Get Out on the Water

Climb aboard the veteran training ship JOSEPH CONRAD and 1908 steamboat SABINO at Mystic Seaport.

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. Some you can ride aboard or pilot yourself. Others you can charter for a few hours, a full day, or an overnight. Be sure to see the Museum from an entirely different vantage point!

Ways to Explore the Mystic River:

Steam up or down the Mystic River on Sabino

Board our 1908 steamboat Sabino for a unique ride along the waterfront of Mystic Seaport or on a cruise down Mystic River.

The Museum’s National Historic Landmark vessel just completed a two-year restoration. This popular sight along the Mystic River will be operational again this summer! Help support her mission by going on an afternoon or evening cruise down to the mouth of the river and back to Mystic Seaport. Sabino is the one of the last remaining coal-fired steamboats still in operation in the country. This leads to a silent, peaceful ride to get to know the sites along the Mystic River. Bring your family and friends along for a pre-dinner cruise, or purchase a drink and snack on the dock before boarding. Learn more »

Want Sabino all to yourself? Visit our Charter Sabino page for information.

August 2-October 9, 2017

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday (No Tuesday)
2:30-3 p.m. – upriver half hour cruise $8/person
3:30-5 p.m. – 90-minute downriver cruise $18/person
5:30-7:30 p.m. – 2-hour downriver cruise $25/person
11:30-1:30 – 2-hour downriver cruise $25/person
2:30-3 p.m. – upriver half hour cruise- $8/person
3:30-5 p.m. – 90-minute downriver cruise $18/person
5:30-7:30 p.m. – 2-hour downriver cruise $25/person

Children ages 3 and younger are free, but need a ticket to board.
Museum admission is not required for the downriver cruises.
74 passenger capacity

Take a waterfront cruise


Offered daily May 13-October 9, 2017

Enjoy a 25-minute cruise aboard the launch Liberty. Tickets are $4 per passenger for ages 4 and older (children ages 3 and younger ride for free) and can be purchased at the ticket booth near L.A. Dunton.

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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.


Rent a rowboat or sailboat

Rent a small craft from the Museum's Boathouse and explore the Mystic River on your own.

Open weekends only September 2-October 9, 2017

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: 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.


  • 60-minute rowboat rental (up to 5 people and a dog per boat): $15 (member $13.50)
  • 60-minute sailboat rental (number of passengers depends on boat): $15 (member $13.50)

Take a sail on Breck Marshall

Enjoy a sail aboard the 20-foot Crosby catboat reproduction, the BRECK MARSHALL.

Open weekends only September 2-October 9, 2017

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: 10:30 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.

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