Best Boat Tours in Mystic to Explore our Local Waters

We’re getting into the hazy crazy days of summer! That means it’s time to check out the best boat tours near us in Mystic. The warmer temps are also a sure sign to start planning your travel around the iconic Bascule drawbridge. Pro tip: It goes up every hour on the 40-minute mark and occasionally on demand. Keep that in mind if you’d like to stop by and marvel at its beauty.

The bridge is a sight to behold as it raises to allow all sorts of unique vessels to pass through. Psstt…Did you know that this magnificent structure is celebrating its centennial year!? Take a look at the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce guide of celebratory events culminating in a fireworks show this October.

Bascule Bridge Rising in front of Whaler's Inn in Downtown Mystic

This architectural design that connects the two towns of Groton and Stonington was built exactly a century ago in 1922! Its anniversary is just one of the many exciting reasons to embrace summer. We love this season because it’s also a great time to pay homage to our seafaring heritage. You can do this by embarking on a sensational boating adventure with picturesque views.

Getting out on the Water

We love when our local waters are filled with tall masts, modern yachts, kayaks and more! There’s always something interesting to see floating along the river. Traveler visiting without a boat? No worries. You can still get in on the nautical action!

Aboard the Best Boat tours in Mystic We’ve put together a helpful guide for you. Read on to discover which type of aquatic adventure you’d like to book when staying at The Whaler’s Inn in downtown Mystic.

Where to Find the Best Boat Tours in Mystic 

The Mystic Seaport Museum 

Our maritime past is front and center at the famed Mystic Seaport Museum. Their variety of boats are not to be missed! Did you know that their watercraft collection is the largest of its kind in the United States? It includes four National Historic Landmark vessels: the Morgan, Dunton, Sabino and Emma C. Berry among others.

Mystic Seaport Harbor view with a lighthouse and historic ships
Harbor of Mystic Seaport, Connecticut

Check out the variety of ships that you can climb aboard to explore or venture out into the water here. After you’re done with your excursion, tour the sprawling historical museum that spans 19 acres in Mystic.

It will feel as though you’ve stepped back in time with live interactive lessons from tradesmen in an authentic working shipyard.

Argia Mystic Cruises

There’s no better way to experience our community than with a nautical cruise at sunset. We suggest taking one aboard the Argia. You’ll be amazed at the beautiful masts contrasted against a colorfully-hued sky.

You can see this gorgeous vessel as you cross over the bascule bridge where it stays docked throughout the year. It sets sail from May 1st- to mid-October and is weather dependent.

If you’re a lighthouse lover, you’re in for a treat! There are several lighthouses that you’ll catch sight of while exploring the protected waters of Fishers Island Sound. Be sure to keep an eye out for:

According to the crew, you can also see several more in the distance if you bring along a trusty pair of binoculars. There are many other cruises throughout the day; however, our personal recommendation is to pack a picnic and set sail into the sunset. Head over to their website for more info on these tours.

Adventure Mystic 

Prefer to operate your own boat? Adventure Mystic is a great place to check out. Best part? They’re just down the road from us. Rent a kayak and glide along at your own pace. There’s also an opportunity to rent stand-up paddle boards with them.

If you’ve visited us in the fall, you may have spotted their iconic Halloween witch paddle floating down the river!

Be sure to ask our Front Desk Team about our exclusive discounts with Adventure Mystic reserved for our guests!

We look forward to hosting you on your summer getaways this year!