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Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company

Bar Harbor, ME

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Address: 1 West St, Bar Harbor, ME 04609, USA How do we get there? Number: 207 288 2386
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There is something completely magical about seeing the creatures of the ocean in their own habitat - in particular the majestic whale - you can't get more impressive than that!

Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company has a number of tours that can take the family out on an adventure into the Gulf Of Maine that they will never forget! Of course, you can't go past the whale tours. There are a number to choose from so you can find the perfect one for your family.

The 3.5 - 4 hour Puffin and Whale Watch tours offer a fully narrated, incredibly breathtaking tours where not only will you experience the whales, but also other amazing wildlife, from seals, porpoises, eagles, and of course the North Atlantic Puffin.

The family can visit the Petit Manan National Wildlife Refuge, and within here there are is a beautiful breeding colony of Atlantic Puffins. Did you know that these colorful birds spend most of their lives out in the ocean, so it's very rare to see them on land - it's only to raise their young! The only way you can see them is by boat, so the Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company makes sure they include this experience on their tours!

If you want something additionally magical, the Sunset Whale Watching tour is 3 - 3.5 hours, where you will head directly to the whale feeding grounds in search of those beautiful creatures. 

Like we said, though, the very exciting thing about Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company is they do a variety of tours! Perhaps you've experienced whales in the wild and want to experience some New England lobsters? The Lobster Fishing and Seal Watching tour is just under 2 hours, and takes you our on the biggest lobster passenger boat in the state! You'll experience hauling the lobsters up from the traps, and kids always get a kick out of seeing some of the other creatures that will come up with the traps too - from starfish to sea cucumbers (don't worry, they get thrown back in!)

History and nature more your thing? The Baker Island Acadian National Park Tour lets the family land on the shore, and visit the stunning Baker Island where you will hear stories from a naturalist to learn all about the human and natural history. Amazing!

Feeling itchy feet to get out onto the waters? So do we! Have a great time! 

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Tours from $29



Tours from $18 (Ages 6 - 14) $9 under 5 years for some tours


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5 years for some tours.


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Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company FAQ’s

The company is committed to preserving and protecting marine life, and they are always working with other organizations with the same goal.

There is a galley on board which serves snacks and drinks so you can enjoy the whales with a full tummy!

Each of the tours have different prices, departure times and seasonality, so make sure you check all the details before you book!

Can you have a great time? Yes you can!

The galley serve water, and you can always put healthy snacks in your bag for the kids or if you have any dietary requirements.

If you do have mobility disabilities, give them a call before you book to check the accessibility of the boats and the tours.

The weather is usually cooler off shore, so make sure that you bring layers - gloves and a hat are often a good idea too!

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