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Essex River Cruises & Charters

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Address: 35 Dodge St., Essex, MA 01929
Phone Number: +1 978-768-6981
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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.
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50th. Anniversary with Family in August 2025

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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 19, 2015
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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.

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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 

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Beverly Hills, Michigan
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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 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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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 

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Massachusetts
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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 

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Hastings on Hudson, New York
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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.

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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 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

You can't beat midday, midweek and beautiful weather for a perfect cruise -- and the small number of fellow cruisers made a difference. We could see the view instead of other people. Good narration by Darryl; interesting information but enough silence to enjoy the trip. Very relaxing tour.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Really enjoyed this simple boat that explored the marshes of the tidal estuary. We saw egrets, all kinds of gulls, and amazing views. Lots of low-key fun.

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Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Very pleasant and informative boat cruise around Crane beach area. Great clam shacks in the area. Essex town also charming and interesting sights.

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Additional Information about Essex River Cruises & Charters

Address: 35 Dodge St., Essex, MA 01929
Phone Number: +1 978-768-6981
Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cape Ann  >  Essex
Open Hours:
Sunday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Monday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Tuesday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Wednesday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Thursday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Friday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm

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