Special Cruises

Bicentennial Cruise from Essex

Bicentennial Cruise departing from ESSEX, War of 1812

The British dropped anchor at the mouth of the Connecticut River and in the wee hours of April 8th, 136 British officers, sailors and marines, made their way up river on smaller heavily armed boats to Essex to destroy the town’s shipping, specifically the privateer ships. They came ashore at the foot of Main Street. Homes and businesses in town were spared, but, 27 ships in EssexHarbour were burned and destroyed. Follow the route that the British took on the river and learn more about this fascinating event on a narrated river cruise aboard RiverQuest. The cruise will last for approximately one hour and 45 minutes. The cost is $40pp. Please book on-line. 

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CRUISE DATE: TBD

 

Geology Cruise on the Lower CT River

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Connecticut and the Connecticut River is had "rich" geology. We will have a geologist onboard to tell you all about how the Connecticut River formed and many other interesting geological facts of the river. Departure from Eagle Landing Park, Haddam.

 

CRUISE DATE:  October 25th, 2017. 2:00pm to 4:00pm.

 

The Essex Land Trust is sponsoring this geology cruise with Ralph Lewis on RiverQuest Wednesday, Oct 25.  

BYO picnic/beverage. $30/person. T

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Bad weather cancels.

 

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Search for Fireworks Sunset Cruise

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Although there are no scheduled fireworks for this evening, we will “search” for any that may be displayed along the edge of the river. Last year we did quite well! Great time! Bring your picnic basket/favorite beverage, relax and enjoy the journey. No one under 12 please. $40pp. Please book on-line. Thanks!

 

Cruise Date: Tuesday, July 4th, 2017, 7:30pm departure return around 10:00pm-ish. Cost is $40pp.

 

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Our other Boat ADVENTURE will be heading out too! Join us aboard Adventure 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. Although there are no scheduled fireworks for this evening, we will “search” for any that may be displayed from homes along the edge of the river. Bring your picnic basket and favorite beverage.

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Summer Solstice Cruise

Take a relaxing evening cruise as we celebrate the Summer Solstice. Everyone loves summer and this is the start! This is the longest day of the year. What better place to be then on RiverQuest cruising on the beautiful lower Connecticut River. Bring your picnic basket and favorite beverage. There will be complimentary dessert on board including Captain Mark’s famous Key Lime Pie! Cost: $40pp. No one under 12 years old please.

 

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Cruise Date: 

Wednesday June 21, 2017 depart at 6pm to 8:30pm.

 

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Father's Day Cruise

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Join us aboard RiverQuest and spend some quality time with Dad! Depart from Eagle Landing State Park in Haddam (across the river from the Goodspeed Opera House). On this special day, DAD IS HALF PRICE! This 60 minute cruise is $10 kids, $16 adults, but, on Father’s Day, Dad cruises for only $8 with the purchase of a full price adult or child ticket. Learn about the nature and history of the lower Connecticut River. Relax in the morning or throughout most of the day and then come for a cruise! You may bring a sandwich on board or have a bite to eat before or after your cruise at one of the fine local restaurants in Haddam, East Haddam, Chester or Essex.  Departs at 11:00am, 12:30pm and 2:00pm.

NOTE: Dad must be accompanied with a child of any age!

Cruise Date:

June 18, 2017. Departure times: 11:00am, 12:30pm, 2:00pm 

 

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Selden Island Exploration

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RiverQuest will leave Haddam and cruise south down the Connecticut River to Selden Island where passengers will disembark onto this 640 acre island, the largest island in the state of Connecticut and a Connecticut State Park. In the late 1800’s, a huge granite quarry, that primarily supplied paving stones to New York City and Philadelphia, operated on Selden Island. A naturalist and/or historian will guide a hiking tour on the island pointing out wildlife, plant life, geology and will explain the fascinating stone quarrying history of the island. At the "top" of the island we will pause so that you can enjoy a beautiful panoramic view of the Connecticut River. The hike portion of the trip lasts about two hours (this includes stopping at points of interest) and is fairly strenuous, dress appropriately. Bring a lunch or a snack with you to munch on as we cruise back to Haddam. $40 per person.

CRUISE DATE: Saturday, May 23, 2015 - Depart at 8:30am. Return around 12:30pm. Please call CT Audubon EcoTravel Division at 860-767-0660 to reserve a spot on this cruise.

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East Haddam (and more) History River Cruise

Join us aboard RiverQuest and take a relaxing evening cruise on the lower Connecticut River, departure from Eagle Landing State Park in Haddam. Learn about the history of the Connecticut River from members of the East Haddam Historical Society. Learn about Venture Smith, the Goodspeed family and other influential local founding fathers. We will cruise through the towns of East Haddam, Haddam, Lyme and Chester. Bring a picnic basket if you’d like. Light refreshments will be served.

 

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Mother's Day Cruise

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Join us aboard RiverQuest and spend some quality time with Mom! Depart from Eagle Landing State Park in Haddam (across the river from the Goodspeed).

On this special day, MOM IS HALF PRICE! NOTE: Mom must be accompanied with a child of any age!

This 90 minute cruise departs at 11:30am, 1:30pm and 3:30pm and is $15 kids, $20 adults, but, on Mother’s Day, May 10th, Mom cruises for only $10.

Learn about the nature and history of the lower Connecticut River. See the beautiful Spring Foliage!

Let Mom have a relaxing morning, maybe breakfast in bed, a light brunch, then bring your family lunch on board or have a bite to eat before or after your cruise at a fine local restaurant in East Haddam, Chester or Essex.

NOTE: Mom must be accompanied with a child of any age!

Cruise Date: 

5/14/17 is canceled. May 20 is postpone date is: Saturday (not Sunday) at 11:30am and 1:30pm!
 

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