Dating back to the 17th century, the coastal community of Provincetown has shared a rich history with whales, a history that continues today thanks to the efforts of The Center For Coastal Studies and numerous whale watching charter operations. Magnificent creatures like the Right, Finback, Humpback, and Minke whales can be observed just a short distance from the shores of Provincetown, making it one of the premier whale watching destinations in the country. Spring is perhaps the best time to go on one of these awesome adventures, so if you’re looking to jump in on the action you need to check out one of these tour operations.

Something for everyone

1) The Dolphin Fleet – Well suited to provide a comfortable and uniquely educational experience to its passengers, the Dolphin Fleet’s skilled captains and teams of naturalists have been taking people whale watching on the Cape since 1975. Their goal “is to have each passenger depart our vessels with a greater understanding and appreciation of the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary and the wealth of life it supports.” The fleet is now up to four vessels, each with indoor seating and snack-bars that serve breakfast, lunch and adult beverages.

2) Sea Salt Charters – Highly memorable eye-level excitement on a smaller boat. If you’re after a more personal, one-of-a-kind whale watching experience for your family, their licensed and experienced captains are sure to deliver. Groups are limited to 6 people maximum, although it is possible to split a charter between two smaller sized parties.

3) Captain John Boats – Open decked boats equipped with climate-controlled cabins and a highly informative marine biologist that get you out to the action. If you want to see some whales and learn a ton, then their vessel docked at MacMillan Wharf is ready!