By Olivia Foster
On the docks of the Noank Shipyard, down the road from Abbott’s Lobster, you’ll find Mystic Boat Adventures. Opened in the summer of 2017, this fun water experience offers several boat tours a day. It’s the perfect activity if you’re visiting the Mystic area for the first time, or simply want to discover the Shoreline from a different perspective. Both date and family friendly, I gifted the other seat on my boat to my dad as a belated Father’s Day present.
Be forewarned that when embarking on this excursion, you WILL get wet. Propelled by a small outboard motor, the boat is the size of a pedal boat but has the speed of a jet ski. This two-seater gives you enough space to stretch out your legs and relax, with a canopy that can be opened depending on the weather. Owner Rob Roche leads the small caravan of vessels and starts off every tour with a quick how-to on operating each boat. Sign up for the one-hour option if you’d like to feel the spray in your face and explore the open water. If you’ve got more time, go for the three-hour tour to see more of historic Mystic. Zip under the Mystic Drawbridge, fly by Mystic Seaport, sight Ram Island, and even get a peek of Latimer Lighthouse by Fisher’s Island. If you’re on the hunt for an exciting day on the water, here’s your answer.
Practical things to know:
1 hour tour: $75 per person; 3 hour tour: $135 per person
Arrive 30 minutes prior to departure time.
Must be 18 or older & have a valid drivers license to operate the boat.
Children must be 8 or older to ride with an adult.
Life preservers provided for all but required for those 15 and under.
Bring layers and/or a towel to protect from possible wind and water.
Wear water friendly attire and shoes.
Optional: bring non-alcoholic beverages and snacks for mid-trip stop.