TGIF Sunset Cruise
Need we say more! Summer is here and you had to work all week. Grab a friend and your favorite wine or beverage and start your weekend! We will provide some light snacks, and mother nature will provide great scenery and a sunset to unwind from your busy week. Enjoy a relaxing evening cruise on the lower Connecticut River, departure from Eagle Landing State Park in Haddam. Observe how beautiful the river is at twilight as you dine. There will be only light narration on this cruise. Visit our website: ctriverquest.com to learn more about this cruise (look on the Sunset Cruise page for more details) and our other cruises. Easy online booking. Cruise departs at 6:30pm and will return at 8:30pm-ish. Cost is $35 per person. RiverQuest phone: 860-662-0577.
July 17, 2015
August 21, 2015
Private Charters take precedence.
This is a special affordable approximately 45 minute-ish family cruise, designed for young children and their parents, grandparents, older siblings, etc. On this cruise, we will teach young children about binoculars, they will learn about the birds we see, nautical terms, the ecology of the river and other points of interest including Gillette Castle and the Chester/Hadlyme Ferry. We will go under the East Haddam Swing Bridge and hear the cars go over us. This will be a fun cruise to introduce children to the fragile beauty of the Connecticut River and the area we live in. And, it allows kids to be kids! All kids ages 2 to 12 ticket price will be only $5, all others only $10. Under 2 no charge. Cash only.
NOTE: Adults must have at least one kid(s) with them for this cruise. Thanks!
So......we will start checking passengers in around 9:00am in the gray building (Connecticut River Environmental Education Center - CREEC) located on the left when you enter the access road to RiverQuest. We will give you a numbered ticket so that you can play in the park without losing your spot. When we meet capacity, we will blow the horn, board everyone and depart from the dock. This cruise is FIRST COME/FIRST SERVE. Cash only.
You do not need to bring life jackets with you, per the US Coast Guard, children under 12 do not need to wear them on a commercial boat.
There is no on-line booking for this cruise, it is first come/first serve. Also, cash only. Thank you.
2016 DATES, on our calendar!
Cruise on the Connecticut River from Eagle Landing State Park in Haddam. Enjoy the beautiful Connecticut River while listening to “Parrothead” music. Bring your margarita’s or any favorite beverage and your picnic basket. If you want your margarita on the rocks, we’ll have a blender and ice available. Dress in your “Parrothead” attire. Meet other “Parrotheads”! This is designed as a fun, more active Sunset Cruise. Visit our website: ctriverquest.com to learn more and to reserve your spots. Cruise departs at 6:00pm will return at 8:30pm-ish. Cost is $35 per person. No one under 12 years old please.
Friday, August 5, 2016
Dessert Sunset Cruise
Take a relaxing evening cruise on the lower Connecticut River, departure from Eagle Landing State Park in Haddam. Bring your picnic basket and favorite beverage, family and friends. Observe how beautiful the river is at twilight as you dine. At around 7:30pm, a variety of desserts will be served, including Captain Mark’s famous Key Lime Pie! There will be only light narration on this cruise. Visit our website: ctriverquest.com to learn more about this cruises and our other cruises. Easy online booking. Cruise departs at 6:30pm and will return at 8:30pm-ish. Cost is $40 per person. No one under 12 please.
2016 Cruise Dates, July 06 and August 10.
Learn About Fish Sunset Cruise
Cruise to Old Saybrook Lighthouses
A relaxing cruise south down the Connecticut River to view the Inner (Lynde Point) and Outer (Saybrook Breakwater Light) Lighthouses by water. Observe the beautiful, pristine river “One of the Last Great Places”, as we cruise by the towns of Haddam, East Haddam, Hadlyme, Lyme, Chester, Deep River and Essex, ultimately reaching Old Saybrook and Old Lyme at the mouth of the river on Long Island Sound. We will tell you about the history, ecology of the river and point out areas of interest. Bring your picnic basket if you’d like. There will be complimentary coffee and tea on board. Cost is $40pp. No one under 12 please. Please reserve your spot on-line. Thanks!
