We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Essex River Cruises & Charters

Certificate of Excellence
Improve this listing
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 35 Dodge St., Essex, MA 01929
Phone Number: +1 978-768-6981
Website
Improve this listing
Today
8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Description: "Enjoy a scenic river excursion that captures the essence of New England...
"Enjoy a scenic river excursion that captures the essence of New England " -Boston Globe. 1 1/2 hour narrated cruises, 1 hour evening cocktail cruise, along the calm waters of the Essex River. Glide back in time, past islands, dunes & beaches formed by glaciers. See historic mansions, shipyards, saltmarsh farms, rare birds, wildlife, and stunning scenery. Charters &Clambakes. Restroom onboard, free parking, handicaped accessible, cards taken, and bar available.
read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 70 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 39
    Excellent
  • 23
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Great adventure for young and old

We really enjoyed this leisurely cruise out the Essex River to the tip of Crane Beach. The captain of the pontoon boat told us all about the nature and the history of the shore... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
SeaJay26
,
Wayland, Massachusetts
Add Photo Write a Review

70 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Rate and write a review
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Wayland, Massachusetts
Level Contributor
160 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

We really enjoyed this leisurely cruise out the Essex River to the tip of Crane Beach. The captain of the pontoon boat told us all about the nature and the history of the shore. We saw some beautiful birds and a few seals. There is a lot of colonial history along the way. The cruise lasts 90 minutes. The boat... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Boston
Level Contributor
38 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

The Essex River Cruise takes you on parts of the water ways around Cape Ann that you would not be able to see without a boat. The boat slowly meanders down the river and high tide channels and around islands to new age music which is interspersed with narrative from the boat captain. The narrative was interesting but there wasn’t... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Worcester, Massachusetts
Level Contributor
28 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

We loved this river cruise. We traveling slowly on the Essex River and for a very brief time into the ocean. You travel through channels of tall grass hiding so many birds! Our Captain was very well-informed and told us many local tales. Very relaxing trip. Yes, you might get chilly so do bring a jacket. I think the cruise... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Boston, Massachusetts
Level Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

The Sunday am muffin cruise was so fun a while ago; I am taking kids and grand twins in August 2015 as part of our 50th. Annivesary week at Wingaersheek Beach.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Massachusetts
Level Contributor
32 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

90-minute river cruise with just a minimum of rockiness from the wake of boats that speed by (not enough to cause motion sickness in someone prone to it). Brought two senior citizens and it was easy on easy off for them. Port-a-potty in parking lot for use before, did not check out the onboard facility, but probably difficult for anyone... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Beverly Hills, Michigan
Level Contributor
144 reviews
64 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

We expected a lazy river cruise, not open ocean so we did not dress as warmly as we would have for that. Unfortunately, the cruise moves quickly to the bay and everyone was very cold. Space blankets were available for use but provided little warmth and the crew provided some, but not very much narration. The environs were quite lovely... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Boston, Massachusetts
Level Contributor
46 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Been wanting to do this for years but just never got around to it. Finally got a groupon for two tix for 30 dollars (reg price 50 dollars for 2). This is a pleasant cruise down the essex river. Honestly, on a nice day the cruise itself can't be beat. At 90 minutes its about the right time, too. However,... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Massachusetts
Level Contributor
56 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

As others have said, a very pleasant 90 minute cruise up and back on the Essex River to where it meets the ocean. Parking is not on the main street (where Woodman's clam shack is) but around in a loop on the other side of the river. And there is no bathroom in the cruise ticket office so either use... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Hastings on Hudson, New York
Level Contributor
37 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

This is a cruise of the Essex River, not an ocean cruise, so there is no choppiness and no worry about getting seasick. The guide, Dylan, is very good, tells you what you need to know but also doesn't talk the entire time so you can enjoy the scenery. It's beautiful and very enjoyable hour and a half.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
New York
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

I'm not sure what I was expecting but this was a very slow boat ride through the marshes with very little to look at. We saw only a few egrets. Although an osprey nest was pointed out to us, there were no osprey in or near it.There was a lot of boat traffic as well which forced our boat to... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Essex River Cruises & Charters also viewed

 

Been to Essex River Cruises & Charters? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Essex River Cruises & Charters and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
Framingham, Massachusetts
2 months ago

See all questions (1)

Questions? Get answers from Essex River Cruises & Charters staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Will you pick up and drop off at my hotel?
  • I have a family of 7. Can your tour accommodate all of us together?
  • How should I dress for this tour?