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“A mishmash of a museum”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Mystic Seaport

Mystic Seaport
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$28.95*
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Admission to Mystic Seaport
Ranked #1 of 33 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: Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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“A mishmash of a museum”
Reviewed October 12, 2012

Some very good parts to this museum but there were occupied houses on the site. Rowing groups practising and people working independently of the museum made for a confusing and certainly disappointing experience. Signage was not clear and we ended up in a couple of places we shouldnt have. If they need a model on how to display the many positive aspects of the area they should use the Liverpool Maritime museum as a template.
A waste of time and money really.

Visited October 2012
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Congers, New York
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“Worthwhile - a wonderful way to spend the day (or two)”
Reviewed October 11, 2012

My husband and I really enjoyed the better part of a Saturday at the Mystic Seaport. The attraction is really an outdoor museum dedicated to all things related to sailing. We found the displays and exhibits truly educational and captivating -- definitely something here for everyone.

GETTING HERE: The Seaport is located within about a mile or two of I-95. Essentially one turn and you are there. Plenty of free parking.

EXHIBITS: The grounds are spread out over several acres of waterfront property along the banks of the Connecticut River. On site is a 19th century fishing village, with buildings fully restored to the time period. The website says that many of the buildings were saved and moved here, and they did an exceptional job with the restoration. There are many, many different buildings to explore, each with some relation to ship making - you could literally spend hours here. One of the highlights for us were the rope-making building (which is only 250 feet of the original building length of 1500!), where the rope making equipment was on display. The sail making loft was also interesting. There is literally something for everyone here, depending on your interests, and it was very stimulating and educational. Included with our Mystic Pass was the planetarium show, which was good, although a little hokey at times, but was dedicated to the sky and stars in relation to night navigation on the sea. Worthwhile, even if you pay the additional $3 (I think) for the show if it's not included in your ticket. There are so many other activities that we didn't do - the carriage ride, boat rides, etc. - that it's easy to see how you could truly spend the better part of two days here.

FOOD: We ate lunch at the "Spouter" Tavern within the property, and enjoyed a sandwich and a drink each. The food was pretty good, but a little on the expensive side, although we did indulge in a lobster roll and salmon salad. Lunch for the two of us totaled $41 - a little much, but, like I said, we did indulge. Typical sandwiches were $12 each, with the lobster roll being $19.

VALUE: For $51 per person, you gain entrance into both the Seaport and the Aquarium, along with some other "freebies" (water bottles, fountain drink, etc). This was a great option to save a couple of bucks if you are planning on doing both attractions.

I would really recommend this attraction to really almost anyone, with perhaps the exceptions being very young kids (they may be bored) and those with disabilities. Because the grounds are pretty spread out, and several buildings require traveling on stairs to gain access, a wheelchair may prove to be a challenge. Otherwise, almost everyone will find something of interest here.

Visited September 2012
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Can't visit Mystic without going here!”
Reviewed October 10, 2012

Very easily visited in a couple of hours, you really get the heart of the area..the shipbuilding history and ethos.

Visited August 2012
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“Fascinating Attraction with Great Staff”
Reviewed October 9, 2012

More than enough to occupy enquiring minds for a day. Even better, ticket price allowed admission over 2 days. Lots of interesting history and the staff were very keen to help and inform.

A great day

Visited September 2012
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Boone, North Carolina
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“History and charm”
Reviewed October 7, 2012

We loved Mystic Seaport. For one price you get 2 days to wander around the Seaport. The docents in each of the displays are incredibly well versed in the history and story of the Seaport and give you such a good idea of what life was like then. Be sure to go to the live exhibits listed on the daily program.

Visited October 2012
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