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9. Cruising Legendary Long Island Sound

To visit Cove Harbor and experience SoundWater Environmental Center, take exit 8 off of I- 95, go straight off the exit onto South State St., at the next light take a right onto Canal St., at the intersection of Canal St. and Dock St., take a left onto Dock Street.  At the intersection of Shippen Ave., Elm St., and Cove Rd., proceed straight onto Cove Rd. and follow it to the end.  At the intersection of Cove Rd. and Weed Ave. bear right to Cove Harbor.

Beautifully located on Long Island Sound in the 1840 Holley House, this leading Environmental Center offers a variety of touch tanks and aquariums.  Special exhibits detail the wonders and beauty of Long Island Sound with an emphasis on the importance of protecting this very important bi-coastal natural resource between CT and NY.  Display areas of horseshoe crabs and diamond back terrapin turtles -- the only turtle able to live in brackish water, are favorites of young and old alike.  The Center offers a variety of programs year round as well as summer camps.  The Center is open year-round and is free to the public; however from Memorial Day to Labor Day a parking pass (available at the park) is required for Cove Island Park.

To experience the legendary landscapes and seascapes of Long Island Sound, reserve a 2 1/2 -hour cruise on the 80 foot three-masted schooner that is styled after a 19th century Chesapeake Bay sharpie schooner operated by SoundWaters.  The Schooner sails from April – November on selected weekends.  An afternoon sail is perfect for family fun, educators are on board to answer questions and tell tales of the Sound.  A romantic sunset sail that promises sightseeing on the sound without traffic jams is the perfect way to start an evening out in Stamford.

A week long schooner camp is also offered where you will interact with live creatures, deploy the trawl, camp out on a local island and discover the wonders of Long Island Sound.  The Schooner is also available for charter.  The Schooner is located off I-95, EX. 7 at the Brewer Yacht Haven Marina, Dock S1.

To continue your tour, retrace your steps along Cove Rd. to Elm St.