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“great attraction for the american history fan”
Review of Mystic Seaport

Mystic Seaport
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New England Country Christmas With Mystic Seaport Lantern Tour
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 young children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Food available for purchase
Hatfield, Pennsylvania
Level 4 Contributor
21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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“great attraction for the american history fan”
Reviewed December 14, 2013

We liked the seaport as a whole. Maybe a little pricey, but we had discount tickets so it was worth the money. Great restoration of the original mystic town with lots of history etc. We actually wish we had more time, but we will return at some point and allow more time

Visited November 2013
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“Lovely Lantern Tour”
Reviewed December 14, 2013

We have visited the Seaport during both winter and summer. My favorite time is to go for a Lantern Light Tour during the holidays, which was what we did on our most recent visit. The weather was a bit more than seasonally chilly, but there was no wind. The guides are not only dressed in period costumes, they are also in period persona as well. Once we left the visitors center we were transported to "Greenmanville" on Christmas Eve during the late 1800's. We began our tour with a short ride on a horse drawn omnibus. The tour is actually a play and we are guided through the village by one of the residents who fills us in on bits and pieces of what is happening. Each act of the play takes place in a different building or ship, so you get to visit quite a few places within the village. It is a lot of fun, but you need to be mindful of your footing, as the walking surfaces are uneven in some locations and it's dark. I don't suggest it for anyone with very young children but for folks looking for something a bit different to do for the holidays, I would say this is a very nice event to take in.

Visited December 2013
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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135 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“Great place”
Reviewed December 10, 2013

My husband and I were on our way to Rhode Island and wanted to do something in Connecticut also. We chose Mystic because it looked like a very interesting place. It turned out to be everything we expected and much more. There are many whaling ships to see and the historic village is very interesting. You can walk inside the restored historic buildings of the village. There is a house, church, school, stores, etc. What a great day we had, we were so pleased that we chose this town to spend the day.

Visited September 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“A fun visit even in the cold”
Reviewed December 9, 2013

Visited in December and despite the cold windy day we had a wonderful visit. The docents took a lot of time to talk about what was happening in their exhibit and most buildings were open to view with about 1/2 of them staffed. We returned in the evening for the Lantern Light Tour which was very entertaining and fun.

Visited December 2013
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Groton, CT
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
Reviewed December 8, 2013

There are other whaling museums and other maritime museums but Mystic Seaport redefined itself as the Museum of America and the Sea some time back and covers it all. They have an immense collection and only a small part is on display. The rest is in a warehouse across the street and try to get in if you can. Its is astonishing. – probably a hundred antique outboard motors alone! The stuff in storage rotates through exhibits and special expositions so don’t feel bad if you can’t get in. What in on display could easily engross for days.

Visited December 2013
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