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:  We are looking forward to our popular Winter Wildlife Eagle Cruises in February.  Booking is now available!

Need a special gift?  A RiverQuest/Onrust gift certificate is perfect for anyone.

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We want to thank everyone who joined us on RiverQuest and Onrust this season.  We had a great time and loved seeing old friends and making new ones.  We hope that everyone onboard enjoyed the ride and has a new appreciation for the river and it’s ecology and history.

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.

2022 CT DEEP Eagle Update

2022 CT Bald Eagles, Across 67 CT Towns:  101 Chicks! 82 Territories: 57 Successful, 12 Failed, 4 Territorial only, 9 Unknown outcome.

Notes from the Deck

HAPPY NEW YEAR!  RiverQuest and Onrust are taking some time off and maintenance projects are underway.  The toy train exhibit in the Museum will be open until February 18th, kids of all ages enjoy this tradition. The captains and crew can’t wait for the February/March Winter Cruises on RiverQuest.  Eagles young and old have been spotted in the area along with Goldeneye, Buffleheads, Mergansers, Great Cormorants and even a seal!  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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