Special Events on the Connecticut River

Fall Tree Swallow Cruises

For the past 15 years, from late August to early October, the Yuknat family have brought individuals and groups on intimate cruises aboard RiverQuest and/or 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!

Captain Alex has found the best way to maneuver ADVENTURE to allow perfect views from her open decks on the bow, stern and upper decks. Her flexible seating ensures everyone gets optimal “up close and personal” viewing.

Enjoy the entire evening! We will spend about 3.5 hours on the water.

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. Captain Alex and crew promise a great evening for all to enjoy the Tree Swallow show and this special time on the pristine Connecticut River!


Private Tree Swallow Cruises (Late August to Early October):

Rent the boat and invite friends, family or co-workers, Adventure is available for Private Charters for groups up to 45 passengers. 

Have dinner on board.  Have a pot-luck event or we can refer some local caterers.



Public Tree Swallow Cruises (Late August to Early October):

We will have some cheese and crackers, and you can bring a picnic dinner and your "favorite beverage"

2018 Dates:

  • August 26 - FULL MOON - 6:00 - 9:00pm, $50
  • August 29 - 5:30 - 8:30pm, $50pp
  • September 2 - 5:30 - 8:30pm, $50pp
  • September 10 - 5:30 - 8:30pm, $50pp 
  • SOLD OUT! - September 16 - 5:00 - 8:00pm, $50pp
  • September 18 - 5:00 - 8:00pm, $50pp
  • September 26 - 5:00 - 8:00pm, $50pp

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