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Summer Fun Guide CT

Connecticut Family Boating Adventures

If this latest heat wave has you thinking about getting out on the water, then look no further- we’ve got the list for you! Whether you’re after free family fun with the kids, a kayak adventure, sailing, or a river tour, we’ve got you covered!

Free Boating

Photo Credit: Essex Steam Train, Mystic Seaport

Free Family Boating:

Essex Steam Train and Riverboat:

Free admission for one adult with children with the 2023 Summer at Museum Program on select sailings. Head out and explore the river, and take a train ride to boot!

Mystic Seaport Museum:

Free admission for one adult with children with the 2023 Summer at Museum Program- tons of historical vessels to explore, along with free rowboat, sailboat or pedal boat rentals! You can also purchase tickets for a guided tour aboard a larger boat.

No Child Left Inside Family Boating Days:

Offered on July 22 and August 19, these free family boating days invite everyone out for a day of boating on the pond. No prior experience necessary. Water safety and boating education will be provided before taking out a canoe, kayak or paddle board. There will also be hikes, partner tables, arts & crafts and more.

Photo Credit: Sunbeam Fleet, Black Hawk Sport Fishing

Fishing Boat Adventures:

Sunbeam Fleet:

This no-experience necessary fishing charter is perfect for families with older kids. They make it so easy!

Black Hawk Sport Fishing:

A fishing adventure for kids of all ages! From porgies and seabass to bluefish and cod, and other unique catches – we have something for everyone out on the water.

Photo Credit: Longshore Sailing School, Mystic Adventures, Scoot and Paddle

Boat Rentals:

Mystic Boat Adventures:

Rent your own mini powerboat vessel and have an adventure on a fun three hour tour. It’s like driving a go-cart on the water!

Scoot and Paddle:

Rent kayaks or Stand up Paddleboards and explore Milford from the water.

Sea Turtle SUP:

Experience the joy of stand up paddleboarding in this classic New England Adventure.

Longshore Sailing School
Sailing, Kayaking and Paddle Boarding classes, private lessons and rentals out of Westport, Connecticut.

Boating Tours and Sailing:

Captain Morgan’s Fun Boat Rides:

Captain Morgan offers a variety of family fun tours as well as boat training. Sailing, cruising, and watersport options available.

Norwalk Seaport Association: 

Fun tours and more to appreciate CT’s natural beauty!


Join us aboard and experience the beautiful Connecticut River AND the Connecticut River Museum! There’s so much to see on the Connecticut River!

Project Oceanology Research Boat Tours:

This is another great nature tour for kids- Explore the sea life in Long Island Sound and learn how to use a wide range of oceanographic equipment as part of a “hands-on” flagship environmental monitoring program aboard the Enviro-Lab research vessel. Participation is expected!

Sail Works CT:

Learn to sail and embark on adventure with Sailworks! Offering sailing trips, sunset cruises, and lessons for families.

Do you like to explore the water? Have something you’d like to share? Leave us a comment below! 
A lot of time and energy goes into making sure all information is accurate. However, things often change, jet-lag/sleep regressions happen, and I’m only human. Definitely double check with the organizer before heading out! 

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