morning spent out on the water; it does not get better than that! We took an
interesting and very enjoyable sightseeing cruise through
the Thimble Islands in Connecticut on the Thimble Island Cruises Aboard the Sea Mist. The Adventure KidsTM aka Debra C.
Argen and Edward F. Nesta boarded the Sea Mist, a 44-foot, 49-passenger
boat, for the 10:15 am cruise for an exciting morning of adventure on Long
Island Sound discovering the natural beauty of the Thimble Islands and
its shoreline communities.
One of our
favorite summer adventures is taking a sightseeing cruise to explore a new
area, as for us, there is no better place than to be out on the water on a
beautiful summer day. With this in mind, on Saturday, July 15, 2023, we boarded
the Sea Mist, with its jaunty Pirate's flag flying from the upper deck, and Captain
Justin at the helm ready for a new adventure. During the 45-minute sightseeing
cruise through the islands, Captain Justin narrated the history and pointed out
interesting details about the Thimble Islands.
Carman Boat of Chesapeake Design, 49-passenger Sea Mist has two decks, an
enclosed lower deck with large windows for those desiring a more sheltered
experience, with a snack bar, and head, and an open upper deck for those
wanting to feel the wind in their hair, the sun on their faces, and have unobstructed
views that are perfect for photography. We alternated from being on the lower deck
to the upper deck to experience the best of both worlds.
Islands is an archipelago in Connecticut in Long Island Sound consisting of
Horse Island, Money Island, Governor Island, Rogers Island, Bear Island, Davis
Island, High Island, Pot Island, Outer Island, Kidd Island, and a few smaller
of the islands are inhabited with spectacular summer homes, some with a single
home, some have a cluster of well-appointed homes on them to create a small
community, and others are uninhabited, for a reason, like Horse Island, the
largest of the islands with 17 acres, which is owned by Yale University and is
used as an ecological laboratory as three-quarters of the island is covered in
Island is the next largest island with 12 acres and has a community of 32 homes
and a library, followed by Governor Island (10 acres) inhabited with 14 houses,
and Rogers Island is also substantial in size with 7.75 acres. Interesting to
note about Bear Island is that it has a granite quarry on it, and its claim to
fame includes supplying granite for the Lincoln Memorial, Grant's Tomb, and the
base for the Statue of Liberty.
the thimbleberry, the Thimble Islands were first discovered in 1614 by Adrian
Block, who also discovered Block Island. This impressive chain of islands has
long attracted a celebrated clientele that included the 27th President
of the United States, William Howard Taft (1857-1930) who established his
Summer White House on Davis Island for 2 years. The Privateer (and pirate) Captain
William Kidd (1654-1701) also made his way around the Thimble Islands and
legend has it that he may have buried his treasures on these islands.
Bridge across Islands once home to General Tom Thumb
Thumb (1838-1883), who performed with the P.T. Barnum Circus out of Bridgeport,
Connecticut, made his home on the Thimble Islands, and many other celebrities still
have residences here including American cartoonist Garry Trudeau and his wife television
host Jane Pauley.
As the Sea
Mist made its way around the Thimble Islands, it was interesting to note not
only the natural beauty of the landscape and the stunning homes, but also to
watch the many birds in action including the black cormorants perched on the rocks
with their wings poised and spread outwards to dry them in the sun after coming
up from a dive, or the American Oystercatcher, a shorebird distinguishable by
its black and white patterned body and long red bill.
It was also
interesting to learn about the varying depths of the Long Island Sound as we
cruised around the islands, which ranged from a low of 8 feet in certain parts
to depths of 28 feet and deeper in others, making a knowledgeable and
experienced captain essential when navigating in the Thimble Islands. We
thoroughly enjoyed our Thimble Islands Cruise aboard the Sea Mist, and look
forward to returning, perhaps before the season ends on October 15, 2023.
First Mate - Nate
Island Cruises aboard the Sea Mist Information: Tours run from May until October 15, 2023. Tours depart
promptly at 15 minutes after the hour.
July and August
schedule: Daily with exception of Tuesdays when
they are closed. The first cruise of the day departs at 10:15 am, with the last
cruise at 4:15 pm. During August on Saturdays and Sundays, there is a Happy
Hour Ride at 5:15 pm with light music (no tour).
schedule: (including Labor Day): Fridays at 10:15
am, 12:15 pm, 2:15 pm, Saturdays and Sundays at 10:15 am, 12:15 pm, 2:15 pm,
2:15 pm, and 4:15 pm.
schedule: cruises run on Saturdays and Sundays
only at 12:00 pm, and 2:00 pm. October 15th is the last cruise of
the 2023 season.
See you on the next cruise!
Information: Adults: $16, Seniors: (65+): $15,
Children: (Ages 4 - 12): $10. Happy Hour Boat Ride: $20.
check their website for additional information and to make a reservation: www.thimbleislandcruise.com.
Read more about our visit to Madison Connecticut in Luxury Experience in the following sections: Destinations, Hotels and Resorts - The Homestead Madison, Restaurants - Café Allegre, Restaurants -La Foresta, Restaurants - The Wharf Restauarnt, Chefs' Recipes - Chef Brian Warmingham - The Wharf Restaurant, Spas - The Healing Salt Cave and Wellness Spa, Adventures - Riding a Bicycle Built for Two, Madison, CT, Adventures - Thimble Island Cruises aboard the Sea Mist, Liquor Cabinet - Stony Creek Brewery, and Wine Cellar - Visting Chamard Vineyards and Bistro.
information on visiting Madison, Connecticut, please visit the websites: www.madisonct.com and www.ctvisit.com.
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