Cape Cod is rich in history when it comes to whales -- and there’s ample opportunity to spot one and become part of the maritime story while you’re visiting.
According to CapeCod.com, you can see a variety of whales around the peninsula, depending on the time of year you’re here, including humpback whales, finback whales, minke whales, pilot whales and right whales -- which were spotted numerous times during spring 2019. If you’re lucky, you might be able to spot some whales on the shoreline, but your best bet to get close to these beautiful creatures is to take a chartered whale watch with experts in the field.
Did you know: Humpback whales are considered “breachers” because they tend to jump out of the water, meaning the breach the surface? It’s true! CapeCod.com notes “they tend to leap out of the water in a splashy spectacle that makes whale watching on Cape Cod such an intense experience.”
Where to Go Whale Watching
If you aren't lucky enough to spot a whale while standing on the beach, there are two great options for taking a whale watch cruise while you’re staying with us on Cape Cod.
- Hyannis Whale Watcher Cruises
Based out of Millway Marina in Barnstable, Hyannis Whale Watcher Cruises are about 15 minutes from the resorts.
- Dolphin Fleet Whale Watch
The Dolphin Fleet docks in Provincetown, which is an hour or so from the resorts, but it’s a great town to explore before or after your whale watch with delicious restaurants, art galleries and all kinds of sweet treats.
How to Plan for a Whale Watch
Like lots of other attractions on the Cape, whale watch tickets sell out quickly, so make sure you plan in advance and book your tickets online (both of the mentioned providers sell tickets on their websites). If you aren’t sure whether you’ll get seasick, we suggest packing an anti-nausea medication for your trip so that you can make the most out of the time on the water.