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Explore Long Island Sound On Maritime Aquarium Cruises

Devon Forest, an educator for The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, holds a summer flounder during one of the Aquarium’s recent Marine Life Study Cruises.
Devon Forest, an educator for The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, holds a summer flounder during one of the Aquarium’s recent Marine Life Study Cruises. Photo Credit: Contributed

NORWALK, Conn. – The spring air is warming and the marine animals are returning, which means the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk is beginning its full summer slate of public cruise programs aboard its new hybrid-electric research vessel.

The following cruises onto Long Island Sound are available in May aboard the Maritime Aquarium’s R/V Spirit of the Sound:

Central Long Island Sound Lighthouse Cruise – Saturday at 10 a.m. This cruise will make passes by five historic beacons: Peck Ledge, Greens Ledge and Sheffield Island lighthouses in Norwalk, Penfield Reef Lighthouse in Fairfield and Stratford Shoal (Middle Ground) Light. The cruise is four and a half hours. Tickets are $70 ($60 for Aquarium members).

Marine Life Study Cruises 2016 season – weekends from Saturday, May 14 to Sunday, June 19 – Examine a variety of fish, crabs, mollusks and other creatures brought up out of the Sound during the two and a half-hour cruises.

Marine Life Study Cruises – Weekends from Saturday, May 14 to Sunday, June 19, and then daily Friday, July 1 through Labor Day. Most cruises depart at 1 p.m., but some outings are at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Click here for specific dates and times. Tickets are $29.95 ($24.95 for members).

Adults-Only Sunset Cruise – Saturday, May 21. Enjoy a tour to the Norwalk islands timed to include the setting sun. Aquarium educators will point out sights and wildlife. The two and a half-hour cruise departs at 5 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 Wednesday, May 18.

Western Long Island Sound Lighthouse Cruise – Saturday, May 28. 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. The six and a half-hour cruise departs at 9 a.m. Tickets are $75 (or $65 for Aquarium members).

Click here to reserve tickets online and see the full schedule.

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