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Set Sail With East Coast River Cruises and Boat Rentals

Whether you are planning a lifetime even, such as a proposal or wedding, a corporate bonding experience or just want to experience a sunset sail with family and friends, exploring New England’s coastline by boat can lead you to a magical water adventure. With a vast array of boating options including private yacht rentals, river cruises, and sailing boats, look no further than Connecticut for multiple options to choose from when exploring the coast. 

Argia Mystic Harbor. Photo by Larry St. Pierre.

Visit all Five Islands

The Connecticut River Cruise offers a variety of tours with destinations to all five of the Connecticut River islands. Additional services include dining at fine river-side restaurants in Middletown, Haddam, and Essex. 

Plan a Private Event

The adventure riverboat offers a unique space for private events. With room for up to 40 people, event packages with Connecticut River Tours include a full catering menu, premium bar packages, and sound equipment. The boat has custom woodwork, a bathroom, and upper deck seating for a 360 view. 

Argia Mystic Cruises

Best for Viewing Lighthouses

This mahogany and white oak framed boat takes guests on a relaxing two-hour trip to explore Mystic. Guests on Argia Mystic Cruises can appreciate the view and see the islands and lighthouses during the ride. There are multiple sail times throughout the day to fit any traveler’s itinerary. 

Hawaii in Stanford

Captain John’s Tiki Tours offers a slice of Hawaii in Stamford. For an hour, six guests can ride along the stunning Stamford Harbor shoreline and see the city skyline. Special offers are available on Mahalo Mondays and Tiki Tuesdays. 

Historic Mystic Charter Tours

For History Buffs

On the Mystic Harbor Tours, guests can take a 40-minute scenic, narrated tour through the calmest part of the Mystic River. The route will pass through the homes on “Captain’s Row,” the Mystic Bascule DrawBridge, and the Tall Ships of Mystic, ultimately leading to the Mystic Seaport Museum. Entry to the museum is also included within the experience. 

For Culture Vultures

The 64’ eco-tour boat takes guests through Connecticut River’s ecology, history, and wildlife. Departing from the Connecticut River Museum, guests will enjoy what the Nature Conservancy labels as “One of the Last Great Places in the Northern Hemisphere”. 

Bring Your Pets

Join Stu Reininger as he takes guests on his 35’ ocean cruising cutter called the “Tall Tales.” The motto is “if it ain’t fun don’t do it,” which is why Marine Pro Sailing offers flexibility in the number of people, foods, beverages, and pets allowed on board. 

Romantic outing by Joyride Charters

Take Lessons

The women-owned and operated Joyride Charters offer sailing on Long Island Sound. The boat, “Pure Joy” has a galley for meal preparation, and sailing lessons are available during the charter.

Two Options: Mystic River or New London

The Poet’s Lounge offers two charters. Whether it is on the Erikson 39′ which sails through Mystic River or the Jeanneau 47’ which departs out of New London, guests of all ages can enjoy breathtaking views and rich history. 

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