturalists. While waiting to see a dolphin or a humpback/fin whale, snack on food from the snack bar or sip wine or various cocktails.
$50 adults, $35 children (7-12); children under 6 are admitted free.
The Starlight Fleet
6200 Park Blvd. Wildwood Crest
Take a two-hour walk along the Wildwoods coast in search of dolphins, which usually play and swim a short distance from the boat. As you cruise for the dolphins, spend time exploring the onboard touch tanks and spot seabirds, sea turtles and other marine life with the help of naturalists, who can also answer questions from the children.
Adults $32; children (7-12 years) $22; children 6 and under are admitted free.
Atlantic City Cruises
800 North New Hampshire Avenue, Atlantic City
While they can’t guarantee exactly how many dolphins you’ll see on this sea voyage, Atlantic Sea Cruises’ sea enthusiasts are sure that the commentary of an onboard marine naturalist – who will also help pointing out the sites along the way- will make your dolphin-watching experience memorable. Adults (16-61) $40; seniors/military/students with ID: $35 children $20 (5-15) and children under 4 ride free.
Miss Avalon Dolphin & Nature Cruises
14th and Ocean Drive, Avalon
This 1.5-hour excursion features sightings of dolphins, seabirds, and even sea otters, plus onboard naturalists who will take you on a guided tour of Cedar Island and the Atlantic Ocean . Children can also discover the huge collection of shells and bones.
Adults $25; children $19.
Cape May Whale Watching and Research Center
1231 Route 109 (Marina South Jersey), Cape May
With outings ranging from a 2-hour dolphin cruise to a 12-hour “Offshore Marine Life and Pelagic Bird Tour”, the Cape May Whale Watch & Research Center offers plenty of whale watching opportunities. wildlife. Eat a free danish on a morning boat ride around Cape May or watch whales, birds and dolphins in the afternoon. A fully equipped kitchen will ensure you don’t go hungry while on the boat. Plus, with discounted rates for groups of 25 or more, there’s no reason not to round up 24 of your closest friends and set sail!
Prices start at $37 for adults and $27 for children.
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