Special ADVENTURE Tree Swallow Cruise
Join us on our new exclusive charter vessel
and see the Tree Swallow Spectacle!
Adventure is docked at Dock #3, parking Lot #3. Drive the farthest in!
After 12 years of hard work, Connecticut River Expeditions is proud to have it's newest addition to the fleet in operation. ADVENTURE has been cruising on some nice Private Charters and we thought it would be great to offer our passengers an exclusive Sunset Tree Swallow Cruise to experience this popular
We will cruise to a special area on the Connecticut River where 100's of thousands of Tree Swallows gather. The swallows show up close to sunset and perform aerial ballets forming an amazing display of art, coordination and cooperation and eventually fly into the reeds to sleep for the night!
We will get perfect views from ADVENTURE's open decks.
Come enjoy the entire evening with us! We will spend over three and a half hours on the water where there is so much to see. 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, will educate you on the swallow phenomenon and all else we will see. On the return cruise home, there is time to chat with others and experience the river at twilight, blending into a possible starry night.
We will provide a light cheese platter and you may provide your own picnic basket and favorite "beverage" to enjoy on this special cruise.
Don't forget your camera and a pair of binoculars (or borrow one of ours)!
This is a small group experience and space is very limited.
NOTE: Adventure is not handicap accessible.
Adventure is docked at Dock #3, parking Lot #3. Drive the farthest in!
Thursday, 09-29 and Saturday, 10-01 and Sunday 10-02 - 4:30pm
Price: $50 per person
Tree Swallow Sunset Cruise Spectacle
Just ADDED! More dates on our Private Charter vessel ADVENTURE for anyone! $50pp for limited seating.
Thursday, September 8 - 4:30pm
Wednesday, September 21 - 4:30pm
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 (and now Capt Alex, Adventure) 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!
Fall Foliage Cruises
Join us aboard RiverQuest for our Fall Foliage Cruises.
The foliage begins to change in late September and there will be color all through October.
On our regularly scheduled 90 minute Gillette Castle Viewing Daytime Cruises, we will still cruise south, where you will also see the beautiful changing foliage on the many varieties of trees along the lower Connecticut River. The cost for 11:30am (Wednesday and Thursday) and 1:30pm (Friday, Saturday and Sunday), 90 minute cruise, is $20 adults, $15 children. On Wednesday and Thursday 11:30am the cost is $18pp for seniors (over 60).
Special Foliage Cruises in October 2016 coming soon!
Always please check our Calendar to confirm departure days and times. Private charters take precedence.
Southbound Foliage Cruise
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.
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.
Learn About Fish Sunset Cruise
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!