GRANITE STATE WHALE WATCH
The Granite State has so much to offer by way of natural beauty. I’ve always enjoyed visiting my husband’s old stomping grounds. There’s no place like it!
But I’v waited 15 (almost 16)years for this. The first time I ever visited New Hampshire to visit my husband (then my boyfriend) and his family and drove down the Seacoast and saw that they had whale tours.
What??!! I can see a real live whale? I’m in! So every year we would come up here, and I say, “I’d really love to go see the whales.”
FINALLY DOING IT
This year when Joe asked me what I’d like to do while visiting family, I told him that we really should go see the whales…and then I googled “Granite State Whale Watch” to see how expensive it was. It wasn’t outrageous. In fact, it was a lot less expensive than I’d figured it would be. Yay!!
RYE, IT IS
Honestly, I’m not sure how many different companies there are out there. We had just always passed by the one in Rye, NH so that’s the one I searched for, and I checked out there schedule. They recommend reservations for tours, but we didn’t make one. We knew they had two tour times: 8:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. We were supposed to meet friends later in the afternoon at the submarine museum in Portsmouth, so we chose the earlier time.
ON THE ROAD EARLY
We left about 7:00 a.m. to make sure we had enough time, and we did. We arrived with plenty of time to get tickets and not be rushed. I sang songs about seeing whales on the way there, and I couldn’t have been happier about my day.
LEAVING THE DOCK
We left promptly at 8:30 a.m. on our whale adventure. We were told it would be much chillier off shore and to wear layers…so we did. They also sold snacks and drinks on board…including coffee ☕️.🥰 My heart was happy and my day became perfect.
So we got our far enough to where the whales had been spotted, and waited…and waited a little more. I was concerned we wouldn’t see any, but then it happened! Water sprayed out of the sea and then we saw it!
And almost all of these pictures were not taken by me because I was excited to see the whales and I was trying to look at them with my actual eyes and not through the phone camera that I basically got picture like this…
Oh, well, at least my mother-in-law and husband got good ones.
THE BEST DAY
It was everything I hoped it would be. These animals are beautiful, and I enjoyed observing them in their natural habitat. I highly recommend the tour if you’re ever in New Hampshire.
AND THE DAY CONTINUED
After finishing up there and grabbing a quick lunch, we headed over to the USS Albacore Museum in Portsmouth. Joe and I had been before, but we thought the kids might enjoy it. They did.
So that day was a wrap! So much fun, not just for me, but for the kids too. The kids were perfect ages for it all. Science and history lesson all in one day! 😉 Homeschooling trip for the win!! Thanks to Granite State Whale Watch and the USS Albacore Museum for a fantastic day of learning.
The Seacoast has a lot to offer, and you should check it out if you ever get the chance.
Until next time with more stories from our trip…