Start summer off with an on the water excursion with the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk located on 10 North Water Street in Norwalk. The Aquarium is offering four special cruises that are sure to delight.
The first tour is the *adults* only sunset cruise on Saturday, July 18. Participants will 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. The 2.5-hour cruise departs at 6:30 p.m. and is for ages 21 and older. Tickets are $49.95 and include a signature cocktail. Additional drinks will be available for purchase. Light fare is available by pre-order by noon on Wed., June 15.
A second sunset cruise is offered on Friday, June 24 and is family friendly. Bring the kids for a fun relaxing tour out to the Norwalk islands timed to include the setting sun. (Height minimum of 42 inches.) Aquarium educators will point out sights and wildlife, but this cruise stresses de-stressing while twilight paints the western sky. The 2.5-hour cruise departs at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $29.95 ($19.95 for Aquarium members).
The next cruise that takes in Western Long Island Sound is being offered on Saturday, June 25. 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. Tickets are $75 (or $65 for Aquarium members).
To round out the month of June, the Aquarium is offering a "fireworks" cruise on Thursday, June 30. On this cruise, you will enjoy a unique water view of municipal holiday displays – times two, thanks to reflections on the surface – and avoid the crowds and traffic. The June 30 outing, which departs from the Aquarium dock at 7 p.m., will view the fireworks display off Westport's Compo Beach. Small soft-sided coolers are allowed, but alcoholic beverages and glass bottles are prohibited. Tickets are $50 per person. (Other "Fireworks Cruises" are planned for July 2 to Fairfield's Penfield/Jennings Beach, July 3 for Stamford's Cummings Beach Park, and July 4 to Norwalk's Calf Pasture Beach.)
On all cruises, binoculars will be provided. But bring your camera! All participants must be at least 42 inches tall to board. Those under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult. R/V Spirit of the Sound has a climate-controlled cabin but participants should dress for time outside on deck, where the best viewing occurs. Capacity is limited so advance reservations are strongly suggested for all Aquarium cruises. Reserve your tickets online – and see the full summer schedule for R/V Spirit of the Sound – at
www.maritimeaquarium.org. Or call (203) 852-0700, ext. 2206. For more area information www.visitfairfieldcountyct.com