Get Out on the Water
After exploring Mystic Seaport on foot, leave it in your wake.
We have many rare and historic boats you can climb aboard at Mystic Seaport. Even better, we also have several you can ride aboard or pilot yourself. Take a waterfront cruise aboard one of our launches. Charter a sail on board a Herreshoff ketch or spend the day relaxing underneath a historic catboat’s billowing sail. Rent a classic wooden rowboat or sailboat and explore the river firsthand. Before you leave Mystic Seaport be sure to see the Museum from an entirely different vantage point!
Ways to Explore the Mystic River:
Experience the adventure and challenge of sailing a 61-foot schooner with a group of your family and friends. Visit quiet anchorages and popular tourist destinations along the New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts coasts and islands while learning to sail a classic vessel.
Summer Teen Program: Up to eight teenagers, plus a group leader, can charter Brilliant for an educational voyage during the summer. Learn how to sail a classic vessel while developing team-building skills. Participants haul on the lines, steer the vessel, learn navigation, help in the galley, and stand watch. Learn more and book a charter.
Fall Adult Charters: Brilliant sails are available for any of our scheduled fall dates, provided that space is available. If you charter Brilliant, please bear in mind that we must have at least six able hands, fit and agile, to run the boat safely. Charters are limited to eight adults. Learn more and book a charter.
Offered daily May 14-October 10, 2016
See Mystic Seaport from a different vantage point while enjoying a 25-minute cruise aboard the launch Necessity or Liberty. Tickets are $4 per passenger for ages 6 and older (children ages 5 and younger ride for free) and can be purchased at the Sabino ticket booth.
Times: 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 3:30 p.m., and 4 p.m.
Evening Charter: Take your Mystic Seaport experience to the next level and charter a private downriver cruise for your family and friends aboard Liberty. Evening charters depart at 5:30 p.m. (please board at 5:20 p.m.) and will return at 7 p.m. Charter fee: $300. Reservations should be made 72 hours in advance; to make a reservation, please call 860.572.5331.
Evening Charter for Weddings/Special Events: Take a private cruise to the Mystic River Drawbridge and back aboard Liberty. Board at 5:20 p.. for a 5:30 p.m. departure. Charter fee: $300. Stay above the river bridge for a shorter cruise on Liberty or Necessity for $150. Reservations should be made 72 hours in advance; to make a reservation, please call 860.572.5331.
Boathouse Rentals: Rowboats and Sailboats
Open weekends only beginning May 21, 2016
Open daily June 18-September 5, 2016
Open weekends only September 6-October 10, 2016
Rent a wooden rowboat or small sailboat and take your own personal tour of the historic Mystic River. Traditional small craft from the Museum’s collection are available for rent to qualified boaters.
Hours of Operation: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
- 60-minute rowboat rental (up to 5 people and a dog per boat): $15 (member $13)
- 60-minute sailboat rental (number of passengers depends on boat): $15 (member $13)
Boathouse Ride: Breck Marshall
Available weekends only beginning May 21, 2016
Available daily June 18-September 5, 2016
Available weekends only September 6-October 10, 2016
The Breck Marshall, a 20-foot Crosby catboat reproduction, provides a unique adventure beneath her billowing sail. During a smooth and quiet ride, passengers relax in her roomy cockpit while the skipper identifies points of interest on the Mystic River shoreline.
Hours of Operation: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Tickets: $6 per person for a 30-minute cruise. Tickets are sold at the Boathouse (Museum admission is required). Limit 6 passengers per voyage.
Boathouse Charters: Aida, Araminta, and Brilliant
Charters are available from the last weekend in June through Columbus Day.
Enjoy a day charter aboard the 33-foot Herreshoff centerboard yawl Aida or the Herreshoff auxiliary ketch Araminta. Experience the adventure of sailing the 61-foot schooner Brilliant. View operating schedules and book a charter.
Steamboat Sabino is presently undergoing a major restoration in the Museum’s Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard. The majority of Sabino’s restoration will be complete by summer 2016 when she will be launched back into the water; however, the vessel will operate as a dockside exhibit for the foreseeable future until her boiler is replaced. Follow the restoration on our Shipyard Blog.