Get Out on the Water

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

After exploring Mystic Seaport 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. 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 Museum or on a cruise down Mystic Take a ride aboard steamboat Sabino.River.

The Museum’s National Historic Landmark vessel completed a two-year restoration in 2017. Help support her mission by going on an afternoon or evening cruise down to the mouth of the river and back to Mystic Seaport Museum. 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.


Take a waterfront cruise


Closed for the season.

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, sailboat or pedal boat

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

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)

Take out a pedal-powered boat! Perhaps you haven’t had rowing or sailing experience, but still want to have some fun on the water. This is a great opportunity to get out and explore the waterfront on your own.

For 1-5 people for up to 30 minutes. $15 per boat ($13 for members)

Take a sail on Breck Marshall

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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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 or call 401.678.6740 for reservations and information on Day Charters.