A Dozen Ways to Get Out on the Water Last Updated 5/18

Historic ships, sunset cruises, charters, sailing or kayaking – Connecticut's Mystic Country offers almost as many boating adventures as it has waterways.

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Take a Lighthouse Tour

Once, the lighthouses that dot the southern New England coastline warned travelers to steer clear. Today, these beautiful sentinels of the sound lure visitors towards them. Many can be seen during one of Cross Sound Ferry's Lighthouse Cruises. While Project Oceanology, Ledge Light Foundation, and the Custom House Maritime Museum also provide tours of New London's famous Ledge Light.

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Schooner Argia

Take a sunset cruise. Schooner Argia offers 2 1/2-hour half-day sailing trips with snacks and soft drinks, and 2-hour Sunset Cruises with cheese crackers, fruit and soft drinks. You can bring your own food or beverages.

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Mystic Whaler

Enjoy a lobster dinner cruise. Set sail for on a dinner cruise or day sail with an all-inclusive Mystic Whaler windjammer trip. Trips occur periodically throughout summer.

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Breck Marshall

Sail aboard Breck Marshall. The flagship of Mystic Seaport's boathouse, this 20-foot Crosby catboat reproduction provides a unique adventure. Passengers relax in her roomy cockpit as the skipper identifies points of interest. 30-minute rides from mid-May to mid-October.

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Wooden Rowboats at Mystic Seaport

Take a row at Mystic Seaport. Captain your own historic wooden rowboat or other small craft and take your own personal tour of the Mystic River. Rentals at Mystic Seaport offer excellent water views of the 19-acre museum area.

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Schooner Brilliant

Overnight on Schooner Brilliant. Invite family and friends along on a Brilliant adventure. Overnight on a schooner WoodenBoat magazine hails as "one of the best maintained and sailed classic yachts in the country - if not the world." 2-day and 4-day charters available.

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Charter a Boat

Book a Charter or Party Boat. Whether you enjoy fishing or just relaxing on the water, charter boats are a great way to spend a special day off the shores of Southern New England, on Long Island Sound or the Atlantic Ocean. Over 2 dozen boats are available.

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Quinebaug River Water Trail

Paddle the Quinebaug River Water Trail. 30 miles of paddling in four segments through the beauty of The Last Green Valley is a terrific adventure for those with their own canoes and kayaks.

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Learn to Sail

Take a vacation, get out on the water and learn something new. For those who have yet to earn their sea legs, NESS (New England Science & Sailing) makes getting on the water incredibly easy and affordable with their two and four day sailing classes.

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Historic Harbor Tours

Located next to the S&P Oyster Company in downtown Mystic, these 40-minute narrated tours of the Mystic River are led by Captain Carl aboard his vessel the Mystic Express. Tours run from 11am to 5pm. Tickets available onboard.

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Mystic River Paddle Board Co.

Originating in Hawaii, stand up paddle boarding has increased in popularity on the mainland. Paddle Mystic offers paddle board rentals on the Mystic River seven days a week from May thru September.

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Historic Ship Nautilus

OK. So this one is a bit of a trick. Although it is no longer in operation, the USS Nautilus IS on the water, and where else are you going to find the world's first nuclear-powered submarine? Climb aboard and discover a piece of history.