Aug/Sep – Tree Swallow Sunset Cruise

For the past 20 years RiverQuest has brought individuals and groups on intimate cruises aboard RiverQuest to a special spot on the Connecticut River where 100’s of thousands of Tree Swallows gather. After spending the day miles away, the swallows return each night to sleep in the reeds. They gather at sunset and perform aerial ballets forming an amazing display of art, coordination and cooperation!

Now RiverQuest is operated from the Connecticut River Museum and Cathy, Captains, and Crew are excited to continue the tradition. RiverQuest can maneuver  to allow perfect views from their open decks. RiverQuest’s flexible seating ensures everyone gets optimal “up close and personal” viewing.

Enjoy the entire evening! We will spend 2 hours on the water aboard RiverQuest.

The cruise is primarily about the Tree Swallows, however, it is also about the journey….there is so much to see while cruising along the river. Many birds are migrating through the area at this time; for the fall season, we have seen a record number of Bald Eagles and Great Egrets in past years. On board Naturalist(s), will educate you on the Tree Swallow phenomenon and all the other wildlife we see. On the return cruise home, there is time to chat with others and experience the river at twilight, blending into night.

Don’t forget your camera.

This is a small group experience that is unique each sailing. We promise a great evening for all to enjoy the Tree Swallow show and this special time on the pristine Connecticut River!

RiverQuest: $45 adults only. No Children under 12.

You must purchase tickets using our “BOOK NOW” button. Thank you.

2024 Dates:

Wednesday – Sunday on both vessels:  RiverQuest and Onrust

Depart 6:30pm  from August 24 – September 1

Depart 6:00pm September 4 – September 15

Depart 5:30pm September 18 – September 25

Check the Calendar for Days and Times.

  • These cruises DO SELL OUT. It is required to book online to secure your spot.
  • You are able to bring your own picnic basket or snacks and your favorite “beverage” to enjoy on this special cruise.  “Lap” food works best!
  • Please, always confirm the cruise is going by checking the or home page for any changes! or call 860-767-8269
  • RiverQuest leaves the dock on time! Please check in at the dock at least fifteen minutes before departure.
  • NO ON-LINE BOOKING FOR OVER TEN (10) PERSONS.  Please email us if you have more than ten.
  • The Captain reserves the right to change the cruise itinerary, duration or cancel a cruise anytime he feels that there may be a weather, viewing or safety issue. We want to remind everyone that this is a nature cruise and the weather can change in minutes. There are times when a cruise may need to be canceled very last minute. We will of course try to give as much notice as possible. Thank your for your understanding.


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