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Get out on the water

Navigate the waterfront with a river cruise on the 1908 steamboat Sabino. Sail aboard the captained Crosby catboat Breck Marshall, or be your own captain on a rowboat, sailboat, or pedal boat from the Museum’s Boathouse. 

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 opens May 24, 2024, for weekends and holidays.

CAPTAINED CRUISES

Sit back and enjoy the ride while an experienced captain steers the boat along the waterfront, providing interesting commentary about the Museum and the surrounding area.

Take a River Cruise on 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 with the exception of the 5:30 p.m. trip, which is sold from the Museum’s downtown location, At the Drawbridge. Sabino departs and returns to downtown for this 120-minute trip. You may also call ahead to book the downriver trips.

Cruise Schedule

  • May 3–19: Friday through Sunday only
  • May 20–early October: daily operation
  • 30-minute upriver trips depart the Museum at 10:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:00 p.m., and 4:30 p.m.
  • 90-minute downriver trip departs the Museum at 2:30 p.m.
  • 120-minute downriver trip departs from downtown at 5:30 p.m.

Tickets

  • Upriver: $8, Museum admission is required.
  • 90-minute downriver: $35 ($28 with membership or Museum admission)
  • 120-minute downriver: $50 for adults; $30 for ages 4-17

Capacity is 74 people except for the 5:30 p.m. trip, which is capped at 55 people.

Vessel is also available for private charter; see Private Charters below.

Sail On Breck Marshall

Sail aboard the 20-foot Crosby catboat Breck Marshall. Enjoy a peaceful and relaxing 25-minute captained cruise along the waterfront.

Breck Marshall cruises require a ticket for every person on board. Tickets are sold at the Waterfront Tours Ticket Booth near the Information Kiosk at the south end of campus.

Cruise Schedule

Cruises open May 24, 2024, for weekends and holidays.

  • Operates seasonally Memorial Day weekend through September.
  • Weekdays: 2:45 p.m., 3:15 p.m., 3:45 p.m.
  • Weekends and holiday Mondays: 12:45 p.m., 1:15 p.m., 1:45 p.m., 2:45 p.m., 3:15 p.m., 3:45 p.m.

Tickets

Museum admission is required.

  • Breck Marshall: $10 per person (ages 3 and under are free)
  • Capacity is 6 people.

Vessel is also available for private charter; see Private Charters below.

Cruise on Mystic Seaport Express departing from Downtown Mystic

Mystic Seaport Express departs from the Drawbridge Dock in downtown Mystic. Enjoy a 30-minute narrated tour of the Mystic River before stopping at the Museum docks where you may get out and explore the Museum. Return to downtown via Mystic Seaport Express from the same dock at any of the scheduled departure times. 

Vessel is also available for private charter; see Private Charters below.

Cruise Schedule

  • Operating daily through early October
  • Departure from downtown dock to the Museum: 10:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 12:45 p.m., 2:15 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 3:45 p.m., 4:30 p.m.
  • Return from Museum to downtown: 11:00 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:15 p.m., 2:45 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 5:15 p.m., 6:00 p.m.
  • Evening Trips (Museum admission not included): 5:45 p.m., 6:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m., and 7:30 p.m. 

Tickets

  • Purchase tickets at the Mystic Seaport Museum: At the Drawbridge location, on the corner of E. Main and Cottrell Streets
  • During Museum hours: Members $5 | Adults $36 | Seniors (65+) $34 | Youth (13-17) $32 | Children (4-12) $26 | Children (0-3) FREE; Museum admission included
  • Evening Trips: $20; Museum admission not included 
  • Capacity is 17 people.

PRIVATE CHARTERS

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

Escort

Book a two or four-hour cruise aboard the former America’s Cup Tender Escort. 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
  • Two or four-hour cruises
  • Capacity: 6 people 

Charters open May 10. 

Visit the Programs and Events Calendar to reserve a charter on Escort.

Liberty

Liberty is available for private group charters for trips along the Mystic River, and will occasionally operate from the Drawbridge Dock in downtown Mystic on the same schedule as the Mystic River Express.

  • Operates May through October.
  • 90-minute downriver charter: $650
  • Capacity: 42 people

To reserve a charter on Liberty email charters@mysticseaport.org.

Sabino

Book a private charter for up to 74 people on the historic steamboat Sabino.

  • 30-minute upriver charter: $500
  • 90-minute downriver charter: $2,000 Friday–Sunday; $1,700 Monday–Thursday
  • 120-minute downriver charter: $3,000 Friday–Sunday; $2,700 Monday–Thursday

To reserve a charter on Sabino contact Central Reservations at 860-572-5331 or reservations@mysticseaport.org.

Breck Marshall

Book a private 45-minute sail for six aboard the 20-foot Crosby catboat Breck Marshall.

  • 45-minute charter: $60
  • Capacity: 6

Charters open May 25.

To reserve a charter on Breck Marshall contact Central Reservations at 860-572-5331 or reservations@mysticseaport.org.

Sheldrake

Book a 30 or 60-minute sail for four aboard the Gannon and Benjamin sloop Sheldrake.

  • 30-minute charter: $50
  • 60-minute charter: $80

Charters open May 25.

To reserve a charter on Sheldrake contact Central Reservations at 860-572-5331 or reservations@mysticseaport.org.

Little Vigilant

The 71-foot steel motoryacht Little Vigilant is available for day, dinner, sunset, and extended cruises of New England waters. Available for yacht club cruises, race support, or family cruising. 

Charters open May 17.

To reserve a charter on Little Vigilant email charters@mysticseaport.org.

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