Mystic Seaport is a great place to come
with kids, as they can climb aboard real
sailing vessels, take a boat
ride on the Mystic River, clip-clop around town in
a horse-drawn carriage, and talk to the interpreters who
can explain what went on in a 19th-century
New England seacoast town.
Here's what you need to know:
Get There & Park
In summer, Mystic Seaport is very busy.
Traffic and parking can be a challenge.
Here's what you need to know. More...
Planning Your Visit
Your admission ticket is valid for two
days, so it's okay to arrive in the afternoon:
you can continue the next morning. Then
there's the question of food. More...
Stroll the streets of a true-to-life 19th-century
New England seacoast village, with stores,
bank, print shop, chapel, tavern and
other institutions. It sure looks real.
The most noticeable and exciting "exhibits"
are real-life nautical vessels that can
take you out on the Mystic River. Climb
aboard and take a cruise! More...
Mystic Seaport's most impressive exhibits
are the tall ships themselves. You can
climb the gangplank and explore these
vessels as you like, and really see what
life on board was like. More...
Museums & Exhibits
The entire Mystic Seaport "village" is
an exhibit, and each of its buildings contains
excellent displays that are both fun and
educational. But in addition to the restored
village there are modern museum-style buildings
with exhibits and displays that educate us
about America's history with the sea. More...
The stars in the night sky were the celestial
maps for all mariners until a century
or so ago. Mystic Seaport's Planetarium explains
the significance of stars to sailors,
and how celestial navigation worked.
Want to see real boats being made by real
boatwrights? The Preservation Shipyard
on the southern side of the Mystic Seaport
campus is a working shipyard where historic
boats are repaired and preserved, and new
boats built. You can watch the work under
way from the gallery.
More Whaling Museums
Fascinated by whales? Visit the New
Bedford Whaling Museum and Nantucket
P.O. Box 6000
75 Greenmanville Avenue
Mystic CT 06355-0990 (map)