Sailing from the Niantic Bay MarinaNiantic, CT, 06357Phone: 860-448-3662Toll-Free: 800-382-2824
Book a fishing or sightseeing cruise and enjoy the fun of being out on the water
The great outdoors doesn’t get any greater than when you’re experiencing it from the deck of a party boat. At Blackhawk Sportfishing, you can have the fun of reeling in porgy in early May, fluke and bluefish in the summer, sea bass in the fall. Bring your own gear or rent a rod and reel on the boat. Keep your fish (for a small fee, the crew will fillet and clean them for you) or have them tossed back – or donated to a food bank. Not up for a fishing cruise? Blackhawk also offers sunset and nature cruises as well as seal and eagle watches. Bring your own cooler (beer is OK if it’s not in bottles) or buy burgers, dogs and snacks onboard.
1650 Hartford-New London Tpke. (Rt. 85)Oakdale, CT, 06370Phone: 860-443-4367
Looking for adventures for all ages? Make tracks to this dinosaur-themed play park
Make tracks today to The Dinosaur Place at Nature’s Art Village, a 60-acre outdoor adventure park that features over 50 life-sized dinos on 1.5 miles of pristine, easy-to-walk nature trails. Pose for a selfie under the belly of a 40-foot-tall Brachiosaurus, explore dino-filled caves, feel the vibrations of a rumbling volcano at Raptor Bay, a 7-acre lake. Other outdoor attractions include New England’s largest Splash Pad, a dinosaur-themed maze and Monty’s Playground with a variety of climbing, jumping, balancing and sliding activities. At the T-Rex Tower, climb through a crazy obstacle-filled tower, swing across on a zip line and slide down a super-slick slide. There’s also an 18-hole Old West-themed mini golf course.
One Railroad AvenueEssex, CT, 06426Phone: 860-767-0103Toll-Free: 800-377-3987
Observe, celebrate the great outdoors from the seat of a classic steam train or riverboat
Experience the outdoors from a truly unique vantage point when you book a train, boat or combination trip at Essex Steam Train & Riverboat. Vintage coaches pulled by a steam engine will rumble through the Connecticut River Valley where you might see the ducks, swans, blue heron, egrets and eagles of the tidal wetlands of Pratt Cove and Chester Creek. The narrated eco-excursion also includes a look at undeveloped Selden Neck State Park, accessible otherwise only by boat. Take a round trip back to historic Essex Station or board the Mississippi-style riverboat, the Becky Thatcher, for a cruise along the Connecticut River past quiet coves, inlets, marshes and stretches of rocky shoreline and well as wildlife. The smaller Adventure riverboat also is available for sunset, foliage and tree swallow cruises. Please check our website for current train & riverboat schedules.
Sail into the past aboard the Mystic-based schooner Argia
Aboard the 81-foot sailing vessel Argia, a modern replica of a 19th century packet schooner, you can travel back into the past – gliding by history-rich Mystic, helping the crew hoist and trim the sails – or just enjoy the view of islands, lighthouses and scenic coastlines from the vessel’s spacious wooden deck. The Coast Guard licensed schooner sails protected waters during the day and, for those seeking the romance of the sea at twilight, at sunset. Pack a picnic and a bottle of wine (or order snacks from us when you book) to make this excursion truly memorable. There are seats for all 49 passengers and a lovely little main salon down below.