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
June 1 – Lighthouse Cruise to Old Saybrook.
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 been cruising on RiverQuest since February.  We had a great time on the Winter Wildlife Eagle Cruises.  The Deep River Eagles always seem to be a mystery, but they have settled into their new nest on Selden Island and we are counting the days to see signs of a hatchling.   Our school groups have had some great sightings!  They saw mature and immature eagles, a peregrine falcon, mergansers, great cormorants, the first tree swallows and a seal or two. Summer Camp is just around the corner, check out our combined boat and museum program HERE.

Cruising the Connecticut River

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

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