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Cape May Whale Watcher Cape May

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Cape May Whale Watcher
1218 Wilson Drive
Cape May
NJ
08204
Tel: 609 884-5445

Directions

Located at the Miss Chris Marina at 1218 Wilson Drive, Cape May, NJ 08204. We are one block off the main road, which is Route 109, on the way into Cape May, look for the Blue Sign coming off the big bridge and then turn at Second Ave or the second blue sign, between the Kite Shop and the Antique Store.

Where are we going today?

There is something magical about when a wild animal is seen in theit natural habitat. There's something more special about being out on the ocean, and seeing some amazing whales and dolphins jumping out to say hello!

Cape May Whale Watcher is a great way to let the kids experience these beautiful creatures of the ocean - right in their natural habitats!

There are a number of tours that you can choose from, so you can make sure you get the best one suitable for your family! There are a number of days tours, including the Dolphin and Whalewatching Tour. This 3 hour tour that departs at 1pm will take you out into Delaware Bay, as well as the Atlantic Ocean. This estuary is a haven for a number of species of marine life, and because there's fresh AND saltwater, it's nutrient rich for those whales and dolphins! (That's great for you!)

Most of the sightings here happen IN the bay, or very close by, so it's great for those who don't want to venture too far out into the ocean! Your trip is also fully narrated so you get a great education along the way too! 

There is a reduced trip on the weekend for 2.5 hours if you want a reduced rate but just as much fun - you even get a free breakfast included! It's perfect for families and kids that have a tight schedule on the weekend, but still want to see those amazing creatures up close. 

Cape May Whale Watcher also has some pretty special cruises too! There is the Delaware Bay Sunset Lighthouse Cruise, which gives you 3 hours to experience a trip to the local vineyard, as well as stopping at some pretty amazingly historic lighthouses.

From fireworks cruises to airshow cruises, you certainly will have lots to choose from!

Ocean fun in New Jersey! 

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How much does it cost?

  • AdultsFrom $30
  • ChildrenFrom $20
  • Free Under: 6 or 3 depending on the cruise
LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

Cruises depart 10am, 1pm, 5:30pm or 7pm

All year round

Teachers corner

There are enhanced touch tank learning trips for educators as well as direct contact with our on board Naturalist. Just call ahead to set this up - what an experience! .

I'm Hungry!

On board the boat there is a full snack bar so you can dive into pizza, hot dogs, ice cream, soda, ice tea and hot chocolate - just to name a few! .

Healthy Eating!

They do serve breakfasts and food on some cruises, so check what there is before you book! .

Any Top Tips?

Make sure you bring a jacket, as well as sunglasses, binoculars and sunscreen! .

Doing our bit

They know all about the animals and what they need, so they make sure the boats look after them and make them stress free .

Need a little extra help?

They have ADA compliant boarding ramps, as well as wheelchair access on the main deck. Not the restrooms though. .

Baby Facilities

They do have changing tables on board .

Can I get one of those?

There is of course a souvenir shop where you can buy all the treats you want to take home! .

More information

They have all the modern live saving equipment so don't you worry! .

What people are saying?

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    We love coming here every summer and have now gone out on the water 4 times with this great company! We've been on other dolphin watching boats and none can compare with the Cape May Whale Watcher! The knowledge of the sea life and history of the area that the captain explains during the tour keeps you engaged the entire trip and makes for a great tour!! Oh and the dolphins !!! We've see a ton of dolphins on our trips and we've even seen whales twice!!! The first time we saw the whales come up for air and spouts of water bursting into the air...Read More

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    I am rating this a one star, if it were up to me, I would rate it none. The reason for my low rating is because the "captain"/owner is a really rude person and his wife makes excuses for him as to why he is rude. Really? Berating your customers has an excuse? When we went to complain that the, ehem, "captain" was rude and called me names because I wasn't moving fast enough for him (I was trying to let a family in front of me pass) he got out of his chair and started yelling at me, never thinking that calling his customers names, like ridiculous,...Read More

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    Me and my dog Shadow went to Cape May Whale Watch today(11/02/2013). Beautiful weather. Saw groups of dolphins but no whales. 3-hour-trip was fun. The crew was very friendly.

    Pet friendly ship

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    I went there on a cold rainy Tuesday in June. The interior was heated and the captain made the trip entertaining. It was a fun night out. The portions on the prime rib were very generous, and the rolls were great. I was told they are home made. The captain has a lot to say, and many dolphins are seen, but no whales.

    I would have preferred to change my day, but there are no schedule changes once you book so be careful to check the weather first. I am sure the sunset would have been breathtaking on a good weather day. This is a family business,...Read More

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    They do not pick up the phone. Tried calling million times, the lady picks up and rams the receiver down. STAY AWAY!

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by Sean Pfeifer

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We love coming here every summer and have now gone out on the water 4 times with this great company! We've been on other dolphin watching boats and none can compare with the Cape May Whale Watcher! The knowledge of the sea life and history of the area that the captain explains during the tour keeps you engaged the entire trip and makes for a great tour!! Oh and the dolphins !!! We've see a ton of dolphins on our trips and we've even seen whales twice!!! The first time we saw the whales come up for air and spouts of water bursting into the air and just this weekend we saw one of two spotted whales raising his tail out of the water and slapping the surface !! What an experience! If you're visiting the Wildwood or Cape May area this is a must do!! Enjoy :-)

by ingridc72

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I am rating this a one star, if it were up to me, I would rate it none. The reason for my low rating is because the "captain"/owner is a really rude person and his wife makes excuses for him as to why he is rude. Really? Berating your customers has an excuse? When we went to complain that the, ehem, "captain" was rude and called me names because I wasn't moving fast enough for him (I was trying to let a family in front of me pass) he got out of his chair and started yelling at me, never thinking that calling his customers names, like ridiculous, was wrong, in fact he never even tried to apologize, and the wife just made more excuses for him. It's too bad that this is the "experience" we walked away with. I will never give them my business again, there are other whale watching companies in Cape May, I would recommend instead. Simply stay away, they are undeserving of your business too.

by Patric Parris

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I went there on a cold rainy Tuesday in June. The interior was heated and the captain made the trip entertaining. It was a fun night out. The portions on the prime rib were very generous, and the rolls were great. I was told they are home made. The captain has a lot to say, and many dolphins are seen, but no whales.

I would have preferred to change my day, but there are no schedule changes once you book so be careful to check the weather first. I am sure the sunset would have been breathtaking on a good weather day. This is a family business, and they really care about what they do.

The Weather

Sunday

Conditions: Rain
Temp: 51° F / 11° C
Humidity: 95 %
Wind: NE - 1 MPH

Monday

Conditions: Rain
Temp: 48° F / 9° C
Humidity: 93 %
Wind: ENE - 38 MPH

Tuesday

Conditions: Rain
Temp: 43° F / 6° C
Humidity: 86 %
Wind: NW - 20 MPH

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