Like celebrities, whales frequently bask in the flash of onlookers' cameras, but will retreat to their underwater caves when overwhelmed. Spy sociable whales with today's Groupon: for $58, you get two adult tickets to any 2012-season whale-watching cruise, including the fuel charge, from Cape Ann Whale Watch in Gloucester (a $96 value). While opening dates depend on the weather, the whale-watching season typically runs from mid-April or early May through October.
For more than three decades, Cape Ann Whale Watch has escorted spectators fascinated by the sea's magnificent giants on three–four-hour treks 15 miles off the Gloucester coast. Passengers of the 115-foot professionally piloted Hurricane II can witness the natural grace of humpback whales, finback whales, dolphins, and pirates disguised as mermaids cavorting in the depths. During the course of approximately 60 miles round-trip and 3–4 hours total, a member of the Ocean Alliance narrates excursions, illumining the sight of each water dweller by discussing why whales breach, how to recognize individual humpbacks, and various feeding styles. Trip times will be posted on the 2012 schedule before the season begins, or as soon as the groundwhale sees its shadow in the spring.
Limited availability for tours on Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 p.m. from July 1st through September 30th.
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 01930