Like celebrities, whales frequently bask in the flash of onlookers' cameras but will retreat to their underwater caves when overwhelmed. Spy sociable whales with this Groupon.
$29 for an Adult Ticket for a Whale-Watching Cruise (Up to $48 Value)
This ticket is good for any of the cruises in the 2013 season. At least once a day, the Hurricane II puts to sea in search of whales—and you're guaranteed to see one, though not necessarily the minke whale that swallowed James Thurber in 1961.
Student, senior, and military discounted tickets are available but this Groupon still offers the best deal available. Children 3 and under are free except on weekend afternoons through the end of September.
Cape Ann Whale Watch
For more than three decades, Cape Ann Whale Watch has escorted spectators fascinated by the sea's magnificent giants on three- to four-hour treks 15 miles off the Gloucester coast. Passengers on the 115-foot professionally piloted Hurricane II can witness the natural grace of humpback whales, finback whales, dolphins, and pirates disguised as mermaids cavorting in the depths. In the course of the approximately 60-mile circuit, a member of Planet Whale narrates excursions, illumining the sight of each water dweller by discussing why whales breach, how to recognize individual humpbacks, and various feeding styles.