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Get Out on the Water

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

After exploring the Museum on foot, leave it in your wake

We have many rare and historic boats you can climb aboard at Mystic Seaport Museum. Some you can ride aboard or pilot yourself on the Mystic River. 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:

Cruise up or down the Mystic River on Sabino

SABINO Sea Trial July 21, 2017Board our 1908 Steamboat Sabino for a unique ride along the Museum’s waterfront, or on a downriver cruise.

Sabino, one of Mystic Seaport Museum’s National Historic Landmark, is a popular vision along the Mystic River. Help support her mission by going on an afternoon or evening cruise down the river and back to the Museum. Enjoy a silent, peaceful ride to get to know the sites along the Mystic River. Bring your friends and family along for a pre-dinner cruise!

May 21- June 21 and September 3-October 11
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
upriver half hour cruise- $8/person
10:30-11
11:30-12
12:30-1
2:00-2:30
2:45-3:15
90 minute downriver cruise- $13/person with admission or membership.
$18 person without admission
3:30-5:00
5:30-7:00

June 22-August 30
Daily
upriver half hour cruise- $8/person
10:30-11
11:30-12
12:30-1
2:00-2:30
2:45-3:15
90 minute downriver cruise- $13/person with admission or membership.
$18 person without admission
3:30-5:00
5:30-7:00

CHARTER Info
30 minute charter-$500
3:30-5:00 charter- $750
5:30-7:00 charter weekday $1000, Friday or Saturday $1200

Children ages 2 and younger are free, but need a ticket to board.
Museum admission is not required for the downriver cruises.
74 passenger capacity

Buy tickets in advance

Call Visitor Services at 860.572.0711 to book in advance.

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

Take a waterfront cruise

LIBERTY

Enjoy a 25-minute cruise aboard the launch Liberty. Tickets are $4 per passenger for ages 3 and older (children ages 2 and younger ride for free) and can be purchased at the ticket booth near L.A. Dunton.

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Rent a rowboat, sailboat or pedal boat

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

The Boathouse is closed for the season.

Rent a rowboat or sailboat to spend an hour exploring the Mystic River in a traditional small craft! Choose one of more than a dozen boats that vary in capacity from 2 to 5 people (plus a dog!). Boathouse staff will set you up with life jackets, oars, and other gear. You just need to step aboard to enjoy a trip out on the water.

For up to 30 minutes: $8 per boat ($7 for members)
For up to one hour: $15 per boat ($13 for members)

Yankee Pedaler: Take out a pedal-powered boat! Perhaps you don’t have rowing or sailing experience, but still want to have some fun on the Mystic River. This is a great opportunity to get out and explore the waterfront on your own. For 1-5 people for up to 15 minutes. $5 per boat.

Take a sail on Breck Marshall

The Boathouse is closed for the season.

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.

$8 per person. Vessel has a 6-passenger capacity.

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Beetle Cat Racing Series

2020 summer schedule will be posted in the spring.

The annual Beetle Cat and Portsmouth Handicap 10-week summer Racing Series begins Tuesday, June 25. Those with some small boat sailing and racing experience can register to rent one of the Museum owned Beetle Cats for the series, or join us at no charge with your own boat.

Meet at 5:30 p.m. at the Boathouse. Round the buoy racing between Lighthouse Point and the drawbridge begins at 6 p.m. and continues until sunset. There are generally one to five races per evening depending on conditions. The Boathouse launch acts as the committee boat. To register and reserve a boat for the series for one to two people, contact Central Reservations at 860.572.5331 or reservations@mysticseaport.org. For additional information or if you would like to join the races with your own boat, email Dawn Miller, boathouse supervisor at dawn.miller@mysticseaport.org.

Members: $125; Non-Members: $150

Boathouse Evening Sailing

2020 summer schedule will be posted in the spring.

There is no prettier place to be in southeastern Connecticut than on the Mystic River on a summer evening. We are making available our small craft for rentals on Tuesday nights! No Museum admission required.

30 minutes: $8 ($7 members) or 60 minutes $15 ($13 members)

Day Charters

From June to October, book a four-hour cruise aboard our lobster yacht Mamie, or a two-hour trip aboard our launch Breake of Day. A captain is provided and each vessel accommodates up to six passengers. Mamie will explore local waters and can provide the opportunity for swimming, beach visits and even a stop for lunch! Breake of Day offers a scenic cruise along the Mystic River. For a truly special event, charter the 1910 launch Gramp for up to three guests. Sit back in wicker chairs while your captain steers and you take in the sights along the Mystic River. Perfect for that memorable marriage proposal or special celebration.

Visit www.mystic-yacht-charter.com or call 401.678.6740 for reservations and information on Day Charters.