Boat Tours

New for 2018! NESS is offering boat tours and charters on our new Carolina Skiff.

General information:

  • – Please check-in 15 minutes prior to your scheduled departure time. You will be asked to fill out some brief paperwork before you hit the water!
  • – We depart from our docks at 72 Water Street in Stonington, CT.
  • – Parking is available on the street in Stonington or in one of the public lots at Dubois Beach or the Stonington Town Docks.
  • – Relax! Please feel free to bring your own beverages and snacks onboard.
  • – Our boat is an open-air boat, please dress appropriately. Hats, sunglasses, sunscreen, and extra layers are all recommended.
  • – Passengers under age 11 must wear a life jacket (don’t worry…we have plenty!).
  • – Please let us know if you (or accompanying friends or family members) have specific needs so we can be sure your trip is safe and enjoyable.
  • – All tours and charters are by reservation. Please reserve seats prior to your arrival (see below for more details on registering). Call us at 860-535-9362 or email adventure@nessf.org if you have any questions.

Join the NESS marine science team!

Come aboard our new open-air Carolina Skiff and explore what makes our local waters healthy. Work with NESS Educators to collect important water quality data that is reported to the Long Island Sound Unified Water Study. Become a steward of our vibrant brackish estuary and help protect our waters for future generations!

NESS Water Quality Excursions are available on just a few Saturdays each summer depending on the sunrise. All excursions are three hours long and by reservation only. Adult passengers are $30, while children 12 and under are $25 (this program is not recommended for children under 5). Bring a group of 4 or more and receive a group discount! Check-in 15 minutes prior to your scheduled departure time and dress in layers.

Looking for a fun and exciting adventure!?

Come aboard our new open-air Carolina Skiff and cruise Fishers Island Sound for 2 hours. Our captains will go above and beyond to make this trip the highlight of your summer! Explore the historical, nautical, and biological points of interest in our surrounding waters.

NESS Boat Tours are available most Saturdays from 10:00am – 12:00pm and 1:00pm – 3:00pm by reservation only. Adult passengers are $30 for the experience, while children 12 and under are $25 (children under 2 and under are free). Bring a group of 4 or more and receive a group discount! Check-in 15 minutes prior to your scheduled departure time and dress in layers for a cool on-the-water experience.

Whether you are traveling with your family, visiting for work, or looking for a relaxing boat cruise at the end of a long day, NESS’s Stonington Harbor Cruise is for everyone. Come aboard our new, open-air Carolina Skiff and cruise historical Stonington Harbor for 90 minutes with one of our entertaining and knowledgeable captains. Experience the breathtaking beauty of the natural environment and listen to stories of the past and present unique to Fisher’s Island Sound. We invite you to bring your own beverages to heighten the spirit. This cruise is an opportunity not to be missed; come and see historic Stonington Borough from a whole new angle!

Stonington Harbor Cruises are available Wednesday and Thursday from 6:00pm – 7:30pm or by special request. All tours and charters are by reservation only. Adult passengers are $25 for the experience, while children 12 and under are $20 (children under 2 and under are free). Check-in 15 minutes prior to your scheduled departure time and dress in layers for a cool on-the-water experience.

Get hooked on fishing!

Enjoy an unforgettable day on Long Island Sound with one of our experienced anglers! Whether you are a green horn or a seasoned fisherman, we can tailor a fishing adventure for you and your family or friends. Practice tying knots, baiting hooks, and casting lines aboard our new Carolina Skiff. Catch and release only (unless participants have a valid Saltwater Fishing License). Feel free to bring your own fishing rods and tackle or use ours!

NESS Fishing Charters are available on just a few Saturdays each summer from 9:00am – 12:00pm and 1:00pm – 4:00pm, don’t miss out! All charters are by reservation only. Adult passengers are $50, while children 12 and under are $40 (not recommended for children under 5). Bring a group of 4 or more and receive a group discount! Check-in 15 minutes prior to your scheduled departure time and dress in layers for a cool on-the-water experience.

Don’t own a boat? Just use ours!

Looking for a unique venue for your next event? Come aboard our new open-air Carolina Skiff for an unforgettable trip. Perfect for wedding groups, sightseeing, parties, celebrations, and more. Our private charters allow your group to get out on the water and enjoy our spectacular local shoreline. Bring your own food, drink, and music which we can stream to the skiff’s audio system.

Contact us at adventure@nessf.org to reserve your unforgettable trip!

Each charter can accommodate 16 people!

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