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Mystic Seaport, Mystic

Categories: Historic Sites, Ships, Museums, Tourist Spots
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4.4/5 based on 2,000+ reviews on the web
The largest maritime museum in the world, Mystic Seaport is home to a collection of historical ships and boats. Along with seacraft, a re-creation of a 19th-century fishing village is one of the attraction's most popular spots. The museum is housed in 60 historical commercial buildings where traditional crafts are still made the same way they were when the town was founded. Make Mystic Seaport a centerpiece of your Mystic vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Mystic trip itinerary planner.
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  • What a great place to spend an afternoon wondering around , while learning about whaling and life in New England from long ago. Many exibits have people doing demos and they are all very well informed...  read more »
  • We went to the Mystic Seaport museum of America and the Sea. The village has about 70 different buildings and one ticket is good for 2 days if you get it stamped before you leave. We loved it! It was ...  read more »
  • With 3 year old. Museum and play area nice but tiny. Some of staff engaged well with kids (our boy didn't want to leave the cooperage) others disinterested and thought the ships were their personal pl...  read more »
  • Awesome place. Plenty to explore and see. The ships are very well preserved and you have great access. All of the different trade shops are well staffed and the people are friendly and knowledgable. Great parking (even big enough for our 32ft RV) right across the street from the main entrance. Could spend a lot of time here.
  • This is very nice living history museum. There is a lot to do without it seeming overwhelming. They have some nice areas for younger kids (my daughter loved the kitchen area) as well as older kids. It would have been nice if there were more interactive exhibits though. Mostly reading and watching. Great for adults, but the kids got bored.
  • Beautiful day, beautiful weather, beautiful village and wonderful people! This nautical gem was truly worth the trip! Great seaport and shops. Wonderful local dining. It was nothing short of fantastic! We cannot wait to go back! There is so much to do for kids and adults!
  • We really enjoyed the whaling exhibit and the ship restoration. We were there on a rainy day. There are things to do if you happen to be there during a storm, but I would recommend a sunny day if you have that option. Our schedule was set so we couldn't avoid the weather, but we still had a nice time.
  • Bringing Connecticut Maritime History to Life: Step back in time to get a glimpse of this recreated whaling community from the 1870's. The houses and stores were lifted from surrounding towns and placed in the Mystic Seaport. You'll meet historical role players, explore the oldest surviving wooden whaling ship and so much more. There's endless opportunities for families. You could spend days here. Several movies, such as Amistad have been filmed here. In fact, a recreation of the famous ship was built on site, in their ship yard. If you're visiting around Christmas time it would be a shame to miss their famous Lantern Light Tours. An actor in period attire guides you through this theatrical experience, which plays out in different locations throughout the grounds. You'll step onto ships, visit various stores and homes. I participated in the Lantern Light Tours for seven seasons and can attest to the quality they bring year after year to their productions.
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