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Essex River Cruises & Charters

35 Dodge St., Essex, MA 01929
+1 978-768-6981
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Ranked #1 of 8 Attractions in Essex
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Tours, Bodies of Water
Owner description: "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,... more » Owner description: "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. « less
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English first
Boston, Massachusetts
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43 reviews 43 reviews
17 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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

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Massachusetts
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52 reviews 52 reviews
9 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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

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Hastings on Hudson, New York
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25 reviews 25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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.

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New York
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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 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
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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New York City, New York
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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9 reviews 9 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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Boston, Massachusetts
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30 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

All of the folks associated with this Company were very pleasant and attentive. The Captain was knowledgeable and engaging. The pontoon boat was comfortable and guests were not packed in too tightly. Of course, the fat that our day came with near perfect weather certainly helped to yield a positive perspective. While we were not hampered by insects, it was... More

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New York City, New York
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635 reviews 635 reviews
201 attraction reviews
1,660 helpful votes 1,660 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014 via mobile

This river cruise is an enjoyable way to see the river's nature and spend a pleasant hour and a half. The cruise narrater explains the various sights, history, and points out the wildlife. They have complimentary muffins as well as soft drinks and coffee. The river is calm and not too heavily trafficked.

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nj, usa
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9 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Great way to spend an hour on a nice summer day. Dylan, the guide, was very informative without being cheesy or obnoxious. The whole experience was very professional; we paid, got drinks, and then in a few minutes were on the boat. Our kids ( group of 8 girls under 10 years) were entertained as well.

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