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.

Sabino is now closed for the season and will return in May 2018.


Take a waterfront cruise


Resumes May 2018

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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Rent a rowboat or sailboat

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

Resumes May 2018

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.

Take a sail on Breck Marshall

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

Resumes May 2018

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.

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