Thimble Islands
Thimble Islands
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Take a boat tour around this stunning archipelago off the Connecticut coast. You’ll learn about the area’s history and spot picturesque houses and plenty of marine life along the way. Tours last about 45 minutes and are best enjoyed on sunny days, as the water spray can be somewhat chilly. Alternatively, rent a kayak and paddle all the way to Outer Island, which is home to a wildlife refuge. Here, you’ll get to walk along the rocky shore and have a picnic in the woods. Visit the Thimble Islands in the summer to watch sailing races every weekend. – Tripadvisor
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  • Jo-Ann A
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great experience
    Great excursion. Not too long, informative, and very friendly service. It was a beautiful, clear day so it was extra special. And the price was VERY reasonable. Not many things you can do anymore that are high quality and inexpensive. Highly recommend.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 28 May 2023
  • dnawaa
    Box Elder, South Dakota61 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pink granite islands scattered about the sound
    This was a great tour for the price. The islands and their history are fascinating, and the captain did a great job of telling the story. We really enjoyed it. There's a small park on the water near the dock where you can picnic, and outdoor potties.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 17 June 2023
  • Karen J
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great way to spend an hour - very fair price too!
    We took the 4p tour midweek and it was a great experience. We were a group of 3- 1 local (me) and 2 people who spend a lot of time on boats. We all learned something and had a great time on our tour of the thimbles. Our tour guide was knowledgeable, easy-going, friendly and had a sense of humor. It is a great little tour at a fair price. While those who want to have a drink can buy alcohol, this is no booze cruise! There is another boat owned by the same company that does that...They also do private charters for larger groups.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 29 June 2023
  • Maureen D
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bon Voyage!
    Fun cruise around the Thimble Islands is a great summertime thing to do that doesn't take too much time or money. Captain Mike pointed out lots of interesting and beautiful sites while also providing a history of the area. The young people serving drinks and helping passengers on/off the boat were also very nice. Highly recommend!
    Visited July 2023
    Written 5 July 2023
  • Nancy F
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Second time as fun as the first
    July 4, 2023, was the second time we took the Thimble Island Tour on the Sea Mist. Even though it rained, we were inside & dry, enjoying the tour. It is a lot of fun and very informative. You will learn a lot! The homes AND the rocks are so pretty. The crew is professional, friendly, and very punctual. This little tour shows you a part of Connecticut that is very unique. Highly recommend.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 July 2023
  • Joaniem30
    Westport, Connecticut6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Thimble Islander - you must go!
    Captain Emily on The Thimble Islander was a wonderful tour guide. She grew up on the islands and really knows her stuff. Great place to take your guests. Under $20 for a 45 minute boat ride around these unique islands.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 11 July 2023
  • mike m
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice way to spend an hour.
    Tour lasted about 50 minutes and the captain gave a lot of great information and history of the island. I’m a lifelong CT resident but never knew we had this gem until a coworker recommended it. I would highly recommend it as well. One caveat: parking can be tough because it’s a very busy area with little parking. Arrive at least 30 minutes ahead of time before your reservation time in case you need to park on a nearby side street
    Visited July 2023
    Written 25 July 2023
  • Irvingmoy
    Wallingford, Connecticut3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Highly Recommend!
    Our Madrid family was visiting, and we wanted to give them a unique experience, and we immediately thought of the Thimble Islands tour with the Sea Mist. This was our third tour ourselves! The guide captain was knowledgeable, took his time on the tour even if it was the last tour of the day. As we departed, a crew member offered to take a group photo! Our tour was scheduled for 3:15 p.m., but due to traffic delays we knew we could not make it in time to board. We called the contact number, explained the situation, and we were accommodated on the 4:15 p.m. tour. Great service and experience!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 25 July 2023
  • Roberta W
    Connecticut25 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A cruise around the Thimble Islands is the best $$ you can spend in summer in CT
    A cruise around the Thimble Islands is the best $$ you can spend in summer in CT. It's such a lovely hour of your time. The Sea Mist cruise was good but I had been on a Thimble Island cruise a few times already. The Sea Mist needs a much more powerful audio system because sitting in the back of the boat makes it very hard to hear anything being said. I also think more could be said about the islands.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 7 August 2023
  • Lindsey C
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Loved It
    Fun, relaxing ride. Our boys had been asking to go on a boat ride all summer so we went on the Sea Mist and had a great time. Would recommend and we will be going back. Surrounding area is adorable.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 8 August 2023
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travelgal
Fairfield, CT42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
Love this cruise. My second time. Great Captain. Crew is always so friendly and helpful. I would do it again.
Written 6 September 2023
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donnaparsons777
Madison, CT38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
This is a great tour on the Sea Mist! Great commentary about these amazing little islands. You can sit on the second level in the sun or the first level in the shade, and there’s a cute little bar, which we would have used if it had been cocktail hour! We went on the 4:15-5:00 tour, then drove to Quattro’s in Guilford for Tapas! Perfect evening!
Written 4 September 2023
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Keith G.
Cheshire, CT398 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
After a day of shopping, I decided to get off 95 and make my way down to the shore. My wife has never been in this part of Branford, so it was exciting. What a beautiful area and the islands in the distance are amazing. What a beautiful area to visit and explore.
Written 3 September 2023
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Peter R
Avon, CT4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
What a fun break for s sunny Sunday afternoon. Although the boat was full, we were not crowded and had an excellent view. The tour is exactly what it claims to be, no surprises.
We had a lovely time and highly recommend. Great value for the money!
Written 21 August 2023
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Joan C
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
A relaxing and productive and informative 45 minutes on the water
Enjoyed sitting up top on the 2nd floor views were great!45 minutes
Written 18 August 2023
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Karan E
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Interesting history, beautiful scenery and relaxed vibe. The captain told the history with great spirit and humor.
Written 17 August 2023
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Edan50
Oxford, CT69 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
This was a great way to see the islands, I always wondered what they were about. The tour is reasonable priced, a good value for an hours entertainment. The tour guide was informative, and the staff was friendly. I would recommend this tour if you are in the area.
Written 12 August 2023
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Lindsey C
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Fun, relaxing ride. Our boys had been asking to go on a boat ride all summer so we went on the Sea Mist and had a great time. Would recommend and we will be going back. Surrounding area is adorable.
Written 8 August 2023
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Roberta W
Connecticut25 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
A cruise around the Thimble Islands is the best $$ you can spend in summer in CT. It's such a lovely hour of your time. The Sea Mist cruise was good but I had been on a Thimble Island cruise a few times already. The Sea Mist needs a much more powerful audio system because sitting in the back of the boat makes it very hard to hear anything being said. I also think more could be said about the islands.
Written 7 August 2023
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martin
Sheffield, UK12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Wonderful tour, and a great way to view the islands. Very knowledgeable about the history of the area making the cruise really enjoyable. Good value for money.
Written 5 August 2023
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