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Thimble Island Cruise, Branford

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Boat Tour · Outdoor Activity
The Thimble Islands is an archipelago consisting of small islands in Long Island Sound, located in and around the harbor of Stony Creek in the southeast corner of Branford, Connecticut.The archipelago of islands made up of Stony Creek pink granite bedrock were once the tops of hills prior to the last ice age. As a result, the Thimble Islands are much more stable than most other islands in Long Island Sound, which are terminal moraines of rubble deposited by retreating glaciers.HistoryKnown to the Mattabeseck Indians as Kuttomquosh, "the beautiful sea rocks," they consist of a jumble of granite rocks, ledges and outcroppings resulting from glaciation, numbering between 100 and 365 depending on where the line is drawn between an island and a mere rock. The islands serve as a rest stop for migrating seals.The first European to discover the islands was Adrian Block in 1614. Legend says that Captain Kidd buried his treasure here, causing intermittent interest among treasure hunters who believe they have unearthed a clue to its location, although more interest is generally paid to Gardiners Island, 30 miles (48 km) away.
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  • This is among my favorite of island/harbor cruises. The smaller than average boat gets quite close to the islands. Everything you need is aboard, though you'll be busy looking and listening. You...  more »
  • We very much enjoyed our little boat cruise. 45 minutes was the perfect amount of time for us with our travel plans. The captain and his assistant were very knowledgeable and very friendly. You...  more »
  • A place out of this world. Nothing like it. Maybe Nantucket.
  • very picturesque and historically interesting, with a delightful little beach and marina fronting the Sound for a quaint village

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