Weekend Watching in a Winter Whale Land

Whale migration season offers a fun and educational weekend adventure
By CYNTHIA YANG, Weekendr Staff Writer
Published on Jan 21, 2022

A California winter means more than just snow-capped mountains within view of your house, as you bask in sunny skies. Along the California coast, it means whale watching, and the season has just begun.

The yearly phenomenon  provides a rare opportunity to see gray whales migrating through SoCal waters for just a limited time.

Down the 5 in San Diego, City Cruises’ seasonal winter whale watching experience returns, and  will run through the spring, featuring the best sightseeing of the Bay, paired with a professionally narrated tour of whale hot spots and San Diego sites.

Now through mid-April, you and your family can keep your eyes peeled for these spectacular creatures, as well as local marine life, like minke whales, fin whales, dolphins, sea lions, and more, during the “San Diego Whale & Dolphin Watching Adventure.

During the 3.5 hour tour, families can learn more about the gray whale and the San Diego Bay from expert captains and volunteer naturalists from the San Diego Natural History Museum.  And, to guarantee a memorable experience for all guests, City Cruises will provide a pass to return for another whale watching or harbor cruise experience, if some species of whale is not spotted.

If you can’t get enough whale action,  City Cruises is also offering a “Winter Whale Watching Pass,” where guests pay once and cruise all year free.

For $90, guests get free admission to “Harbor Cruise & Sea Lion Adventures” and seasonal “Whale & Dolphin Watching Adventures” for a full year. Guests will also receive a 10% discount on all City Cruises San Diego cruises including brunch, dinner and sunset cocktail cruises.

Additionally, get a free “Celebration Package” for a birthday or anniversary while aboard any brunch or dinner cruise.

The whales are out there right now. Where are you?

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