Viewing Eagles and Seals

When the waters up north grow too cold or freeze solid, bald eagles and seals migrate south to Connecticut to find the food and comfort they need. Which means you can migrate to several spots in the state to watch them at work and play. Mix and match them in a way that suits your schedule.

1-2 days

  • Winter

  • Seal Watch Cruises on Long Island Sound
  • Eagle Watch Cruises with RiverQuest
  • Viewing Eagles from Shepaug Dam
Project Oceanology, Groton

Seal Watch Cruises on Long Island Sound

Seals that are native to Maine escape south to Long Island Sound every winter for warmer waters and a somewhat milder climate. Seal Watch Cruises offered by Project Oceanology in Groton take you out onto the Sound beginning in late March. It’s an adventure that will test your hardy soul, but the rewards are memorable.

RiverQuest, Essex

Eagle Watch Cruises with RiverQuest

Guests experience the Connecticut River’s ecology, rich history, and wildlife; including osprey, eagles and more. Enjoy each the season’s beauty during RiverQuest’s winter cruises departing from the Connecticut River Museum in Essex, beginning in early February.

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Viewing Eagles from Shepaug Dam

Beginning the third week of December and running into March, the eagle observation post is open at the Shepaug Dam on the Housatonic River in Southbury. Chances are good that you’ll spot an eagle or several here (one great day last winter, 15 made their presence known) and take in educational exhibits and breathtaking photos.