Whale Watching

Join us for a Whale of a Time

As part of our mission “to inspire in all a respect for nature and the environment,” the San Diego Natural History Museum has partnered with Hornblower Cruises and Events for more than a decade to provide an unparalleled opportunity to experience gray and blue whale watching off the San Diego coast. Join the Museum Whalers, museum-trained volunteer naturalists on one of these adventures.

Blue Whales (Summer)

Blue whales, the largest mammal and possibly the largest animal to ever inhabit Earth, can be spotted swimming and feeding off the coast of California during the summer months, typically from June through September. Join the Museum Whalers on a breathtaking experience on the open ocean to see these magnificent creatures aboard a large, comfortable yacht. More.

Gray Whales (Winter)

Every year from December through April, gray whales pass through San Diego’s coastal waters on their way to and from their breeding grounds. Gray whales spend the summer months in the Bering and Chukchi Seas, and then leave for the breeding lagoons along western Baja California and off southern Sonora and Sinaloa, Mexico. The gray whale makes the longest migration of any mammal on earth traveling 10,000—12,000 miles each year. More.