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Review of Mystic Seaport

Mystic Seaport
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Ranked #1 of 34 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 young children, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children
Milford, Pennsylvania
Level 6 Contributor
359 reviews
83 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
Reviewed July 13, 2013

Seaport is especially interesting if u are interested in maritime history. Expect to pay at the front and pay for every little thing/craft once in. We will not be back to visit. Once is enough. Buy your tickets at the tourist info center for $4 off admission.

Visited July 2013
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Wytheville, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed July 11, 2013

We loved spending a long weekend here in Mystic, Conn. It was a gift from my employer for working on a special project for them at work. We stayed at the 1898 House (I think that was the year it was built) and had a complimentary dinner at a unique restaurant which was in a restored older seaport home overlooking the inlet. The dinner and the service was spectacular. Don't remember the name of the restaurant but it was just over the bridge and the first street on the left. While there, we also visited Mystic Seaport and got to see all kinds of things pertaining to that period of time. A lot of interesting history in that area that we hadn't known before. Also was able to tour a whaling ship and was surprised at the cramped sleeping and eating quarters of the men and boys. The captains got some of their crew by finding them drunk the night before and dragging them on the ship so that they could "involuntarily" join his crew. They were usually gone for months and months and sometimes even years before returning home. What a terrible and difficult life that must have been for them. Many never made it because of the dangers and also because of injuries and illnesses from lack of nourishment. Don't forget, they didn't have refrigerators or freezers back then. We also visited the casinos nearby and did a little gambling and shopped in the many shops in the area. We enjoyed the area so much that we even treated our son and daughter-in-law to a weekend on their 21st birthdays and they were able to gamble a little for the first time. And.....we dined at Mystic Pizza which was a movie which Julia Roberts played in years ago. All in all, it was a very enjoyable weekend trip and I would recommend it to couples, families with young children and teens, friends, for business and even solo......

Visited September 2012
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Vidor, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Quaint Village”
Reviewed July 11, 2013

The admission price will allow you to enter any two days during the week. We were there on the weekend of the boat show and it was nice to return when there was less congestion. There are additional paid activities for the children to enjoy such as banjo making and candle dipping. Enjoyed the whaling ship, and the fishing boat! Friendly people.

Visited July 2013
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Toronto, Canada
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43 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Historic seafront village”
Reviewed July 11, 2013

There is lots to look at as you walk around this re-creation of a historic village. Many of the old buildings have what amounts to mini museums in them, each dedicated to a different topic (eg: figure heads, sailing history). Although the whaling ship is being refurbished so you can't board it, it is interesting to see the restoration in progress. We spent a couple of hours wandering the grounds and if you are the type that likes to look at every display in museums, you could easily spend more time. We purchased the combination pass with the aquarium and it allows you to return the next day at no charge.

Visited July 2013
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hudson valley ny
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16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Fantastic place to visit”
Reviewed July 11, 2013

we got there when it opened so it was not crowded. We were able to wander the whole seaport and chat with the people working there for as long as we wanted. We definitely enjoyed the singing tour guide for the tall ship. He had us all singing and was very interesting and entertaining. Beautiful place to visit.

Visited July 2013
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