Special Cruises

Father's Day Cruise



Join us aboard RiverQuest and spend some quality time with Dad! Depart from Eagle Landing State Park in Haddam (across the river from the Goodspeed Opera House). On this special day, DAD IS HALF PRICE! This 90 minute cruise is $15 kids, $20 adults, but, on Father’s Day, Dad cruises for only $10 with the purchase of a full price adult or child ticket. Learn about the nature and history of the lower Connecticut River. Relax in the morning, then bring your family lunch on board or have a bite to eat before or after your cruise at one of the fine local restaurants in Haddam, East Haddam, Chester or Essex.  Departs at 11:30am, 1:30pm and 3:30pm.

NOTE: Dad must be accompanied with a child of any age!

Cruise Date:

June 21, 2015. Departure times: 11:30am, 1:30pm and 3:30pm




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Summer Solstice Cruise

Take a relaxing evening cruise as we celebrate the Summer Solstice. Everyone loves summer and this is the start! This is the longest day of the year. What better place to be then on RiverQuest cruising on the beautiful lower Connecticut River. Bring your picnic basket and favorite beverage. There will be complimentary dessert on board including Captain Mark’s famous Key Lime Pie!


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Cruise Dates: 

Sunday June 21, 2015 depart at 6pm to 8:30pm.




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“Thursday’s on the Dock” Cruise



Cruise to Listen to Music “Thursday’s on the Dock” at the Connecticut River Museum


NOTE: We need a minimum of 25 to make these cruises a "GO". If we do not make the 25, we will turn this cruise into one of our regular Sunset Cruises and you will be charged the normal Sunset Cruise price.


Join us aboard RiverQuest and cruise from Eagle Landing State Park in Haddam south down the river to the Connecticut River Museum in Essex. We will arrive at the museum dock at around 6:15pm, disembark and join others at the very popular “Thursday’s on the Dock”. Enjoy music and cocktails while overlooking scenic Essex Harbor.  We will depart the CRM dock at about 7:30pm, return to the RiverQuest dock around 8:30pm. Tickets are $40 each which includes a drink ticket on the dock. Bring your picnic basket and favorite beverage. (Must be 21 and over for this cruise)

July 9  5-8:30pm:  Ramblin’ Dan Stevens who performs a mix of traditional finger style blues, Americana and originals. His unique style of “bottleneck” slide playing popularized by early Mississippi Delta bluesmen includes use of a homemade, three stringed “Cigar Box Guitar” and one stringed “Diddly Bow”, both primitive blues instruments. 

July 16  5-8:30pm:  Brad & Brian who have been performing together since the 4th grade. A typical Brad & Brian performance includes a wide range of musical styles from the 60s to current hits, as well as the use of guitar, keyboard (sequenced bass & drums), saxophone, and trumpet- all performed by two individuals! Audience members are sometimes invited to become participants as well as active listeners. 

August 13  5-8:30pm:  “Ringrose and Freeman. Connecticut born singer and songwriter Dan Ringrose was reared on the music of the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem. With a rich baritone voice that has been described as “stunning”, a mischievous sense of humor, and a comfortable command of the stage, Dan has entertained crowds for more than 30 years! Fiddler Jeanne Freeman is the founder and Director of the Connecticut Academy of Irish Music, where she teaches Irish fiddle to students of all ages. In 2011, the two joined forces to form the Celtic duo “Ringrose & Freeman”. With their own twist on traditional songs and music they have quickly gained a reputation as two of the finest performers of Celtic music in the region.

August 20  5-8:30pm:  For the past twenty-eight years, Geoff Kaufman has been leading audiences to find truth, humor, and beauty in folk music by singing sailor songs with the quartet, Forebitter; environmental songs on board the Sloop Clearwater in the Hudson River and solo performances at coffeehouses throughout the Northeast United States and festivals in Europe. Ancient ballads, work songs, and songs of love; poignant songs of people in struggle, humorous glimpses of human foibles, and insights into history—all of these are likely to be woven into one of Geoff’s concerts. Above all, at the core of Geoff’s performance is his rich tenor voice and an exuberant love of singing.


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Kids Cruise

From 10:00am to 11:00am this cruise is a special cruise, designed for young children and their parents, grandparents, older siblings, etc. On this cruise, we will teach young children how to use 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 allow kids to be kids! All kids ages 2 to 12 ticket price will be only $5, parents and older siblings only $10. NOTE: Adults must have at least one kid(s) with them for this cruise. Thanks!
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.




June 7 & 27, 2015

July 11 & 25, 2015

August 8 & 15, 2015



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TGIF Sunset Cruise

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6:30pm to 8:30pm

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 14, 2015


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Osprey Cruises

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Cruise quietly from RiverQuest's home berth in Haddam and observe Ospreys and Osprey nests located in various areas along the lower Connecticut River. Ospreys return from their southern wintering homes that are primarily in South and Central America around March 20th. They rebuild their nests on the many nesting platforms, day markers and trees along the river. Come aboard one of RiverQuest's scheduled cruises and watch the progress as the Ospreys rebuild their nests and begin nesting (early April) to the chicks as they evolve from newly hatched chicks (Mid-May) to adolescent chicks/fledglings (late June) flying proudly with their new found power of flight (late July). A naturalist will be on board each cruise to educate you on the Osprey and any other bird/wildlife we may see on our journey. Cruise is three hours long. $40pp. Due to the length of this cruise, no one under 10 years old please.

CRUISE DATES: July 18, 9:30am to 12:30pm! 

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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.


Cruise Dates: 

July 30, 2015




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Search for Fireworks Sunset Cruise

Although there are no scheduled fireworks for this evening, we will “search” for any that may be displayed along the edge of the river. Last year we saw a lot of them! Great time! Bring your picnic basket and favorite beverage. No one under 12 please. $40pp. Please book on-line. Thanks!


Cruise Dates: Saturday, July 4th, 7:30pm departure return around 10:30pm. Cost is $40pp.




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