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:

Take a waterfront cruise


Enjoy a 25-minute cruise aboard the launch Liberty. Tickets are first-come, first-served. Sign up at the information kiosk inside the south entrance.



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 opens June 13.

The Boathouse is open Tuesday-Sunday during the summer (June 13-August 30).

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.

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.

The boathouse is free with admission.It is open Tuesday-Sunday. It opens 30 minutes after the Museum opens.

Take a sail on Breck Marshall

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.

Weekends starting June 27: $8 per person. Vessel has a 4-passenger capacity, 6 if all in the same family.

Special: Free rides June 23-26 every 30 minutes 2:30-4 p.m.

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Day Charters

From June to October, book a private cruise aboard our lobster yacht Mamie. A captain is provided and the boat can accommodate up to six passengers. Mamie will explore local waters and can provide the opportunity for swimming, beach visits and even a stop for lunch! Sit back while your captain steers and you take in the sights along the Mystic River and Fishers Island Sound. 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.