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.
Venture out with us for rare close-up looks at five historic lighthouses on Long Island Sound. During the cruise, Aquarium educators will share histories and anecdotes about the lighthouses, and also point out the Sound's waterfowl. We'll make passes by these lighthouses: Peck Ledge, Greens Ledge and Sheffield Island in Norwalk, Penfield Reef in Fairfield, Black Rock Harbor Light (or Fayerweather) and Stratford Shoal (or Middle Ground.) All the lighthouses are on the National Register of Historic Places.
R/V Spirit of the Sound has a climate-controlled cabin. Binoculars and water are provided. Food is not available for purchase on the boat. You may bring food and non-alcoholic beverages in a small bag or soft-sided cooler. Glass bottles are prohibited.
The Maritime Aquarium is now participating in the U.S. Lighthouse Society's Lighthouse Passport Program, a fun way to officially log your lighthouse adventures. Bring along your passport, or buy one aboard the R/V Spirit of the Sound. We'll stamp your Passport for every lighthouse we see during your Aquarium Lighthouse Cruise. Also, members of the U.S. Lighthouse Society now receive 10% discounts on the Aquarium's Lighthouse Cruises!