Binoculars will get you there. You will need to choose wisely as good binoculars start at around $200.
Pick the size first – Binoculars are graded by magnification power and lens diameter in millimeters. Models with 25-millimeter lenses are small enough to fit in your pocket.
Don’t over magnify – 7x and 8x power offer better images and just the right amount of light to see things clearly. High power also exaggerates every little wobble of your hand.
Think quality – Rubber coated binoculars are more durable than uncoated ones. Nitrogen filed barrels hold no moisture and won’t fog in cold temperatures or high humidity.
Consider your needs – For whale watching or boating use low magnification (6x or 7x). Bird watching will be more enjoyable with medium to full size (8×42) models with good depth or field. For hiking you will want to stick to palm size with much lower heft.