Upcoming Public Cruises

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!

Cruise Policies

  • The time listed on your ticket is the departure - please arrive at the dock 15 minutes prior.
  • Passengers must be over 42 inches tall. If under the age of 18, you must be accompanied by an adult.
  • A capacity limit is set by the U.S. Coast Guard. We recommend purchasing tickets in advance (walk-up tickets are sold, space permitting.)
  • Refunds are not available on pre-purchased tickets. Cruises canceled by the Aquarium due to weather will be rescheduled.
  • 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.

Norwalk Island Cruise

 Enjoy a narrated evening cruise around the Norwalk islands, offered each Thursday evening in a new offering from The Maritime Aquarium.

These two-hour outings will depart at 6 p.m. on Thursdays from May 30 to Aug. 29. Aquarium educators will offer information and tales about Shea, Chimon, Tavern and other islands just off the Norwalk harbor, as well as about the three lighthouses that the cruises will pass: Pecks Ledge, Greens Ledge and Sheffield Island. They’ll also point out waterfowl and provide details about the Sound’s marine life.

Primarily, though, the cruises are a nice evening boat ride out onto the Sound.

Food and drink is not available for purchase on the boat. You may bring food and beverages in a small bag or soft-sided cooler. Glass bottles are prohibited.

Tickets are $31.50 ($26.50 for Aquarium members.) 


Date & Time

July 11, 2019 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Our Mission

Mission: The Maritime Aquarium inspires people of all ages to appreciate and protect the Long Island Sound ecosystem and the global environment through living exhibits, marine science, and environmental education.

Contact Us

Open Daily 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Phone: (203) 852-0700

10 North Water Street
Norwalk, CT 06854

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