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

You’ll feel you are traveling back in time when you board Mississippi-style riverboat

When you board the Becky Thatcher, the Mississippi-style riverboat that is part of the Essex Steam Train & Riverboat experience, you will feel like you are traveling back in time to a more relaxed age. Serenity surrounds you on the boat’s multiple decks as you cruise along the Connecticut River, past its coves, inlets, marshes, wildlife and scenic rocky shoreline. You’ll go by Gillette Castle, the Goodspeed Opera House and Haddam Swing Bridge before heading back to Deep River Landing for your return trip, via train, to Essex Station. The 70-foot riverboat holds 150 passengers; food and drinks are available. A smaller riverboat, the Adventure, is also available to charter, with sunset, tree swallow and fall foliage cruises and two- to four-hour custom cruises. Please check our website for current train & riverboat schedules.
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Blackhawk Sport Fishing

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

Head out to sea to observe the perfect sunset, frolicking seals, eagles in flight

Doesn’t a day out on the water, soaking in the ocean air and the sights of the coast, sound perfect? Once you board the impeccably maintained boat at Blackhawk Sport Fishing, prepare to relax and enjoy your sea cruise. In addition to its popular fishing cruises, Blackhawk also offers a variety of sightseeing excursions. Take a sunset cruise, nature cruise or fireworks cruise or a specialized cruise to observe swimming seals or soaring eagles. Blackhawk also offers private charters for a minimum of 15 people. A galley offers hot dogs, burgers, snacks, soda, coffee and cocoa. You can bring your own cooler (beer is fine as long as it’s not in glass bottles). Check the website for a schedule of cruises and ticket information.
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Argia Mystic Cruises

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

Sail Away!

Discover islands, lighthouses and the beauty of sailing as you bask in the sun and salt air aboard the traditional schooner, Argia. This unique trip aboard one of the last sailing ships in New England offers you an ideal way to see the quaint maritime village of Mystic CT and its beautiful shoreline. Step aboard for a journey into the past. Depart from Mystic's historic Bascule Bridge, a national historic landmark, and sail down the Mystic River. Morgan Point Lighthouse and the quaint fishing village of Noank greet you at the river’s mouth, followed by islands and peaceful sailing. 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 thru mid-October) at ARGIA!