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Where to Go Whale and Dolphin Watching in NJ

Take the kids to see some whales and dolphins! These NJ excursions will give you a day on the water the kids won't forget.


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Take the kids to see some whales! These NJ excursions will give you a day on the water the kids won't forget.

Atlantic City Cruises

800 North New Hampshire Ave., Atlantic City
609-347-7600; atlanticcitycruises.com

Dolphin sightings are guaranteed - an on-board marine naturalist will help point out the sights along the way. Adults $37; seniors, military and students with ID $32, children $20 (ages 5-15) and children under age 4 ride free.

Badfish Fishing Charters

680 Bay Ave., Somers Point
856-371-4346; ocnjfishing.com

This two-hour sunset cruise searches for dolphins and local birds, including bald eagles and ospreys. Cost is $200 for the cruise and up to 4 nature lovers can fit on the boat.

Cape May Whale Watcher

1218 Wilson Dr., Cape May
609-884-5445; capemaywhalewatcher.com

This 3-hour journey includes up close encounters with both whales and dolphins, plus a lesson on the history of marine life in South Jersey. $50 adults, $35 for kids (ages 7-12); children under age 6 are admitted for free.

Icon Fishing and Water Sports

201d W. 10th St., Ocean City
609-957-0955; www.iconboating.com

Head down to Ocean City for a offshore adventure that includes watching dolphins play along the waves. $185 for groups of 6, however larger groups are subject to an additional fee.

Miss Avalon Dolphin and Nature Cruises

14th and Ocean Dr., Avalon
609-967-7455; missavalon.com

This 1 1/2 hour excursion features dolphin and seabird sightings, on-board naturalists and kids can also play with the huge shell collection. Adults $23; kids $17.

The Silver Bullet Tours

502 W. Rio Grande Blvd., Wildwood
609-522-6060; www.silverbullettours.com

All cruises last approximately 90 minutes and features a narrated tour of local points of interest, historic sites and—no surprise—dolphins. $29 for adults and $24 for ages 2-12, this is “shore” to be a speedboat ride you’ll never forget.

The Starlight Fleet

6200 Park Blvd., Wildwood Crest
609-729-7776; jjcboats.com

Get breakfast with your whale watching on this 2 1/2 hour boat ride along the coast of Wildwoods. While you’re motoring out to the whales, spend the time exploring onboard touch tanks. And if the kiddos have questions, there's a marine biologist on board to field them. Adults $40; children (ages 7-12) $30; children ages 6 and under are admitted for free.

ThunderCat Dolphin Watch

1001 Ocean Dr., Wildwood Crest
609-523-2628; thundercatdolphinwatch.com

This 90 minute dolphin watch is offered daily, seven days a week, in the heart of Wildwood Crest. Adults are $32, kids ages 2-12 are $22 and dolphin lovers under age 2 are free.

Utsch's Marina Cape May

1121 NJ-109, Cape May
609-884-2051; capemayharbor.com  

Ready to double down on a whale watching excursion? This 12-hour excursion heads 30 to 50 miles offshore which means you may be able to spot humpback and finback whales, as well as Atlantic Bottlenose dolphins. And if you've got a budding ornithologist, they'll love seeing exotic birds like the Northern Fulmer and Longtailed Jaeger. $105 per person.


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