A September 2003 trip
to Boston by shaunandtrish
Quote: We spent a great five days in Boston before we went touring New England. It's one of our favourites for history, sights, and a really good atmosphere.
2. Whale watch: Again for -30, but this time you go off-shore and watch whales. We saw humpbacks and fin backs (big ones). If you don't see whales they let you go again. This obviously means you very rarely miss out. There are lots of operators and prices are similar, but the 2-3 hour tours are better because you get a faster boat and get to the whales more quickly.
There are no dining facilities and stairs make it unsuitable for people with mobility restrictions. The website is here.
There are kitchen facilities, including sink, cooker, and kettle, but it does not pay to be too adventurous as the ventilation is not efficient enough to disperse the fumes from anything like a steak etc. You may set off the smoke and fire alarms as I did and cause an evacuation of the building. Eat out I'd say. There's a decent Chilli Joe in the Prudential Centre 10 minutes walk round the corner, which is quite cheap, and lots more options for dining within a 15-minute walk. The ventilation issue when cooking is the only real negative.
If you do go to the website and have a look, there are photos of the guest rooms. We stayed in two different ones and those photos on the web site are fairly representative based on what we saw. The real plus is the location. Absolutely second to none at that price.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 7, 2003
19 Garrison St
Boston, Massachusetts 2116
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 7, 2003
Attraction | "Duck Tour & Whale Watch"
One of the more irritating parts of the tour is the obligation to "quack quack" at other ducks you pass, and sometimes at pedestrians. I'm a grumpy so and so.
The whale watch is something else. Take care with your choice of operator. There are numerous stalls for different operators and I'm sure they are all reputable, but some offer some serious advantages (they are all about $25/$30 per person).
1. Some operators give you a free ride on another day if you don't see whales.
2. The half-day tours are not necessarily better than the two-hour tours. It might just mean a slower boat and a longer ride out to the Stellwegen Bank. I'd take a faster boat. If the whales are moving around, you have a better chance of a good view.
When we went, we saw quite a few humpback and some finback whales. These are big ones. They may not surface near to the boat, so if you want good pictures, your camera needs to be up to the job. Ours wasn't, so even though we had good firsthand views (which was every bit as good as you'd think), our photos were rubbish.
The tour is led by a guide who stands out front with his/her binoculars (a useful thing to have to hand) and points out whales when he/she spots them. This means you are invariably dashing from one side of the boat to the other. All part of the fun.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 25, 2003
Boston Duck Tours
3 Copley Place
Boston, Massachusetts 02116
(617) 723 3825
Durham, United Kingdom