While most are amazed by the sublime, majestic nature of whales, a small, paranoid minority wonders what would happen to mankind if whales had legs. Worship or worry as you see fit with today's Groupon: for $25, you get one ticket to see tons of marine mammals with Cape Ann Whale Watch (a $45 value). Your Groupon is good for most of the 2011 season.
Cape Ann Whale Watch shoves off from Gloucester, where it has served more than 600,000 customers during its more than 30 years of service. Bring sunscreen, sunglasses, a camera, sweater or jacket, and gym shoes (it gets brisk on the high seas) for your journey aboard the largest and fastest whale-watching vessel north of Boston, the Hurricane II. Tour-goers often see humpback, minke, and finback whales, as well as dolphins. Your tour narrator, a salt-crusted member of the Ocean Alliance, will point out each whale, try to strike up a conversation with it, and totally get shot down.
A whale watch makes a great family outing—your kids may even prefer whales to playing Endless Ocean on their Wii. Buy up to 15 Groupons for an entire Boy or Girl Scout Troop to have the ultimate nature trip. A whale watch also makes a great date as the whales' tranquil moans are a far smoother soundtrack than any of the four volumes of Barry White Sings Whale Songs.
While Cape Ann Whale Watch offers no promise of a Geppetto experience, you are guaranteed to catch a glimpse of these majestic beasts’ sleek posteriors, or your next trip is free and your captain will be fed to the whales.
There is a limit of 50 Groupon customers for 1:30 p.m. sailing on Saturdays and Sundays in July and August. Seats are filled on a first-come, first-served basis, so call ahead and reserve your seat.
- The ride out was smooth and relaxing and the crew were helpful and more than generous! We saw about 10 whales while we were our there and it was absolutely amazing! Besides seeing many beautiful whales (including a seal in the harbor!!!) the trip was FUN! – JenPiasecki, TripAdvisor
- Just got home from an amazing trip out on the ocean. It was the perfect day for whale watching. – April P., Yelp
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.
415 Main St.
Gloucester, Massachusetts 01930Get Directions