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Mystic Seaport, Mystic

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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. Take a look at our Mystic driving holiday planner to schedule your visit to Mystic Seaport and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • If you want to accumulate yourself to the Eastern board this is the place to visit. It may seem expensive but it was worth it. We spent about 7 hrs here. There is a lot to see and admire.It was truly ...  more »
  • Love the Seaport! Was warm enough to spend hours exploring. The ships and their history are fascinating, and the old town setup has authentic buildings moved to the site from other parts of Connecticu...  more »
  • Allow at least half a day visit aimed both at adults and children. Mystic is also a beautiful little town of step
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  • This Seaport has a long and beautiful history. There are cruises offered in the Waterway there where one can see the boats from the Waterside. There's a lot of history, the boats can be boarded and one can wander through at ones leisure. There are a couple of excellent gift shops as well. The seaport also offers various seminars in Woodworking and seafaring navigation both old and new.
  • We visited in the rain so there were no crowds. For us this gave us a much better experience. We had the chance to have several one on one conversations with the interpreters in several of the buildings and ships. They were exceptionally knowledgeable. The property is beautiful and well maintained. You can use a little imagination and understand life in the heyday of the seaport.
  • My tween daughter and I visited on a Sunday afternoon - 1 hour before closing. We received half priced tickets unexpectedly because there was only an hour left. Personally we didn't feel we needed more than that hour. We saw everything - a lot of nice ships, including the Morgan which we explored - saw the Mayflower II in repair - visited the workshops. It was incredibly hot that afternoon also. Not too crowded. Overall good experience but I would never need a large amount of time there unless I wanted to research each ship.
  • Nice, little, history filled spot to take the kids. The dressed up staff are amazing for what they do. Went as a kid and loved it, took my kids recently and I still loved it. And the kids thought it was pretty neat too. Definatly recommend taking the kids here as a great fun and learning trip.
  • I would really love to rate this higher because I remember coming here as a kid and being fascinated by the boats. The problem is that they close early and admission is very pricey. You don't get to see anything prior to purchasing your tickets. You walk up to the visitation center and unless you pay, there is nothing at all to see. I know that's the case with a lot of places (museums, theme parks...) but it is literally just an outdoor area on the river where you look at old boats and see how people lived in Mystic long ago. Maybe I'm wrong about this but we drove 1&1/2 hours just to get back in the car and drive to downtown Mystic for dinner and ice-cream. It was a little bit disappointing.

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Where to stay in Mystic

Large resorts fill the scenic land near the water. The local casino manages one luxury resort with over 1,000 rooms. The others are owned by large chains known for providing luxury accommodations. Inland are historical mansions and houses that have been converted to bed and breakfasts and inns. These lodgings have fewer rooms, so book early to ensure your space.
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