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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.

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Essex Steam Train & Riverboat

One Railroad Avenue Essex, CT, 06426 Phone: 860-767-0103 Toll-Free: 800-377-3987

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. Please check our website regularly for 2020 schedules and updates.
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Black Hawk Sportfishing

Sailing from the Niantic Bay Marina Niantic, CT, 06357 Phone: 860-448-3662 Toll-Free: 800-382-2824

Charter boat’s specialty cruises will get you up close to nature, fireworks

You never can tell what you’ll see when you go out on a cruise with Blackhawk Sportfishing. Specialty trips on the Blackhawk include nature cruises, eagle-watch cruises, seal watches, sunset cruises and fireworks cruises. Charter this fast, clean, comfortable boat, one of the fastest of its kind in New England, for a birthday party or other big gathering. Or arrange for a fishing cruise, where, in addition to fish, you might see a dolphin or two. The impeccably maintained vessel out of Niantic, Conn., has a galley that serves hot dogs, burgers, snacks and soda, and you can bring your own cooler aboard. Kids are welcome and might even get to honk the horn or win a free tee-shirt.
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Argia Mystic Cruises

75 Steamboat Wharf Mystic, CT, 06355 Phone: 860-536-0416

Half-Day Sailing Adventures… Romantic Evening Sails

May 1st through late October, choose a half-day or sunset sail aboard the sailing ship ARGIA! Discover islands, lighthouses, and traditional windjammer sailing, right from down-town Mystic, Connecticut. ARGIA accommodates up to 49 guests for public or private half-day or evening sails down the historic Mystic River to Fishers' Island Sound. Sail in smooth and protected waters aboard this Coast Guard licensed vessel.

Relax as you sail by scenic coastlines, take a turn at the helm, or help the crew hoist and trim the sails. Pack a picnic and a bottle of wine (or order snacks from us when you book) to make this excursion truly memorable.
Departures Daily (May 1st thru mid-October) at:
  • 9:30am
  • Noon
  • 3:00pm
  • 6:00pm (5:30 after Labor Day)
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