Daytime Cruises on RiverQuest

Come with us on the lower Connecticut River and experience an area that has been labeled by The Nature Conservancy as “One of the Last Great Places”.

Our cruises are comfortable, relaxing and safe. This is a great cruise for family, relatives from out of town or just to come for river ride. Enjoy this beautiful, pristine river in our own backyard.

See Essex Harbor and Coves, The Great Meadow, Hamburg Cove, Joshua Rock, Nott Island, the towns of Old Lyme, Lyme, Essex, Deep River and more.

We will also see local wildlife, including Bald Eagles, Osprey (April thru August) and lots more. The Captain and/or crew will tell you all about everything we see!

On Fridays we will take a little longer trip to see Gillette Castle  and the Chester-Hadlyme Ferry!

Pack a jacket, camera, binoculars and a snack if you’d like.

Museum admission is included with booking.

90 minute Daytime Cruise:

All Passengers: $30.00.

2 hour Gillette Castle Viewing Cruise:

All Passengers: $40.00.

Museum admission is included with booking.

You must buy tickets using our easy on-line booking for all our cruises! A maximum of 10 tickets can be booked by one group. Please email us at if you have more than 10.

Please check the calendar for cruise days/times.

  • It is best to book online to secure your spot.
  • Please, always confirm the cruise is going by checking the home page for any changes! or call 860-767-8269
  • There is seating for each individual aboard RiverQuest. Passengers can be out of the elements in our cozy cabin area or outside on our open stern or bow deck. Tables may not be available.
  • RiverQuest leaves the dock on time! Please check in at the dock at least 15 minutes before departure. NOTE: We may leave the dock before our scheduled departure if all booked persons are on board.
  • The Captain reserves the right to change the cruise itinerary or cancel a cruise anytime he feels that there may be a weather or safety issue.
  • We love having small groups on board (up to 10, please email us with questions). However, if you do come as a group, PLEASE be aware that this is a narrated cruise and that others on board want to hear the crew and their wonderful narration, so no loud chatting please. We do NOT allow large coolers of beverage AND/OR food to share, only individual/lap food on this cruise.
  • For a chatting/drinking gathering, please email us about booking an affordable Private Charters! Thanks.
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