Aug/Sep – Tree Swallow Sunset Cruise

Captain Mark and Mindy are the pioneers of Tree Swallow watching!
For the past 16 years they have brought individuals and groups on intimate cruises aboard RiverQuest and Adventure 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, and now Capt Alex, Adventure, to allow perfect views from their open decks. Both vessel’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, 3.5 to 4 hours aboard Adventure..

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 saw a record number of Bald Eagles and Great Egrets last year. 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 and binoculars (or borrow a pair of ours)!

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: Adults: $40

Adventure: Adults: $50

(No Children under 12)

Days & Times

2020 Dates:

August 21 – into October

Check the Calendar for Days and Times.

NOTE: More dates will 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 and Adventure leave the dock on time! Please check in at the dock at least fifteen minutes before departure.
  • NO ON-LINE BOOKING FOR OVER TEN PERSONS.  Please email us if you have more than 10.
  • The Captain reserves the right to change the cruise itinerary 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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