Friday & Saturday Night Swallow Cruise

In September, take the Becky Thatcher to a spectacular natural phenomenon as hundreds of thousands of Tree and Barn Swallows converge on the lower Connecticut River and swarm as a beautifully choreographed flock over Goose Island before settling in on a giant communal roost each evening at sunset. The birds come from as far as 30 miles away and in such number that they show up on weather radar.


  • Board the train at Essex Station for a 5:00 pm departure
  • 3-hour cruise down the Connecticut River aboard the Becky Thatcher riverboat
  • Train brings you back to Essex Station between 8:30 and 9:00 pm (depending upon time of Swallow event)
  • Food and beverage service are available at the fully stocked bar
    (Due to our liquor permit, no BYOB permitted)
  • Due to the time of day and duration of the cruise, Swallow Cruise is not recommended for children under 10
  • Tickets are $35, advanced tickets recommended

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