When thinking Florida wildlife, you’ll probably first think of the elusive Florida panther, and maybe even wild dolphins and manatees. Each of these beauties has its own season in which dedicated adventurers stand the best chance at sighting one in the wild, and November marks the beginning of right whale season in Florida. If you're looking for spots to whale watch in Florida this November, this list is for you!
The Sunglow Pier
When: 6a.m. – 10p.m.
Address: 3701 S Atlantic Ave, Daytona Beach, FL 32118
Why You Need To Go: Also a great spot for fishing, this long pier stretches into the ocean and provides a great vantage point for sighting whales. It’s a go-to for many once the season starts!
St. Johns County Ocean Pier
When: Sunrise to sunset
Address: 350 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach, FL, 32080
Why You Need To Go: One of Florida’s most historic coasts, St. Augustine is on the whales’ journey south and is one of the best spots to sight them.
Flagler Beach Fishing Pier
When: 6a.m. – 12a.m.
Address: 105 S 2nd St, Flagler Beach, FL 32136
Why You Need To Go: At 800 feet long, this pier gives you the opportunity to reach far out into the ocean without actually being in a boat, and is a great opportunity to whale watch.
Daytona Beach Main Street Pier
When: 8a.m. – 11p.m.
Address: 1200 Main St, Daytona Beach, FL 32118
Why You Need To Go: 1,000 feet long and built in 1925, this pier has been a perfect whale-watching spot for decades.
Time and Tide Tours
Price: $50 for 2.5 hours
When: Open daily, weather permitting
Address: 505 Glen Cheek Dr, Cape Canaveral, FL 32920
Why You Need To Go: Dolphins and whales tend to hang out a lot because they feed around the same areas, so if you embark on a dolphin tour like this one around right whale season, you may be lucky enough to see them, too!
Dolphin Tour and Wildlife Adventure
Price: $40 for 90 minutes
When: Open daily
Address: 107 Yacht Club Dr. St. Augustine, FL, 32084
Why You Need To Go: The dolphins that call this bay home can be sighted year-round, but between November and April, you can hopefully sight right whales hanging out with them while they feed. If you see a group of birds right over the water, that’s a good sign, because they follow the whales and dolphins.