We just returned from a small vacation to the Atlantic ocean and a whale watch, at Rye Harbor, NH. Having never been on a whale watch, we weren't sure what to expect. The cost was good and with a military 10% discount and senior discount, they were better. Parking cost $5 all day. We also took our two grandchildren(9&12), they were so excited. The weather was in the 90's, and the water calm, but were told to bring extra clothing in case it got cold on the ocean. You can bring your own food in a small cooler, or purchase food on the boat, which was reasonable. There is usually a 99% sighting of whales
When we arrived and purchased our tickets from one of four small booths, we got somewhat worried, but thought we need to try this. There were other people there, so it couldn't be too bad. We left on time and things went real good. The sun was hot, and the ride long. All together we spent 5 hours on the water(they do have bathrooms too). Whales: we saw about 18, and 100 to 200 dolphins.The dolphins came close to the boat, and in groups jumped out of the water, just like putting on a show. The whales exited the water and flippered there tails. This was a great trip, and everyone on the boat was able to see.
The children got alittle tired and sunburned(bring sunblock) by the time we got to shore, but I would highly recommend this to anyone going up to Hampton Beach, NH. They have 1 to 2 trips daily depending on the time of the year. Rye Beach is just about 3 miles North on the coastline from Hampton Beach. Do go and enjoy!