Sightseers can admire the flora and fauna of a tidal estuary during a narrated cruise
What You'll Get
- Departure location: 35 Dodge Street, Essex
- Departure times: 10:30 a.m. (not Saturday), 1 p.m., and 3:30 p.m.
- Not valid for 10:30 a.m. Sunday cruise
- Free admission for children aged 3 and under
- Restrooms available onboard
- Free onsite parking
The Fine Print
About Essex River Cruises and Charters
Voted one of Top Ten Things To do in Essex, MA by Trip Advisor.
When the Ice Age ended more than 15,000 years ago, melting glaciers created the saltwater estuary that today sustains the Essex River’s myriad boaters, clammers, and fishermen. Amid this naturally beautiful backdrop, Essex River Cruises and Charters floats its two handsome spectator vessels, the Essex River Queen I and the Essex River Queen II. Guides lead daily, narrated cruises through the estuary, navigating the protected waters and pointing out the various local flora and fauna of the salt marsh.
Cruises embark daily from May to October and also include weekend cruises accompanied by coffee and muffins, during which passengers are treated to an educational and fun narrative about the Essex River. The fleet is also available for group tours and charters for up to 100 passengers at a time, and the staff caters signature clambakes and other events along the tidal beach. The cruise-curators even make big days memorable, transporting wedding parties to any of the many secluded tidal beaches in Essex Bay.