Get Out on the Water

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 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:

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 River 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.

2019 Operating Schedule: May 24-October 13

Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday (No Monday or Tuesday)

2:30-3 p.m. – upriver half-hour cruise – $8/person
3:30-5 p.m. – 90-minute downriver cruise – $13/person with admission or membership. $18/person without admission.
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 3:30 and 5:30 downriver cruises, but save $5 per ticket on the 3:30 p.m. downriver cruise with a museum admission or membership. Passengers who do not pay admission or are not members will wait in the Visitor Reception Center lobby until 15 minutes before departure. All passengers board at the same time. People with disabilities or those needing assistance boarding are asked to notify the crew on the dock so appropriate accommodation can be made.

74 passenger capacity

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

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


May 11-October 14. First cruise 10:30 a.m., last 4 p.m.

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.

The Boathouse is open weekends only from August 24 to October 14.

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 open weekends only from August 24 to October 14. 

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

Tuesdays, June 25-Aug 27. 5:30 p.m. – sunset

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

Tuesdays, June 25-August 20, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

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.