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R/V "Spirit of the Sound"

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk's RV Spirit of the Sound™ is the only research vessel in North America with clean green quiet hybrid-electric propulsion. Public cruises opportunities include: Marine Life Study Cruises (May-October); lighthouse cruises (year-round); and Seal-Spotting & Birding... Read More

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk's RV Spirit of the Sound™ is the only research vessel in North America with clean green quiet hybrid-electric propulsion. Public cruises opportunities include: Marine Life Study Cruises (May-October); lighthouse cruises (year-round); and Seal-Spotting & Birding Cruises (December-March). The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk's RV Spirit of the Sound™ is the only research vessel in North America with clean green quiet hybrid-electric propulsion.  She began operations in July 2015, launching a new era in examining, monitoring and teaching about  Long Island Sound.

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk's RV Spirit of the Sound™ is the only research vessel in North America with clean green quiet hybrid-electric propulsion.  She began operations in July 2015, launching a new era in examining, monitoring and teaching about Long Island Sound.

The following public cruises are available aboard R/V Spirit of the Sound.  See the Aquarium’s website for specific dates, times and prices, and to make reservations, which are strongly recommended. 

•  Marine Life Study Cruises  – Examine a variety of fish, crabs, mollusks and other creatures brought up out of the Sound right before your eyes during these memorable 2.5-hour cruises. Participants also help find tiny crabs, worms and other animals hidden in the muddy bottom, and view plankton using a videomicroscope linked to the boat’s giant-screen monitor. The 2016 season starts on weekends from May 14-June 19, and then runs daily July 1 through Labor Day.

•  Central Long Island Sound Lighthouse Cruise  –  Offered once a month. This cruise will make passes by five historic beacons:  Peck Ledge, Greens Ledge and Sheffield Island lighthouses in Norwalk, and also Penfield Reef Lighthouse in Fairfield and Stratford Shoal (Middle Ground) Light.  The 4.5-hour cruise departs at 10 a.m.

•  Western Long Island Sound Lighthouse Cruise”  –  Offered once a month. This cruise will make close passes by Greens Ledge and Sheffield Island lighthouses in Norwalk, Harbor Ledge in Stamford, Great Captain Island of Greenwich, Execution Rocks off New Rochelle, and Long Island’s Stepping Stones, Sands Point and Eatons Neck lights.  All but the Sands Point Lighthouse are on the National Register of Historic Places. The 6.5-hour cruise departs at 9 a.m.

•  Sunset Cruise  –  Offered several times each month; some for adults-only, some are all-ages.  Enjoy a fun relaxing tour out to the Norwalk islands timed to include the setting sun. Aquarium educators will point out sights and wildlife, but this cruise stresses de-stressing while twilight paints the western sky.  2.5-hours.

All participants must be at least 42 inches tall to board. Those under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Advance reservations are strongly suggested for all Aquarium cruises. 

Pricing: Prices vary by cruise type.

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Location:

10 North Water St.
Norwalk, CT 06854

Hours:

See description, or www.maritimeaquarium.org

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