Aug/Sep – Tree Swallow Sunset Cruise

Captain Mark and Mindy are the pioneers of Tree Swallow watching!
For the past 18 years they have 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!

Over the years Captain Mark has found the best way to maneuver RiverQuest, 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 3 to 3.5 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. Mark, Mindy and crew promise a great evening for all to enjoy the Tree Swallow show and this special time on the pristine Connecticut River!

Days & Times
A Few Other Things

RiverQuest: $50 adults only. No Children under 12.

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

Days & Times

2021 Dates:

Depart 5:30pm  from August 20 – September 10

Depart 5:00pm September 11 – September 26

Depart 4:30pm September 27 – September 30

Check the Calendar for Days and Times.

NOTE: More dates may be added as we Sell Out!

A Few Other Things
  • 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 ctriverquest.com home page for any changes! or call 860-662-0577
  • RiverQuest leaves the dock on time! Please check in at the dock at least fifteen minutes before departure.
  • NO ON-LINE BOOKING FOR OVER EIGHT (8) PERSONS.  Please email us if you have more than eight.
  • 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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