Regular Schedule
Friday: Noon – 10:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am – 7:00pm (At 7:00pm water taxi suspends service while the river is shut down for the fireworks show.)
Sunday: 10:00am – 9:00pm


Discovering Amistad is a non-profit, educational organization that uses the 1839 Amistad uprising story and its 129 ft Amistad schooner replica as a” floating classroom “to address racial and social justice. The organization was founded in 2015, following a recommendation of the State of Connecticut Advisory Committee.  Since its inception, DA has provided educational programming to over 10,000 students through its proprietary curriculum designed to highlight lessons about justice, freedom, and human rights.

The organization aims to share the incredible historical event while bridging awareness into contemporary social justice issues. Students are assisted in finding their voice and seeing themselves as change agents and leaders.  Discovering Amistad is committed to facilitate inclusive education, generate courageous conversations, and mobilize agents of change.

The  presence of Tall Ship Amistad, CT’s flagship,  makes a powerful statement as it reminds us of how far we have come in the fight for freedom and yet how far we still have to go.



Poet’s Lounge Sailing Charter is Southeastern CT’s only all-ages concierge charter cruise. Choose from a wide variety of private cruises, including sunset cruises, celebration cruises corporate events and even proposal cruises see some of the spectacular Connecticut coastline lighthouses and views. 


Get right under the action! The TRHP Fireworks Cruise will bring you for a tour down the Thames River and — weather and boat traffic permitting — out to the Ledge Lighthouse and back to secure a front row spot for the fireworks display. You may bring a picnic basket with snacks and drinks but know there isn’t a bathroom on board. No glass, please.


Sailfest Fireworks Extravaganza – Choose your departure site: 

FIREWORKS CRUISES – BOAT TOUR: Blowholes, Blubber, & Breaches. Whaling Tales on the Thames.


Saturday, July 8, 2023 @ 2:40 PM – 3:55 PM – Departing from City Pier, New London

Once the second largest whaling port in the world, New London has a rich history of seamen who made their living exploiting the ocean’s bounty. From its early days of sealing to the 1858 departure of the Nile, the ship which made longest whaling voyage on record, over 257 whaling ships making more than 1,100 whaling expeditions sailed out of the Thames River. Through views from the river, you’ll begin to appreciate the life stories of whaling captains and crews, the city’s dependency on the whaling industry, and the vulnerability of the seamen’s families while the men were out at sea … just a few of the 1000 stories in the Park.

100% of the profit from your ticket purchase benefits Thames River Heritage Park Foundation and helps to connect, support, promote, and sustain over 20 heritage sites and institutions along the Thames.

This boat tour departs from City Pier in New London.


Regular Pricing
$30 – Adults (Ages 12+)
$20 – Children (Ages 4 – 11)
FREE – Infants (Ages 0 – 3)

Day of Pricing
$35 – Adults (Ages 12+)
$25 – Children (Ages 4 – 11)
FREE – Infants (Ages 0 – 3)


One Hour and 15 Min