Tree Swallow Sunset Cruise on RiverQuest

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Note: We try to set up tables for groups of four or more. If you are booked separately, but want to sit at a table together, please let us know who you want to be with.


Also note that you may bring your own food and "favorite" beverage aboard our cruises, no need to purchase anything!


Captain Mark and Mindy are the pioneers of Tree Swallow watching!
For the past 14 years they 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!

Over the years Captain Mark has found the best way to maneuver RiverQuest (and now Capt Alex, Adventure) to allow perfect views from her open decks on the bow and stern. 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 now; last year we saw a record number of Bald Eagles and Great Egrets. Our on board Naturalist(s), will educate you on the 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.


You are able to bring your own picnic basket or snacks and your favorite "beverage" to enjoy on this special cruise.  There may not be tables for everyone, so singles and smaller groups, please bring "lap" type food.


Don't forget your camera and binoculars (or borrow a pair of ours)!


This is a small group experience that is unique each sailing. Mark, Mindy and crew promise a great evening for all to enjoy the Tree Swallow show and this special time on the pristine Connecticut River!


Cost is $40pp. NOTE: Due to the length of this evening cruise, we ask that no children under 12 years old be booked. Please email us for questions/comments.


These cruises sell out, so, reservations are required. Please use our on-line booking. We can sometimes take on last minute passengers, so, email us anytime.


NO BOOKING FOR OVER TEN PERSONS (email us to discuss if you have more). Please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Roger Tory Peterson of the Peterson Field Guides quote on this phenomenon: 

“I have seen a million flamingos on the lakes of East Africa and as many seabirds on the cliffs of the Alaska Pribilofs, but for sheer drama, the tornadoes of Tree Swallows eclipsed any other avian spectacle I have ever seen.”    


2017 Cruise Dates:

Check our calendar and Special Cruise Dates Page for exact dates, departure time and for SOLD OUT cruises.   

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Private Tree Swallow Sunset Cruise Charters: $1650 for the whole boat! Private Charters will normally be aboard ADVENTURE.           


MyTV9 Star Sees Swallows at Sunset: Angela watches an air show like no other Watch Video>>>

  • Sarah Cody form Fox 61 DayTripper News came on a Tree Swallow Cruise with us. See her video: Watch Video>>>
  • Autumn on the Connecticut River With the Swallows - 9/2/14, By HELEN O'NEILL Associated Press Read Article>>

On 09-24, there were so many Tree Swallows in the air, that Ryan of NBC weather posted the radar images on his Blog:  


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Meteorologist Ryan Hanrahan NBC CT 30- How the swallows appear on Radar!    





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