Join us aboard and experience the beautiful Connecticut River AND the Connecticut River Museum!

Great Location

All Cruises depart from the CT River Museum.  We are located on the beautiful Connecticut River in Essex, CT, at the foot of Main Street at Steamboat Dock.  All bookings include admission to the museum.


Public Cruises

All Cruises from the CT River Museum at Steamboat Dock in Essex, CT.  The calendar is looking good!  So many fun, relaxing cruises February – October! Daytime, Sunset, Birding (Tree Swallow, Eagle, Osprey), Lighthouses, & more…..

Private Charters

Contact us for your intimate, casual, fun Private Charter! Our vessel RiverQuest offers a unique, affordable venue for your private gathering. Weddings, Company Outings, Reunions, Cocktail Parties, Anniversary, Rehearsal Dinners and more…

Cruises from the CT River Museum in Essex, CT

Up next:
Onrust & RiverQuest Public trips are starting!  Daytime and Sunset.  Check the Calendar
Tuesdays in June – Onrust Shanties & Sails
June 8-9th – Sea Music Festival performances:
11:30 – RiverQuest
2:00 – Onrust
June 15 – RiverQuest Kid’s Cruise
June 20 – Onrust Summer Solstice/Almost Full Moon Sail
June 21 – RiverQuest Full Moon Cruise

Need a special gift?  A RiverQuest/Onrust gift certificate is perfect for anyone.
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RiverQuest is on the water and it will not be long before Onrust is sailing too.  The new exhibit  Getting There: Wayfinding on the Water in the Pre-Modern Age opens on April 18th and runs through October.  We have a lot planned for our 50th Anniversary so be sure to sign up for our newsletter so you don’t miss a thing!

Booking Now!

Booking now! 2024 Private Charters from Essex, CT on RiverQuest. A great way to have a happy, beautiful, intimate event! Bring aboard up to 40 guests.

Also ask about Onrust Private Sails for up to 30 passengers.

2023 CT DEEP Eagle Update

2023 CT Bald Eagles, Across CT (not final):

Total Active Territories: 86
Successful Nests: 49
Total Chicks: 78
Failed Nests: 9
Territorial Only: 4
Unknown Outcome: 24

Still researching results for some nests, so Unknown Outcome may change to successful nests or failed nests at some point.

Notes from the Deck

We’ve had some great weather and awesome school groups.  We have spotted at least on chick at the Deep River Eagle Nest.  The trees are have leafed out and the  yellow flag iris and multiflora rose are all in bloom.  The native mountain laurel will be blooming any day now!  The osprey nests are starting to show signs of chicks.  The adults are spending a lot of time fishing!  A family of common mergansers were spotted with mom and her little ones swimming the best they could to keep up.  There are a lot of great trips coming up and we hope to see you soon.

Cruising the Connecticut River

We are on the water February – October and the River is constantly changing with the seasons.

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