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Whale Watching in New York

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by Jessica Mousseau (subscribe)
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Published June 12th 2011

New York City, especially Manhattan, is such a bustling, busy place that it's easy to forget that Manhattan is an island, Long Island is located only minutes from the City, and there is access to the Atlantic Ocean from a lot of different places in and around New York City. For this and other reasons, you may not think that you can actually whale watch while you're there.

The truth is, however, that you can, and you don't have to go that far to do so. It is not uncommon to hear reports of whale sightings at some waterfront locations in Manhattan and some of the other boroughs. If you want to get close to these massive animals, though, you want to get on a boat.

Fortunately, there are a few places in and around New York City that provide whale watching opportunities. You can contact the businesses listed below to find out more information.

Adventure Cruises, Riis Landing, Rockaway, NY

This is a fun and educational cruise for the whole family, especially children. They are actually included in the adventure, as they get to help make an official whale and dolphin count.

Cruises depart from Riis Landing at 12:00 noon and last approximately 3 to 4 hours. You will be back at the Landing at around 4:00 PM, with lots of exciting things to share.

Zipping Zodiac

The fun on this whale watching adventure starts when you board the 20 foot rigid hull inflatable vessel. (Yes, you read that right, you're riding in a rubber boat! But, don't worry, it's perfectly safe.)

You'll go out into the Bay of Fundy to observe the whales. Your tour host is the Captain, who is also a lobster fisherman from this area. He is very familiar with the Bay of Fundy and can tell you anything you need to know.

Coastal Research and Education Society of Long Island, Inc., 150 Idle Hour Blvd. Department of Earth & Marine Sciences, Oakdale

This institute provides whale watching tours as well as information on cetaceans (the scientific name for whales, dolphins, and porpoises). You and your family will receive an education in all things cetacean while having fun at the same time.
In addition to whale watching tours, the CRESLI also conducts seal walks; bird-watching excursions and other adventures that let you observe the marine and avian wildlife that is just minutes away from New York City.
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When: Whenever you want
Where: All over New York City
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