|Mystic Seaport Museum, Mystic CT|
|Mystic Seaport is a gem of historic New England. If you have any interest in the region, its history, or life at sea, spend a morning, afternoon or entire day (or two) here.|
Mystic Seaport is a great place to come with kids, as they can climb aboard real sailing vessels, take a boat ride on the Mystic River, clip-clop around town in a horse-drawn carriage, and talk to the interpreters who can explain what went on in a 19th-century New England seacoast town.
Here's what you need to know:
In summer, Mystic Seaport is very busy. Traffic and parking can be a challenge. Here's what you need to know. More...
Your admission ticket is valid for two days, so it's okay to arrive in the afternoon: you can continue the next morning. Then there's the question of food. More...
Stroll the streets of a true-to-life 19th-century New England seacoast village, with stores, bank, print shop, chapel, tavern and other institutions. It sure looks real. More...
The most noticeable and exciting "exhibits" are real-life nautical vessels that can take you out on the Mystic River. Climb aboard and take a cruise! More...
Mystic Seaport's most impressive exhibits are the tall ships themselves. You can climb the gangplank and explore these vessels as you like, and really see what life on board was like. More...
The entire Mystic Seaport "village" is an exhibit, and each of its buildings contains excellent displays that are both fun and educational. But in addition to the restored village there are modern museum-style buildings with exhibits and displays that educate us about America's history with the sea. More...
The stars in the night sky were the celestial maps for all mariners until a century or so ago. Mystic Seaport's Planetarium explains the significance of stars to sailors, and how celestial navigation worked.
Want to see real boats being made by real boatwrights? The Preservation Shipyard on the southern side of the Mystic Seaport campus is a working shipyard where historic boats are repaired and preserved, and new boats built. You can watch the work under way from the gallery.
Have a look at the video stories on the Mystic Seaport's blog to get a real sense of what you'll experience. More...
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