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Ranked #1 of 35 things to do in Mystic
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Mystic Seaport is the nation's leading maritime museum. Founded in 1929, the Museum is home to four National Historic Landmark vessels, including the Charles W. Morgan, America's oldest commercial ship and the last wooden whaleship in the world. The Museum's grounds cover 19 acres on the Mystic River in Mystic, CT and include a recreated 19th-century coastal village, a working shipyard, formal exhibit halls, and state-of-the-art artifact storage facilities. Mystic Seaport is located one mile south of Exit 90 off I-95 in Mystic, CT.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed July 4, 2011

when we saw the cost per person, I had my doubts if it would really be worth it, but it absolutely was! it was spot-on and there was so much to see. Sometimes these kinds of places have only a few buildings, houses, etc to see, but this place was an entire town, full of completely authentic homes, shops and churches dating back to the 1830's and on... it was complete with a reproduction lighthouse and quite a few tall ships from long, long ago. It rained a bit while we were there, which cleared out the crowds and covered everything in a soft mist - it was any photographer's dream! We stayed about three hours and saw everything.... all the buildings and most of the ships were open to the public, some with guides, others to browse on your own. It was nice to have such access, and well worth the time and money.

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Reviewed July 3, 2011

The entire property is part museums, part fishing village from the 1800's and part ships of all kinds you can board and tour. There are docents everywhere explaining the history of the boats, giving demonstrations and getting you involved.

My 12 year old daughter did a navigation quest where you check out a compass and spyglass and have to geocache all over the property to find clue boxes that have activites to do.

Overall we spent around 4 hours doing everything and having lunch. Very well presented and maintained. The only negative would be that it is really suited for older kids and adults. They had activites and programs for younger kids, but most of it focused on games and crafts.

5  Thank TexasTraveller56
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Reviewed June 27, 2011

Mystic Seaport is a must for history buffs, sailors, and those who love interactive museums. Staff is knowledgeable and courteous. Lots to see and do. (The town of Mystic is interesting as well.) Since I took an unexpected tumble, staff was well trained, compassionate, and helpful. Over the years, we've visited more than six times, enjoying each experience.

1  Thank mickiknits
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Reviewed June 21, 2011

I've been to other historical villages and this one compares well. It is nicely spread out so it doesn't feel crowded. The volunteers are quite informative and friendly - the exhibits that had a volunteer to describe were much more enjoyable than those without. The ships set this apart. There are many to explore and kids will enjoy.

As previously mentioned, everything is spread out, so if you have trouble walking prepare to be very tired. They do have some wheelchairs to borrow, but a limited number. Of course, rain will significantly reduce the enjoyment, turning it into a race from one building to the other.

Keep in mind, that the price is not cheap but if it's a nice day, it's a great way to spend it.

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Reviewed June 20, 2011

With young children (ages 3, 4 & 5), we hoped to spend at least a few hours exploring the seaport . . . after a lot of walking and a brief tour of a ship, we found ourselves convincing the kids as to why this way fun. We waited for the free water shuttle (which didn't ever seem to come back), walked and walked and walked and eventually, left. Likely a great history lesson, but if you have young kids, there is little excitement.

4  Thank dancingnancie3
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