Follow the Whale Trail while you're in the Greater Boston area. Dive in and explore the many museums, attractions, historic sites, educational centers, and tours that connect you with these giants of the ocean.
Board one of Boston Harbor Cruises’ numerous daily excursions and enjoy the view as the high-speed catamaran whisks you to the feeding grounds just 30 miles east of Boston. New England Aquarium naturalists are always on board to share knowledge, answer your questions and explain the mind-blowing behaviors of these truly magnificent mammals.
New England Aquarium
The New England Aquarium offers a fascinating aquatic experience for all. From the charming penguins and playful harbor seals to stingrays, and sharks and barracudas -oh my! Marine educators are present throughout the facility and ready to answer any questions. For the very curious there are opportunities to Go Behind the Scenes and get Close & Personal with select marine animals.
Harvard Museum of Natural History
Another site on Boston’s part of the Whale Trail and worth exploring is the Harvard Museum of Natural History, where a spectacular pod of whales hangs overhead in the Great Mammal Hall. The two-story historic gallery displays a North Atlantic Right Whale, now among the rarest of all marine mammal species. Stand under the skeleton of a Fin Whale, the second largest aquatic mammal, which in the wild can weigh in at over 100 tons! The ship-sized Fin is related to its smaller cousins - the dolphin and porpoise. Gaze at the adolescent toothed Sperm Whale measuring 48 ft. long, with massive, spike-like ribs and meticulous bone structure. Be sure to take a look the Narwhal, often called the “Unicorn of the Sea,” for its long, spiral tusk resembling a unicorn horn. But it’s not a horn, it’s actually a tooth, nearly 10 ft. long.
Explore the Massachusetts Whale Trail, a one-of-a-kind collection of state-wide sites, storiesand adventures highlighting nearly 40 museums, attractions, whale watching excursions, historic sites and tours dedicated to these beloved creatures of the deep.
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