Rent a Boat to See the Best of Connecticut Last Updated: May 2022
One of Connecticut’s greatest attractions is its long-standing love affair with the water — from its history as one of the country’s first maritime ports to today’s shoreline and riverside marinas filled with fishing boats and pleasure craft. Even if you don’t have a yacht (or a dinghy) of your own, there are many places you can rent, hire or charter a boat to explore some of the best sights (and most amazing views) on the water.
And be sure to check with each location before venturing out, as hours may change.
Charter a Sailboat
There’s nothing like the feeling of sailing on the open water. Whether you’re out for a day sail, a sunset cruise, or a weekend adventure, you can find a sailing charter in Connecticut. You may even want to take a lesson or two yourself!
Rent a Canoe (or Kayak)
In addition to Long Island Sound, Connecticut’s lakes, rivers, bays and estuaries offer endless opportunities for exploring. Rent a kayak, a canoe or even a stand-up paddleboard to experience them for yourself. Or, rent a raft or a tube and take on the whitewater in Connecticut’s western hills!
Hire a Fishing Boat
Whether you’re a casual angler or dedicated sport fisherman (or woman), you’ll find fishing charters for hire just offshore or in deeper waters. Here are just a few.
Enjoy a Private Sightseeing Cruise
Just want to see the sights but don’t want to deal with a crowd? You can charter a boat to tour Connecticut’s waterways, see wildlife, and more. Travel across the Sound to Long Island, visit Fisher’s Island, Block Island, or even Newport. Spend the night in a private stateroom or take a day cruise around the harbor on a vintage yacht!