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.
$58 for Two Adult Tickets for a Whale-Watching Cruise ($96 Value)
Each customer receives two adult tickets to any 2013 season whale-watching cruise, including the fuel charge. Although opening dates depend on the weather, the whale-watching season typically runs from mid-April or early May through October. Children younger than 3 are admitted free of charge except for trips during weekend afternoons July 1–October 1. There is limited availability for tours on Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 p.m. from July 1 through October 1.
Cape Ann Whale Watch
Since 1979, the whale-watching pioneers of Cape Ann Whale Watch have escorted more than half a million spectators fascinated by the sea's magnificent leviathans on three- to four-hour treks 15 miles off the Gloucester coast, earning it a spot on the Top 5 American Whale-Watching Tours by Joshua Horwitz, author of War of the Whales. Aboard the lightning-fast 115-foot Hurricane II, passengers can witness the natural grace of humpback whales, finback whales, dolphins, and pirates disguised as mermaids feeding and frolicking just feet from the boat. In the course of the approximately 30-mile circuit, a naturalist from Whale Cetacean Alliance narrates excursions, illumining the sight of each water dweller by discussing why whales breach, how to recognize individual humpbacks, and various feeding styles.