BOSTON or ROWES WHARF
Actually this trip begins in Washington, D.C. on the USAir Shuttle and is what I call a day trip. You can begin in any city and pick up the day's itinerary at Boston's Long Wharf pier or Rowes Wharf.
The Whales seem to enjoy a visible and active breakfast so, start your day early. Flights leave Washington National Airport every hour on the hour beginning at 07:00 weekdays. Saturday and Sunday the first flight is not until 08:00. If you want to make the first Whale Watching cruise out of Boston you'll need to be on the 07:00 departure. You can then be on Long Wharf pier by 08:45 or to Rowes Wharf by 08:50. One cruise company offers an afternoon adventure but, I've heard the whales are not as active during their afternoon feeding.
HOW TO PREPARE:
Be sure to wear soft soled shoes, shorts or pants, sweater or light jacket. Don't forget your camera, plenty of film, binoculars, sunscreen and hat.
GETTING TO THE WHARF:
From Boston Logan International Airport proceed to the lower level, marked baggage claim, then to the curbside area, marked ground transportation. Here board the inter-terminal bus number 22 to the "T" station you might as well buy 2 tokens, one for each way. They are .85 each. Follow the signs for inbound trains to Boston. Two stops away is your exit, Aquarium. This part of your trip will take about 5 minutes. When you reach the street level, turn to your left and Long Wharf is about 50 yards straight ahead. If your departure is from Rowes Wharf; also turn left, and walk down Atlantic Avenue for about 200 yards to the pier on your left.
I'll cover the three separate operator's schedules and general information. I can personally recommend Bay State Cruises and the fantastic time I had on-board their ship, the Bay State. I have made inquiries and the two other operators come highly recommended.
The whales are found about 90 minutes out of port on Stellwagen Bank. The ship's upper deck provides an excellent vantage point from which to view humpback, finback, minke, right, white sided dolphin and pilot whales. Some say individual whales may be identified by bumps on their skin called stove bolts. For an even closer look descend to the lower deck and you'll come face to face with these huge, intelligent and gentle mammals. The early morning whale watch adventures return between 14:30 and 15:30. This leaves enough time for a late afternoon meal.
For one of the best values in the Boston area I suggest the No Name Restaurant. No Name Restaurant, 15 1/2 Fish Pier Boston, phone 617 423 2705. The prices are very reasonable and superb. I had the combination broiled seafood plate, which included a salmon steak, swordfish steak, scrod filet, 8 scallops and heaping portions of coleslaw and french fries. All this for $9.95 complete. From the second floor there is a commanding view of the harbor, channel and Boston Airport. My waiter; Sam, was from Nairobi, he took the time to sit with me and share stories of the adventurous African bush life and our common thirst for a Tusker beer.
For the walker, directions to No Name Seafood are: From either wharf proceed south along Atlantic Avenue, make your first left turn across Fort Point Channel on Northern Avenue then past the World Trade Center to the restaurant in the Fish Pier complex on your left.
This walk will take you by The Computer Museum. If time allows, I suggest you visit this unique museum, the world's first, devoted to telling the story of the information revolution. Plan about 2 hours for a complete tour. Be sure to include a guided walk through the world's only two-story-high working "desktop" computer, 50 times real life!
Return flights to Washington depart Logan Airport every hour on the hour. Weekdays and Sunday the last flight departs at 21:00. Saturday the last flight leaves at 18:00. From the Aquarium T stop you need only allow 30 minutes prior to the scheduled departure of your flight.
67 Long Wharf, Boston MA 02110
phone (617) 720 5738
Whale Watch Schedule
Weekends beginning April 24th
Wednesdays to Sundays through Labor Day
Depart Long Wharf 08:30
Return (approximate) 15:30
Passage, adult $18.00, child $12.00
One Long Wharf, Boston MA 02110
phone (617) 227 4321
2 Daily Departures all year
Depart Long Wharf 09:30
Depart Long Wharf 17:30
Return (approximate) 21:30
Passage, adult $16.00, child $10.00
50 Rowes Wharf, Boston MA 02110
phone (617) 345 9866
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
June 18 to June 27.
July 1 to September 6;
Depart Rowes Wharf 10:00
(Monday through Friday)
Depart Rowes Wharf 09:00
(Saturday and Sunday)
Depart Rowes Wharf 14:00