Founded in 1992, Essex River Cruises and Charters is located on the salt marsh estuary in Essex, Massachusetts, just forty-five minutes north of Boston.
Through spring, summer, and the glory of the New England fall, we present timeless beauty in the midst of the everyday. May to October we offer regularly scheduled narrated cruises. Our cruises depart seven days a week at various times. We also offer special weekend cruises. Are you expecting visitors or looking for an escape for yourself? Make reservations or stop in and try your luck if you’re in the area.
A scenic river excursion that captures New England.
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 rich with unique wildlife. Cruise with us to learn about the history and lore of the Essex area. Our boats 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, an intriguing natural work in progress. Formed 15,000 years ago by melting glaciers of the last Ice Age, the marsh serves as a 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. To see an aerial view of the Essex River and estuary, scroll down or click here. For more about things to see and do in Essex, click

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Certified to carry up to 100 passengers at a time, our fleet is fully equipped with restrooms and both boats are covered to protect you from the sun. We can also roll down screens or transparent sides when appropriate. We have plenty of free parking and buses are always welcome.

If you’re looking for an enjoyable group outing, we offer a variety of options for all ages. Bring them on one of our scheduled trips or charter our boats for your exclusive use. Include a New England Tidal Beach Clambake or other catering to suit your tastes. Create an effective and fun company outing or celebrate a distinctly unforgettable wedding, rehearsal dinner, birthday or other social occasion. Click here to view our clambake and catering options.

aerial view of the Essex River in Essex Massachusetts