Special Cruises

Fall Foliage Cruises

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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.


WEEKDAYS:

On our regularly scheduled 90 minute Gillette Castle Viewing Daytime Cruises, we will cruise a little north and then south, where you will also see the changing foliage on the many varieties of trees along the lower Connecticut River.

Time: Wednesday and Thursday: 11:30am. Friday: 1:30pm.

Cost: $20 adults, $15 children. On Wednesday and Thursday 11:30am the cost is $18pp for seniors (over 60). 

 

WEEKENDS:

We are offering different times on the weekends this October. On this scheduled one hour Gillette Castle Viewing Daytime Cruise, we will cruise south, where you will see the changing foliage on many varieties of trees along the river.

Time: Saturday and Sunday: 12:30pm and also at 2:00pm

Cost: $15

Special Foliage Sunset Cruises:

Depart 3:30pm, return 5:30pm.

 

Northbound:

Sunday, October 8 

 

Southbound:

Saturday, October 14

Saturday, October 22

Saturday, October 28

$35pp (RiverQuest), $40pp (Adventure) no one under 12.

Always please check our Calendar to confirm departure days and times. Private charters take precedence.

 

Reservations

 

Gift Certificates Available

 

Special Cruise Dates

Southbound Foliage Cruise on ADVENTURE

Come aboard our newest addition to the fleet!  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 cruise to see the Foliage.

This cruise is a lightly narrated, casual, relaxing cruise on the lower Connecticut River, an area know as “one of the last great places”. We will cruise south on this cruise to view the colors of the changing leaves and also learn about local history, flora and fauna (possibly see one or more of our resident Bald Eagles).  We will get perfect views from ADVENTURE's open decks. Feel free to bring along a picnic and your "favorite beverage".

 

Cost is $40pp. 

 

This is a small group experience and space limited.
NOTE: Adventure is not handicap accessible. 
Adventure is docked at Dock #3, parking Lot #3. Drive the farthest in!

 

Saturday, October 15 - 3:30pm  - 5:30pm

 

Reservations 

 

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
phenomenon.
 
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!
 
2017 Dates:  
CALENDAR
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Price:  $50 per person

Earth Day One Hour Cruise

Love your earth and the beautiful Connecticut River! 

This is a special 60 minute cruise in celebration of Earth Day for only $10, all ages! We will cruise north up to the Salmon River and then south to view Gillette Castle to see how healthy the Connecticut River is due to the Clean Water Act of 1972, the many organizations that protect the river and the many other regulations put in place so we can all enjoy clean water, air and life! Depart from Eagle Landing State Park in Haddam.

 

Cruise Date/times: April 22 at 12:00pm and 3:30pm

 

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Spring Osprey/Eagle Cruise

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On this about 2+ hour cruise, we will see at least one of our resident Bald Eagle's nests along with our favorite returning Ospreys. We will depart from our dock at Eagle Landing State Park in Haddam in search of Ospreys and eagles and whatever other wildlife we can find. We will pass fairly close to the Goodspeed Eagle's Nest, where we hope to catch a glimpse of the eagles near the nest. As we head south towards Essex, we'll point out other areas of interest, including Gillette's Castle. Most of our ospreys will be nesting or working on their nests. All the platforms and day markers will eventually have an Osprey nest. We'll tell you all about the local wildlife we will see along with lots of other interesting stuff! Enjoy this beautiful river! Complimentary Coffee and tea onboard. Cost is $40 per passenger. Due to the length of this cruise, no children under 10 please.

Cruise Dates (2017): 

 

JUST ADDED: 4/29/17 - Saturday 11:30am - 2:00pm 

4/29/17 - Saturday 4:00pm - 6:30pm (sold out)
4/30/17 - Sunday 1:30pm - 4:00pm (sold out)

 

Reservations

 

Gift Certificates Available

 

Special Cruise Dates

 

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