Walking around the Mystic Seaport you get a sense of what it was like to live in days gone by. The houses with their widow-watches, the lighthouse and, of course, the ships.
Plan on spending a few hours at a minimum to walk around and see everything.
Visit Mystic, CT it's a great little town! They have an awesome aquarium and seaport. The aquarium has an great sea lion show, whale feedings, and lots of other stuff. It was fairly inexpensive and fun place to go. You can also toor the seaport and boats. Mystic is also very close to the world famous foxwood's casino. Foxwoods is the largest casino in the world! They have lots of great table games and slots. They also do lots of fun giveaways like cars and cash.
Mystic Aquarium & Institute For Exploration
offering exhibits and information on animals
and habitats, educational programs, marine
research, and marine animal rescue.
A great family attraction where the kids get
a hands on experience in some areas ....
This is a great place for kids to visit. Various shows are shown during the day. We saw a sea lion show that was entertaining. There are many types of sea life such as beluga whales, sharks, jelly fish, penguins and many more. The displays change with the seasons in the year. The stingray touch tank is a cool touch. This is a very good aquarium. However, the best aquariums I have seen would be a tie between the Tampa aquarium and the Sydney aquarium.
So since I am a mermaid and all, (heh heh), I once again checked out the local aquarium. Its one of the best I've ever been too! They had beautiful animals and great exibitions.... didn't get to spend as much time as I wanted, for I had a wedding rehersal to run to.... but if you like sealife or animals in general, this si a must... jellyfish, starfish, beluga whales, and see lion shows.... It's so good they call is an "Institute for Exploration"! fun fun fun!
I actually went here because of my cousin Paula's wedding. Its a small 'town' set-up full of history and beautiful ships. It's full of little houses that teach you about the history of Mystic. There's cute little chapels and lighthouses, and they have amazing fresh iced lemonade. They people that work here are dressed up as in the olden days, and its a great place to relax and spend the day by the sea and in the sun.
This photo was taken from the deck at Mystic Seaport. There are so many beautiful boats out on the water it's a shame not to enjoy! You can also check out the drawbridge from different areas if you're there at the right time.
There are amazing houses in Mystic. We walked past the downtown shops and took a right at the top of the hill (at the church). We were treated to beautiful houses and friendly residents. If you choose to go to Mystic Pizza (at the foot of the hill) this could help you walk it off! :)
A great place to bring the family. Fun for history enthusiasts of all ages. A great museum of American Maritime History. Various vessels can be seen here as well as an assortment of shops in the village showcasing crafts of the mid and late 19th Century.
There is a restaurant on the grounds and shops to buy gifts. Admission is charged. See website for special exhibits and events.
An absolutely charming area. Its like stepping back in to the 1700's. There are some wonderful shops (roughly 60 I believe) with all kinds of crafts, hand made and brand named products. You just can't leave without buying something.
Nearby are all the factory outlet shops.
Stonington village is a beautiful village located on the peninsula. There are some wonderful 18th and early 19th century architecture, an ancient stone lighthouse, excellent antique shops and specialty shops. Stonington is also the birthplace of Captain Nathaniel Palmer who at 21, discovered Antarctica.
Captain Grant's is an authentic 18th Century Inn, and one of the oldest in New England. A ships captain built the Inn in 1754 to serve as a Revolutionary War garrison. He hid slaves during the Civil War.
The Charles W. Morgan was built in 1841 is America’s last surviving wooden Waleship. It has become a national historic landmark and is Mystic Seaport's centrepiece exhibit.
Visitors can participate in sail setting demonstrations or learn about whaling and life aboard a whaling ship by visiting the cramped quarters below decks.
You can learn all about this coastal community in the printing office, the shipping office, drug store, bank, telegraph office, nautical instruments shop, rope walk and ships' chandlery. There is plenty of memorabilia on display as well as little things to buy.
You can take the river road which begins in historic downtown Mystic, passes by many large Victorian homes offering incredible views of the river, Mystic Seaport, and area wildlife. At the other end of the short journey is the picturesque village of Old Mystic.