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Maritime Aquarium Cruises Offer Chances To See Nature Up Close

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk will offer a series of cruises in March for nature and marine lovers.
The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk will offer a series of cruises in March for nature and marine lovers. Photo Credit: The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.

NORWALK, Conn. -- Look for seals in Long Island Sound, enjoy the colors of twilight on the water and get close to eight historic lighthouses through a variety of public cruises offered in March by The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.

The Aquarium’s current season of “Seal-Spotting & Birding Cruises” continues with outings March 13, 19 and 20. New “Sunset Cruises” debut on Saturday, March 19, with an adults-only happy-hour-type outing to the Norwalk islands. And a “Western Long Island Sound Lighthouse Cruise” on Saurday, March 26, will feature special guest Jeremy D’Entremont, who has been called the leading expert on New England's historic lighthouses.

Here are the details of the outings:

  • Seal-Spotting & Birding Cruises – Journey out in hopes of seeing some of the seals and waterfowl that visit the Sound each winter. March departures are: Sunday, March 13 at 9 a.m.; Saturda., March 19 at 1 p.m.; and Sunday, March 20 at 2 p.m. Tickets for these 2.5-hour cruises are $24.95 ($19.95 for Aquarium members)
  • Sunset Cruise, March 19 – 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 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 March 16.
  • Western Long Island Sound Lighthouse Cruise, Saturday, March 26 – 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-hour cruise departs at 9 a.m. Tickets are $75 (or $65 for Aquarium members).

Advance reservations are strongly suggested for all Aquarium cruises. Reserve your tickets online , or call 203-852-0700, ext. 2206.

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