Whale or Dolphin Watching from Cape May Whale Watch & Research Center (Up to 54% Off). Four Options Available.

Utsch's Marina

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In a Nutshell

Boats ride up alongside playful dolphins and graceful whales for up-close viewing, and a guide points out marine life and historical sites

The Fine Print

Expires 120 days after purchase. Limit 4 per person, may buy 4 additional as gifts. Limit 4 per visit. Subject to availability. Reservation required. 24-hour cancellation notice required. Subject to weather conditions. Children under 6 are free, one per paying adult. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Just like humans, whales bring their young along on thousand-mile journeys and never, ever let them stop to see the World’s Longest Piece of Kelp. Do some seaborne bonding with this Groupon.

Choose from Four Options

The Whales, Birds & Dolphins cruise begins on Saturday, April 27, the Dolphin Watch cruise is available starting on Saturday, May 4, and the Sunset Dolphin Watch cruise resumes on Saturday, May 25. During two- or three-hour tours, experienced captains ferry passengers into the thick of where whales breach and dolphins play for an intimate and exciting viewing experience. As the boat circles the island of Cape May, a knowledgeable naturalist guide helps passengers spot breaching dolphins or whales and alerts them to passing sea birds and other creatures.

The 10 a.m. cruise includes complimentary juice, coffee, and donuts, and the 6 p.m. cruise includes complimentary pizza and hot dogs. Snacks and drinks including soda, water, and adult beverages will be available for purchase on each cruise. Children ages 6 and younger are admitted for free, one child per paying adult.

Cape May Whale Watch & Research Center

In 2012, after more than two decades studying marine mammals off the New Jersey coast, the founders of the Cape May Whale Watch & Research Center welcomed the American Star into port. The whale-watching vessel journeyed more than 8,700 nautical miles from Seward, Alaska to Cape May, allowing the opportunistic research team to expand its private-exploration and public-sightseeing operations.

Today, the Research Center’s captains and guides effectively welcome up to 150 passengers on the opportunistic research team, relaying the basics of wildlife scouting before boogying into Poseidon's ballroom to scope out dolphins, whales, and birds around the island of Cape May. An enclosed, climate-controlled cabin keeps passengers comfortable during misty weather, and multiple, spacious sundecks allow for up-close views of migrating whale pods. On-board sonar, radar, cameras, and GPS capabilities facilitate up-close, unobtrusive sightings of nature in action.



Reviews

Our crew was very informative and helpful. We enjoyed ourselves thoroughly.

GinaBif, TripAdvisor, 6/4/12

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91% of 600 customers

  • “everything went very well. enjoyed the morning trip. staff was very polite and knowledgeable. great for kids and adults also. ”

  • “Wonderful trip, good crew, very informative.”

  • “Had a great time - trip was well worth the money. We were lucky enough to see a humpback whale right next to our ship. The researchers onboard were knowledgeable,...”

    “Had a great time - trip was well worth the money. We were lucky enough to see a humpback whale right next to our ship. The researchers onboard were knowledgeable, friendly and gave out interesting details during the tour.”

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    Utsch's Marina

    1121 Route 109

    Cape May, New Jersey 08204

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