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Sunset Cruise

September 9, 2016 @ 8:30 pm - September 30, 2016 @ 8:30 pm

Friday Night Swallow Cruise

In September, take the Becky Thatcher to a spectacular natural phenomenon as hundreds of thousands of Tree Swallows converge on the lower Connecticut River and swarm as a beautifully choreographed flock over Goose Island before settling in on a giant communal roost each evening at sunset. The birds come from as far as 30 miles away and in such number that they show up on weather radar.

September 9 – 30

  • Board the train at Essex Station for a 5:00 pm departure
  • 3-hour cruise down the Connecticut River aboard the Becky Thatcher riverboat
  • Train brings you back to Essex Station between 8:30 and 9:00 pm (depending upon time of Swallow event)
  • Food and beverage service are available at the fully stocked bar
    (Due to our liquor permit, no BYOB permitted)
  • Due to the time of day and duration of the cruise, Swallow Cruise is not recommended for children under 10
  • Tickets are $35, advanced tickets recommended – purchase online


September 9, 2016 @ 8:30 pm
September 30, 2016 @ 8:30 pm
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Essex Steam Train
One Railroad Avenue
Essex, CT United States
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    Essex Board of Trade, Inc., P.O. Box 322
    Essex, CT 06426 or email Info@EssexCT.com