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Cape May Whale Watch & Research Center Est.1987.
Research. Education. Conservation

The Cape May Whale Watch & Research Center began in 1987 as Cape May’s original eco-tour operation. What makes the Cape May Whale Watch and Research Center stand out from others is a strong emphasis on science, research, education, and conservation. The operation is family-owned and operated by Captains Matt and Melissa. The American Star offers an unparalleled experience aboard a floating marine Research Center where onboard marine biologists and naturalists give an in-depth narration of both the biological and historical significance of everything occurring right before your eyes. Undergraduate research interns collect data on all of our trips and lead hands-on learning stations. Our passengers become part of the research team on board and through their patronage, support our ongoing research and conservation efforts. Join us in Cape May to explore the wonders of the marine life all around us. Book your eco tour online today! 

Our Cruises

Experience Nature With Cape May Whale Watch & Research Center!

Professionally run. Staff are extremely approachable.

The crew is very engaging, and you can just feel their passion. These guys truly love what they do, and it shows in how they react to every single wildlife sighting. Very positive energy and a wealth of knowledge abounded.

– John G. •Tripadvisor
Safe whale and dolphin watching !

Best day ever ! We got to see hundreds of dolphins, whales, and stingray migration ! The captain, crew, and interns were all very knowledgable, friendly, and accommodating. Beautiful day on the water and we even stopped to take mylar balloons out of the water as they could be mistaken for food for our marine mammals. Absolutely loved this trip !!!

– Caroline B. •Tripadvisor

Our tour boat stopped so the first mate could retrieve a balloon from the ocean which made him our hero! This was an amazing day! Saw tons of dolphins and happen to time it with sting ray migration by the 100’s! No whales that day but we will be back to try again! The crew is friendly and knowledgeable. All covid safety precautions are in place. NJ if you’re looking for a staycationing in these times, I highly recommend starting here and being a tourist at home!

– Barkley S. •Tripadvisor
Sunset dolphin cruise was great!

We took the sunset dolphin cruise and had a fun trip! We saw a ton of dolphins and several right up close. The staff on the boat was great in pointing them out and stopping long enough for ebveryone to see and enjoy them, The sunset was lovely too. The pizza and hot dogs were pretty good and there was a full bar available.

– Jen S. •Tripadvisor