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 take a ride on–or pilot yourself. Visit the Boathouse and captain your own rowboat or sailboat. Take a cruise aboard Sabino, charter a sail aboard Breck Marshall, Brilliant or Araminta, or see Mystic Seaport from a different vantage point aboard our water shuttle Necessity.
Get out on the water aboard:
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 a five- or ten-day 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.
Water Shuttle Necessity
Operating schedule: Necessity operates from mid-May through Columbus Day. Rides have ended for the 2013 season.
See Mystic Seaport from a different vantage point–the water! Necessity, the Museum’s own water shuttle, takes you from one end of Mystic Seaport to the other.
Visitors are invited to board Necessity from the floating docks near Sabino. Maximum capacity is 20 passengers. For additional information, call 860.572.5351 or visit the Sabino ticket booth.
Cruise the Mystic River aboard the Sabino, one of the oldest wooden, coal-fired steamboats still in operation. Cruises leave from the Sabino dock near the main entrance, weather permitting.
- 30-Minute Daytime Cruises - 11:30 am, 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 3:30 pm, 4:30 pm
Adult $5.50 / Youth (ages 6-17) $4.50 / Children 5 and under: free
- 90-Minute Downriver Evening Cruise - 5:30-7 pm
Adult $13 / Youth (ages 6-17) $11 / Children 5 and under: free. Downriver cruises are also available for private charters. Please call 860.572.0711 the day of your visit to ensure that Sabino will be operating a public cruise that evening.
Museum admission is required for the half-hour cruise. Admission is not required for the 90-minute cruise; however, you may not enter the Museum grounds until 20 minutes before departure. Senior, AAA, active duty military, college student, and member discounts are not available for Sabino cruises.>
Boathouse Rentals: Rowboats and Sailboats
Operating schedule: The Boathouse is open from mid-May through Columbus Day and is closed for the 2013 season.
Rent a historic 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.
Rowboats (up to 5 people and a dog per boat)
30 minutes: member $7 / non-member $10
60 minutes: member $10 / non-member $15
Sailboats (number of passengers depends on boat)
60 minutes: member $15 / non-member $20
Boathouse Rides: Breck Marshall and Resolute
The Breck Marshall, a 20-foot Crosby catboat reproduction, provides many a unique adventure beneath her billowing sails. During a smooth and quiet ride, passengers relax in her roomy cockpit while the skipper identifies points of interest on the Mystic River shoreline. The Breck Marshall offers 30-minute rides, weather permitting. Tickets are $5 and are sold at the Boathouse. Museum admission is required. Limit 6 passengers per voyage.
Resolute - Enjoy a half-hour sail with a licensed captain aboard the 26-foot 1917 Herreshoff launch, Resolute. Tickets are $4 and are sold at the Boathouse. Museum admission is required. Limit 6 passengers per voyage.
Boathouse Charters: Araminta, Brilliant, Resolute, and Sabino
Operating schedule: Boathouse charters are offered from mid-May through Columbus Day and have ended for the 2013 season.
Enjoy a day sail charter in Fishers Island Sound aboard the Herreshoff auxiliary ketch Araminta. Experience the adventure and challenge of sailing the 61-foot schooner Brilliant with a group of your family and friends. Take a 90-minute downriver cruise aboard the Herreshoff launch Resolute. Host your special event aboard the wooden, coal-fired steamboat Sabino. More charter information.
Trim Again and Encore Cruises
Enjoy a day out on the water with Mystic Seaport member and local resident Captain Jack Spratt as your guide. Private charters are available April through November for you and your guests aboard Captain Jack’s wooden catboat Trim Again and his classic 30′ wooden motor yacht Encore. Tours depart from Mystic Seaport or Watch Hill, Rhode Island, and all proceeds benefit the Museum. More cruise information.