A recent survey ranks whales' bellies ahead of safety deposit boxes and mattresses as the preferred place to store valuables. Experience one of nature's most priceless resources with today's Groupon to the Cape May Whale Watch & Research Center operated by The Starlight Fleet in Cape May, New Jersey. Kids 6 and under are free with each paid adult. Choose between the following options:
• For $15, you get one admission to a two-hour dolphin-watching tour at 10 a.m. or 6 p.m. (a $20 value for juniors, a $30 value for adults).
• For $20, you get one admission to a three-hour whale-, bird-, and dolphin-watching tour at 1 p.m. (a $25 value for juniors, a $40 value for adults).
The Cape May Whale Watch & Research Center’s 80-foot boat keeps patrons comfortably afloat as they scour the deep seas for humpbacks and their cetacean brethren. Set sail on the M/V Whale Watcher, which boasts design elements that allow for unobtrusive, up-close viewing of whales, dolphins, and runaway goldfish. On the two-hour Around Cape May morning cruise, guests dine on a complimentary donuts, orange juice, and coffee as the boat encircles the island of Cape May and its historic sites, such as the location where George Washington slayed his first sea serpent. Whales, birds, and dolphins all sate the hungry eyes of passengers on the afternoon three-hour Big One tour, and evening seafarers can fill up on the two-hour dinner cruise's complimentary pizza and hot dogs as the vessel winds its way completely around the island.
The Starlight Fleet
The ships that comprise The Starlight Fleet's squadron of vessels each transport passengers across the waves on a variety of sea adventures. The Starlight ferries fisherman on four-hour excursions to hook sea bass, flounder, croakers and triggerfish, the captain using sonar, GPS, and a knowledge of the currents to identify prime fishing real estate. The Atlantic Star typically serves as a whale-watching vessel and is kitted out with a snack-filled galley and a touch tank filled with horseshoe crabs and other local sea life.
The company even boasts its very own pirate ship, The Dark Star, a custom-designed vessel built by Naval Architect Michael LeMole. It takes passengers on swashbuckling adventures during which they learn what a swash is and how to buckle it, as well as participate in treasure hunts and face painting.