Get out on the water

After exploring Mystic Seaport Museum on foot, leave it in your wake with a boat ride. 

The Museum offers many rare and historic boats to climb aboard. Take a walk on deck, enjoy a captained cruise, or be your own captain for an unforgettable experience. See the Museum from the vantage point of the Mystic River, or take advantage of a private charter for a few hours, a full day, or an overnight to find your sea story! 

Take a River Cruise Aboard SABINO

Board the 1908 steamboat Sabino for a unique ride along the waterfront of Mystic Seaport Museum or enjoy a downriver cruise. Two diesel electric generators were recently added to the historic steam plant. Come enjoy a silent, peaceful ride and see 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. Tickets are sold at the Waterfront Tours Ticket Booth.

Cruise Schedule

(Tickets: Upriver $8, admission required. Downriver $35 {$28 with membership or admission})

Closed for the season. Reopening May 2024.

Looking to charter Sabino for a private event? Contact Central Reservations at reservations@mysticseaport.org or 860-572-5331.

Take a River Cruise Aboard LIBERTY

Liberty is available for private group charters for trips along the Mystic River, and is often operating from the Drawbridge Dock in downtown Mystic.

Sail on the Catboat BRECK MARSHALL

Sail aboard our 20-foot Crosby catboat Breck Marshall. During a smooth and quiet ride, relax in her roomy cockpit beneath her billowing sail as the captain brings you on a 25-minute cruise along the waterfront. 

Breck Marshall cruises require a ticket for every person on board. Tickets are $8 per person (3 and under free) and are sold at the Waterfront Tours Ticket Booth near the Information Kiosk at the south end of campus. Vessel departs from the South Basin or Middle Wharf depending on the wind. Capacity is 6 individuals.

Breck Marshall resumes operations in May 2024.

Breck Marshall Small Boat Catboat

Be Your Own Captain

Get out on the water on your own aboard a traditional small craft. Borrow a rowboat, sailboat or pedal boat and spend an hour exploring the Mystic River. Choose one of more than a dozen boats that vary in capacity from 2 to 5 people (plus a dog!).

Boathouse staff will provide life jackets, oars, and other gear. You just need to step aboard and enjoy.

The Boathouse is now closed for the season. Reopening May 2024

Private Charters

Looking for something more private? A private charter allows you to have the boat to yourself!

Closed for the season. Reopening May 2024.

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Book a two or four-hour cruise aboard the Museum’s former America’s Cup Tender. A captain is provided and the vessel accommodates up to six passengers. Escort will explore local waters and can provide the opportunity for swimming, beach visits, and even a stop for lunch! Perfect for that memorable marriage proposal or special celebration.

Available for private charter only, for up to 6 people. Tickets are sold here!

Little Vigilant

The 71-foot steel motoryacht Little Vigilant is available for day, dinner, sunset, as well as extended cruises of New England waters. Available for yacht club cruises, race support, or family cruising. Visit our Little Vigilant page for more information.

Little Vigilant
Rebecca in the Eggemoggin Reach Regatta, feeder race from Camden ME to Brooklin ME


Available this summer is Rebecca of Vineyard Haven, a 75’ Gannon and Benjamin-built schooner. Rebecca is available for day or weekly charter or race sponsorship. 

Rebecca and Little Vigilant are available together for an unforgettable family cruise or New England Classic Sailing Regatta. Visit our Rebecca of Vineyard Haven page for more information.