Project Oceanology and Public Cruise Program

1084 Shennecossett Rd.
Groton, CT 06340- Map It
(860) 445-9007

AAA Editor Notes

Project Oceanology and Public Cruise Program offers three cruises that depart from the University of Connecticut at 1084 Shennecossett Rd. at Avery Point and from New London City Pier. The 2.5-hour hands-on educational cruises take place aboard the 55-foot research vessel Enviro-Lab. On the Oceanographic cruise, passengers can set a trawl net with the help of the staff and interact with such marine life as crabs, squid, fish and other living organisms from the bottom of Long Island Sound. Lighthouse cruises depart from both Avery Point and New London City Pier and include a boat tour of New London Harbor during which instructors discuss its history from the days of privateering to the present. Instruction in the evolution of navigational aids is capped by a tour of the 1909 French Second Empire-style New London Ledge Lighthouse, from its foundation to the light four stories above. In winter, Maine seals that call Fishers Island Sound their seasonal home may be observed in their natural habitat during the Seal Watch Cruise departing from Avery Point. Note: Passengers should wear deck shoes or boots and dress accordingly to the weather. Binoculars and cameras are permitted. The vessel's cabin is heated. Food is available.
Seal Watch and Oceanographic Cruise $25; $20 (ages 6-12). Lighthouse Cruise $40; $30 (ages 6-12). Fares may vary; phone ahead. Children ages 0-5 are not permitted on cruises and tours. Arrive at least half an hour prior to departure time. Reservations are required.
Hours: Oceanographic cruises depart daily at 10 (also Mon., Wed. and Fri. at 1), July-Aug. Lighthouse cruises depart Avery Point Tues. at 4, Sat. at 1:30, July-Aug. Lighthouse cruises depart New London City Pier Sun. at 1, July-Aug.; Sat. at 1:30, in Sept. Seal Watch tours depart Sat., in Feb., and Sat.-Sun., in Mar. Departure times may vary; phone ahead to confirm.