Cruise Dates: Saturday, August 22nd: 9:00am to 1:00pm
Full Moon Evening Cruise
Full Moon Evening Cruise:
Join us aboard RiverQuest and take a relaxing evening cruise on the lower Connecticut River, departure from Eagle Landing State Park in Haddam. This will be a cruise to no where, timed so that, weather permitting, we will see the full moon rise. Observe how beautiful the river is at twilight; see local wildlife and various points of interest including many beautiful homes .Bring your picnic basket and favorite beverage. Visit our website: ctriverquest.com to learn more and to reserve your spots with our easy on-line booking. Cost is $35 per person. No children under 12. RiverQuest phone: 860-662-0577. Gift Certificates Available.
Tree Swallow Sunset Cruise Spectacle
2015 was another spectacular year, great shows for the Swallows and Eagles and Herons, Egrets, and lots of other "things". A wonderful and fun journey!
We are already actively booking for 2016 cruises.
Captain Mark and Mindy are the pioneers of Tree Swallow watching!
For the past 13 years they have brought individuals and groups on RiverQuest to a special spot on the Connecticut River where 100's of thousands of Tree Swallows gather. After spending the day miles away, the swallows return each night to sleep in the reeds. They gather at sunset and perform aerial ballets forming an amazing display of art, coordination and cooperation! Over the years Captain Mark has found the best way to maneuver RiverQuest to allow perfect views from her open decks on the bow and stern. Her flexible seating ensures everyone gets optimal "up close and personal" viewing.
Enjoy the entire evening!
We will spend about 3.5 hours on the water. There is so much to see while cruising along the river. Many birds are migrating through the area now; last year we saw a record number of Bald Eagles and Great Egrets. Our on board Naturalist(s), will educate you on the swallow phenomenon and all the other wildlife we see. On the return cruise home, there is time to chat with others and experience the river at twilight, blending into night.
You are able to bring your own picnic basket or snacks and your favorite "beverage" to enjoy on this special cruise. Don't forget your camera and binoculars (or borrow a pair of our binocs)! This is a small group experience that is unique each sailing. Mark, Mindy and crew promise a great evening for all to enjoy the Tree Swallow show and this special time on the pristine Connecticut River!
Cost is $40pp. Due to the length of this cruise, NO ONE UNDER 12, please.
NOTE: Due to the length of this evening cruise, we ask that no children under 12 years old be booked. Please email us for questions/comments.
Cost: $40 each passenger.
These cruises sell out, so, reservations are required. Please use our on-line booking. We can sometimes take on last minute passengers, so, email us anytime.
NO BOOKING FOR OVER TEN PERSONS (email us to discuss if you have more).
Roger Tory Peterson of the Peterson Field Guides quote on this phenomenon:
“I have seen a million flamingos on the lakes of East Africa and as many seabirds on the cliffs of the Alaska Pribilofs, but for sheer drama, the tornadoes of Tree Swallows eclipsed any other avian spectacle I have ever seen.”
2016 Cruise Dates:
Starting August 21st thru October ???.
Check our Calendar and Special Cruise Dates Page for exact dates, departure time and for SOLD OUT cruises.
Private Tree Swallow Sunset Cruise Charters: $1600 for the whole boat! Private Charters will be aboard ADVENTURE.
MyTV9 Star Sees Swallows at Sunset: Angela watches an air show like no other Watch Video>>>
- Sarah Cody form Fox 61 DayTripper News came on a Tree Swallow Cruise with us. See her video: Watch Video>>>
- Autumn on the Connecticut River With the Swallows - 9/2/14, By HELEN O'NEILL Associated Press Read Article>>
On 09-24, there were so many Tree Swallows in the air, that Ryan of NBC weather posted the radar images on his Blog:
Meteorologist Ryan Hanrahan NBC CT 30- How the swallows appear on Radar!