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Located in historic Essex, Massachusetts, Essex River Cruises & Charters has been operating narrated sightseeing cruises, private charters, tidal beach clambakes, and more for over 20 years. Share the opportunity to escape to the unspoiled natural beauty of the Essex River onboard the Essex River Queen I and the Essex River Queen II. Surrounded by fine restaurants, antique shops, working museums, and cultural attractions, you'll cruise through spectacular views of scenic salt marshes with rich unique wildlife. Cruise with us to learn about the history and lore of the area.

Our vessels allow you to fully enjoy the unspoiled charm of the area rain or shine, all season long. The marsh itself is part of the Essex River estuary, an intriguing natural work in progress. Formed 15,000 years ago by melting glaciers of the last Ice Age, the marsh serves as the feeding ground for many species of beautiful birds and abundant wildlife. For generations, it has sustained boat builders, fishermen, clammers, entrepreneurs, and characters of all sorts from the Agawam natives to the present residents. We'll tell some of their stories during your cruise.

Essex River Cruises & Charters is locally owned and operated with an experienced and knowledgable Captain and Crew onboard ready to assist you and answer all your questions!


Essex, Massachusetts is one of the four communities that comprise Cape Ann, along with Gloucester, Rockport and Manchester-by-the-Sea. Easily accessible, we're only a forty-five minute drive north of Boston, MA and Portsmouth, NH, and under an hour and half drive from Worcester, MA, Cape Cod and Providence, RI.


Before or after your cruise, we highly suggest taking some time to look around the local antique shops and get a delicious meal at one of our many restaurants. There are approximately 25 antique shops in Essex, all within a mile of each other, and it is said that there are more restaurants per capita than any other town in New England. CLICK HERE to learn more!

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