Today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Our research vessel, "R/V Spirit of the Sound" cruises all year long, offering a cleaner and greener venue to explore Long Island Sound. All cruises leave from the Aquarium Dock which is located next to our IMAX® theater!
There is minimal handicap accessibility aboard the Spirit of the Sound. Please be aware that our staff are unable to assist in lifting people or devices, and that the ramp to the vessel dock can have a 25% grade depending on the tides.
Photo Credit: Patty Doyle
Cruise out with us in hopes of spotting some of the seals that come into Long Island Sound each winter. We'll seek out the seals to observe them near the Norwalk Islands as they “haul out” to rest on rocks exposed at low tide.
During the 2.5-hour cruises, educators will talk about the seals’ natural histories and use artifacts to discuss seal anatomy. And they’ll discuss what happens with the Sound’s marine population during the winter: who stays, who migrates out and who migrates in (besides the seals).
These cruises also give birders unique “on-the-water” access to see and photograph visiting winter waterfowl, such as buffleheads, mergansers, Brant geese and long-tailed ducks.