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
- $30 for the 10 a.m.‒noon Dolphin Watch cruise or the 6 p.m.‒8 p.m. Sunset Dolphin Watch cruise for two (up to a $60 value)
- $55 for one of the above 10 a.m. or 6 p.m. cruises for four (up to a $120 value)
- $40 for the 1 p.m.‒4 p.m. Whales, Birds & Dolphins cruise for two (up to an $80 value)
- $74 for the above 1 p.m. cruise for four (up to a $160 value)
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.