"MYSTIC SEAPORT--A seafaring village" Top 5 Page for this destination Mystic by VeronicaG

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MYSTIC SEAPORT MUSEUM

We love immersing ourselves in history! Mystic Seaport gave us an opportunity to visit a recreated seafaring village from the 1800's complete with historic buildings, period costumes, ships, carriage rides and ship building demonstrations. We climbed through the restored ships, walked the picturesque streets and dined at an old tavern for lunch.

The museum shop carried a vast quantity of nautical accessories, books, reproduction glassware and ceramics plus postcards and other souvenirs such as t-shirts, hats and mugs.

UPDATE: For special savings to Mystic Seaport AND Mystic Aquarium please see the website at www.mysticseaport.org.

Directions: Take I-95 to exit 90 onto Rt. 27 to Mystic, at the end of the ramp turn onto Rt. 27 S.

RESTORED HISTORIC VILLAGE

Mystic Seaport depicts a 19th century seafaring town in Connecticut. An entire town of restored buildings comprise the museum area. There are restaurants on the grounds, as well as a bake shop.

The seaport is opened Apr.-Oct. 9 am-5 pm and Nov.-Mar. 10 am-4 pm. Admission is $17.50 for adults; $15.50 for seniors,active duty military, college students with ID; for children ages 6-17 the cost is $12, 5 and under free. NOTE: half price tickets are available after 4pm. BE SURE TO HAVE YOUR TICKET VALIDATED FOR A 2nd CONSECUTIVE DAY FOR FREE!

Mystic Seaport is ten miles East of New London, Connecticut and one mile on Route 27. For more details see www.mysticseaport.org.

SHIP COLLECTION

Mystic Seaport boasts of having the largest collection of historic watercraft in the world. One of the ships, the Charles Morgan, was built in 1841 in New Bedford, Massachusetts and is the last surviving wooden whaling ship. It was capable of holding a crew of 35 men and operated as a whaler until 1921.

Why did they hunt whales? Whale oil was used to keep lighthouses going, provided fuel for lamps, oiled machines in factories and was used for many other purposes.

Update on Mystic Seaport: According to Aol news (April 24,-06) several different groups of people have witnessed some sort of apparition in the lower level of the 165 year old whaling ship, Charles W. Morgan. The groups were from Massachusetts, Arizona and New York visiting within a week's time of each other.

Supposedly a man in 19th century clothing was seen working below deck, when no one was assigned to do so. This "person" had a pipe in his mouth and nodded at the people, but did not speak. It is being investigated.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Quaint waterfront town; historic buildings; old ships!
  • In a nutshell:Reminds me of New England!
  • Last visit to Mystic: Sep 2001
  • Intro Updated Sep 19, 2006
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  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Apr 5, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    Nice tips

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Aug 25, 2009 at 2:53 PM

    I used to have relatives in Connecticut whom I visited quite often when I was a student in New York, but somehow we never made it over to Mystic. You make the town look and sound really interesting!

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Feb 19, 2007 at 5:37 AM

    First, thanks for stopping by my St. Augustine page. Now Mystic is my kind of place. The steamer ride sounds like fun and love Seaport Village.

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Oct 13, 2006 at 7:17 PM

    Veronica, I really enjoyed your tour of Mystic. The lighthouse, ships, buggy ride...all look great and enjoyable. Thanks for sharing with us.

  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    Sep 9, 2006 at 10:00 PM

    It is always fun to find such a "preserved" (or reconstructed) old villages. It helps to imagine how life was for our ancestors!

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Sep 9, 2006 at 6:01 PM

    This page brings back great memories of one of the first international trips I ever took - with my parents in 1959 to visit relatives in Mystic! To this day, I remember boarding the 'Charles W. Morgan'!

  • Aug 3, 2006 at 9:51 AM

    Lovely place to visit and such an unusual name considering the Ghost sighted. Has the phenomenon been investigated? Thanks for sharing - regards Martin

  • Pawtuxet's Profile Photo
    Jul 4, 2006 at 10:35 AM

    Wonderful tour of Mystic seaport. It is definately an interesting and fun place to go...with or without the kids! We loved it.

  • starship's Profile Photo
    Jun 27, 2006 at 8:02 AM

    Veronica, did you see that 'Good Morning, America' just had a segment on the "Ghost" on the ship here?

  • traveldave's Profile Photo
    Jun 9, 2006 at 7:31 AM

    I was born not too far from Mystic, in New London. And most of my CT page is about Mystic Seaport.

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