CT Spring Boat Show at Safe Harbor Essex

Safe Harbor Essex Island Marina 99 Pratt Street, Essex

April 26, 27 & 28, 2024 The 2023 Show raised over $18,000.00 in funds for Sails Up 4 Cancer. While many boats were sold over the weekend, our shoreside exhibitors broke new ground with over 30 exhibitors engaging the crowds and four bands providing live music. In 2024, we expect continued growth on both boats and shoreside fun. We have five bands booked for the weekend, three fishing seminars - Fishing The River, Fishing The Sound and Fishing Offshore planned for Saturday. Mark Your Calendar! Friday, April 26th, 1 - 6pm Saturday, April 27th, 10am - 5pm Sunday, April 28th, 10am - 5pm For more information

Free – $22

Summer Camps at Mystic Seaport: For Ages 4 and Up

Mystic Seaport 75 Greenmanville Ave, Mystic

June 17 through August 12, 2024 Slots filling quickly Mystic Seaport Museum offers a number of summer camps and programs that provide a unique learning adventure! Our wide selection of Summer Day Camps offers campers ages 4 to 16 a kid’s-eye-view of maritime history as they explore the Museum. Community Sailing day camps let kids ages 6 to 15 build and refine their sailing skills with our sailing instructors out on the Mystic River. Our residential, Joseph Conrad Overnight Camp invites campers 8 to 15 to spend a week with us, learning to sail by day, doing fun maritime themed activities in the evenings, and sleeping aboard a historic ship by night. And teens 15 and up can sail along the coast as part of the crew of the schooner Brilliant. Select the camp that best suits your children and give them a summer to remember at Mystic Seaport Museum!   For more information

Summer Campsat Mystic Seaport

Mystic Seaport 75 Greenmanville Ave, Mystic

Kick off summer at Riverfest! Tour visiting fishing vessels docked at the Museum for the weekend, and absorb yourself in special historical demonstrations like sail handling aboard historic vessels, cod fishing, and open hearth cooking. Enjoy local seafood and beverages while listening to live music by the Mystic River, or shop at a variety of artisan vendor booths. And you won’t want to miss our newest formal exhibitions: Entwined: Freedom, Sovereignty, and the Sea and Spineless: A Glass Menagerie of Blaschka Marine Invertebrates. Want to spend time out on the water to find your sea story? Enjoy a captained boat ride, or take out a sailboat, rowboat, or pedal boat! “Seas the day” at Riverfest! This event is free for Members and included in admission for non-members. Become a Member today to enter Riverfest—and every daytime event in the year to come—for FREE.   For more information

$21 – $31

CT Open House Day on the Thames

Discover both the hidden and larger-than-life gems in Groton and New London during CT Open House Day. Once a year on the 2nd Saturday in June, sites in Thames River Heritage Park host open houses in celebration of CT Open House Day. Start in Groton Heights or Downtown New London or Fort Trumbull State Park for a fun-filled day filled with special events, festivals, demonstrations, and guided tours. The special hop-on, hop-off harbor cruise/water taxi will be operating to kick off the weekend! Use Promo Code 2024CTOHD for a $5 All Day Pass (3 and under ride free). Operating hours will be from 11am-6pm. You can board the boat at three different launch sites. For more information

Free – $5

Voyage to the Deep – Underwater Adventures at Mystic Seaport

Mystic Seaport 75 Greenmanville Ave, Mystic

Exhibition on June 8, 2024, through September 2, 2024 Based on French author Jules Verne’s 1870 classic, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, this exhibition brings to life the adventures of Captain Nemo, his fantastical submarine Nautilus, and the mythical world he inhabited. At the center of this fantasy world is the giant Nautilus where visitors can climb aboard and discover the inner workings of a deep-sea vessel. Take up the controls at the helm, look through periscopes, crank the propeller, test out the bunks, and explore Captain Nemo’s Cabinet of Curiosities, full of incredible marine specimens. The highly interactive experience explores marine habitats and creatures, diving equipment, and maritime archaeology, delivering immersive experiences for children and engaging content for adults. Visitors will encounter a variety of activities ranging from full-body activities like slides and climbing structures to simple tabletop games. Voyage to the Deep – Underwater Adventures is an unforgettable experience that combines science education, exploration, and entertainment. It’s a unique opportunity for families, students, and anyone seeking adventure to dive into the wonders of the deep sea and celebrate the enduring legacy of Jules Verne’s literary masterpiece. For more information

$21 – $31

Donuts with Dad on The Essex Steam Train & Riverboat

Essex Steam Train 1 Railroad Ave., Essex

Kick off your Father’s Day celebrations this year with a morning train & riverboat cruise on the Becky Thatcher Riverboat! It’s our annual Donuts with Dad breakfast celebration and we will be featuring a giant selection of delicious treats from the Beach Donut Shop in Clinton CT! Coffee and tea are on us, Dad! All you need to do is sit back and enjoy yourself, take in the serenity of the morning scenery on the Connecticut River and have a great time with your crew. Donuts aren’t all…..we have a grab-and-go buffet of breakfast selections available for you to choose from including, fruit salad, yogurt parfaits, bacon, egg and cheese sandwiches, and fruit cobbler. For more information  

$40 – $65

Shipwright’s Daughter Rum Runner Dinner Aboard the Sabino Steamboat

Sabino Steamboat Mystic Bascule Bridge, Mystic

JOIN US FOR A 2-HOUR SUNSET CRUISE aboard the beautifully restored Sabino Steamboat WITH FOOD FROM JAMES BEARD AWARD FINALIST, CHEF DAVID STANDRIDGE IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE REAL MCCOY RUM & WINES FROM UNGRAFTED SELECTIONS. ENJOY CULINARY DELIGHTS LIKE SUSTAINABLY SOURCED NEW ENGLAND POKE BOWL, SUSHI HAND ROLLS & CRAFT COCKTAILS FROM THE OPEN BAR AS REAL MCCOY RUM FOUNDER BAIley Pryor and his team regale our guests with tales of bill mccoy and the rum runners. Our First Dinner will take place on June 18th with a rain date of July 18th. The Sabino will set sail from the Mystic Bascule Bridge at 5:30. unfortunately No accommodations or refunds can be made for guests who arrive late. For more information

$150