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Gray Whale Watching

Meet some of nature’s largest animals and enjoy a day on the water with family and friends.

As part of our mission “to inspire in all a respect for nature and the environment,” the San Diego Natural History Museum is partnering with Hornblower Cruises and Events to provide an unparalleled opportunity to experience
whale-watching off the San Diego coast December through April.

Gray Whale Watching: December to April

The San Diego Natural History Museum offers cruises with Museum-trained naturalists, the “Museum Whalers,”
who provide interpretation on board the  Hornblower Whale and Dolphin Watching Cruises .

These 3.5 hour cruises are great for the entire family, with guarantees to also see sea lions, dolphins, and birds.

Did You Know?
Every year from December through April, magnificent 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.

Learn more about these fascinating mammals from our museum-trained volunteer naturalists, called "Museum Whalers." The Museum Whalers receive training from NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) scientists and other local experts. Visit the NOAA website for more information on the gray whales and other ocean life. 


By purchasing your tickets through theNAT, you'll receive up to $13 off retail prices while also supporting the Museum's mission and programming. 

Member Price Non-Member Price

Adult*: $31

Child: $18.50  $18.50
Buy Ticket Vouchers **
by Phone: 877.946.7797
by email:
*Photo I.D. required for all adults.
** Tickets purchased through the Museum require registration with Hornblower for the day and time you wish to go whale watching. Reservations can be made by calling 1-888-467-6256.

December 14, 2014–April 26, 2015

Two trips daily: 9:30 AM–1 PM and 1:30 PM–5 PM 
Boarding 15 minutes prior to departure.
Boat leaves from the San Diego Navy Float 970 North Harbor Drive San Diego, CA 92101 

Love the ocean, talking to people, and whale watching? Join our volunteer group, the  Museum Whalers . Application deadline for the 2015 fall classes is September 1, 2015.

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