Dolphin and Whale Watching in New Jersey

Whale watching

Southern New Jersey is an excellent place to go dolphin and whale watching.


During the peak summer months there are a number of dolphin and whale watching boats that depart from Atlantic City, Avalon, Cape May, and the Wildwoods


.The ideal time to go view dolphins is from June to September when the ocean temperature exceeds 60 degrees.




Whales are best seen in the spring and fall as they migrate to and from Canada passing through the NJ waters. In the Spring they feed in the cooler Canadian waters and in the fall they give birth in the Caribbean


Southern New Jersey tour operators offer several types of dolphin and whale watching trips. Dolphin tours are shorter and stay closer to shore, while whale and dolphin tours, are longer and go farther out in the ocean up to 20 miles, compared with one mile for the dolphin-only trips.


Ideal conditions for dolphin spotting is in the middle of the day during their feeding and traveling time.


When making reservations, please call ahead to make sure space is available. Also check out the extra amenities offered by the tour operators. Many of the operators offer free food during tours and have cash bars on board. Some permit dogs on board.


Dolphin and Whale Watching Cruises

Atlantic City

Atlantic City Cruises
Historic Gardner's Basin
800 N. New Hampshire Avenue
Atlantic City, NJ
Dolphins Only
Departs from from may to mid October
A great family activity. Expect to see leaping, frolicking dolphins as we head into the open ocean in search of marine life.

A highly educational commentary provided by an on board marine naturalist ensures your trip will indeed be one to remember.



Dolphin Nature Cruise
Miss Avalon
14th & Ocean Drive
Avalon, NJ
(609) 967 7455

Evening cruise from late June to early September
This cruise is timed to coincide with active flight and feeding times. View dolphins and seabirds. Identify osprey, American oystercatchers, great and snowy egrets. Learn the difference between great blue, little blue, tri-colored, green, and black crowned night herons.


The Wildwoods

The Starlight fleet
Atlantic Star
Wildwood Crest
6200 Park Boulevard (Sweet Briar & Park Boulevard)
Wildwood Crest NJ
(609) 729-7776
Whale and Dolphin Watching Tours
Departures at 9:30 am and 1 pm
3rd weekend in June through 4th weekend in September
Children under 6 - FREE with paid adult  

Expect to see  fin back and humpback whales, along with  Dolphin watching and bird viewing
Led by an experienced marine biologist and educator, this trip gives you access to touch tanks so everyone will experience marine life with hands-on learning.


Big Blue Sightseer Cruiser
4500 Park Boulevard
Wildwood, NJ
(609) 522-291
Whale and Dolphin Cruise Daily

Offer three daily cruises to choose from.
Cruises are narrated by a Marine Biologist.
2 1/2 hour whale watching cruises From May until late September
Also allows dogs aboard


Cape May

The Cape May Whale Watcher
1286 Wilson Drive
Cape May, NJ
(609) 898-0055
Sailings from March to December.
Dolphin & Whale watching departures at 9:30 am & 1 pm
Junior Rates are for youngsters age 7 - 12, One child (Age 6 and under) with each paid adult.
In the event that no Marine Mammals are sighted, they offer another trip

Cruises take you into the Delaware Bay, and the Atlantic Ocean. Many of the sightings occur within the Delaware Bay or within ten miles of land. This allows for an awesome offshore experience for the family and something to do with the kids as well as seasoned adventurers and seafarers. The excursion is fully narrated by your Captain who will point out local history along with many types of marine life.


Cape May Whale Watch & Research Center
1121 Rt. 109
Cape May, NJ

The M/V American Star, 90 ft long boat with a maximum limit of 150 passengers, is set up for non-obtrusive, up close viewing of whales and dolphins. They partner with Whale SENSE as well as the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society to continue our research and to promote awareness of protecting whales, dolphins, porpoises, and their environment.
Children under 6 - FREE with paid adult  

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