Sightseeing cruises in Connecticut explore state's maritime history
Sightseeing boat tours and cruises from Mystic, along the Connecticut River, and other points along the Connecticut shore offer a fresh, sailor's eye view of the rich maritime, seafaring, and ship building history of southeastern Connecticut. Join a scheduled cruise or charter a boat for a private party or a fishing excursion. Schedule cruises feature views of lighthouses
, nature viewing and bird watching -- including migrating eagles and ospreys on the Connecticut River -- and relaxation at sunset. Individual charters are great for company outings, birthdays, retirements, and bachelor parties.
One Railroad Avenue
Essex, CT, 06426
Tour the Connecticut River by Train and Boat
Enjoy the scenic beauty of the Connecticut River—named one of the “last great places on Earth” by the Nature Conservancy—from the decks of the classic Mississippi-style riverboat, Becky Thatcher. Take a vintage train ride from historic Essex Station to Deep River Landing where you’ll board Becky Thatcher for a daytime trip to East Haddam and back, past Gillette Castle and the Goodspeed Opera house, or a sunset cruise past picturesque Essex Harbor to Old Saybrook. Food and bar service are provided on board.
12 Steamboat Wharf
Mystic, CT, 06355
Half-Day Sailing Adventures… Romantic Evening Cruises
Your visit to the seafaring village of Mystic is incomplete without a cruise aboard the Schooner ARGIA. From her wooden deck, you will see the Captains' homes along the river and hear about this area so rich in maritime history. Relax as you sail by scenic coastlines, islands, and lighthouses, or help the crew hoist and trim the sails. Each cruise includes complimentary snacks and lemonade. You may also bring your own beverage and food - coolers, ice, napkins, and cups are available.
- Morning Sail: 9:30 - 11:30 am
- Mid-day Sail: Noon - 2:30 pm
- Afternoon Sail: 3:30 - 5:30 pm**
- Sunset Sail: 6:00 - 8:00 pm**
** 1/2 hour earlier after Labor Day
Sailing from the Niantic Bay Marina
Niantic, CT, 06357
From our decks watch seals and dolphins sport and play
You don't have to be fisherman to enjoy a trip aboard the Black Hawk Party Boat. From time to time we offer special sightseeing trips to introduce folks to Long Island Sound. Nature cruises are especially popular. Watch seals and dolphins cavort in the sea. We know when they're around, and where to find them. You can also watch for eagles along the shore. Our boat is also a great place to enjoy fireworks displays around the Fourth of July, or beautiful summer sunsets - please contact us for a special event schedule. Check the calendar on our website from time to time to see what's happening, or call to schedule a private charter. The Black Hawk is a fun and safe boat that is US Coast Guard inspected & certified annually.