Mystic Seaport happens to be one of Ferni's favorite places (mine too, this was our first road trip back when we first met in 2007). There is always something new or different, but the steep price ($24 per adult), makes it an occassional trip. Mystic Seaport is a great place to come if you enjoy nautical and maritime history. It is a well known...more
There are a lot of interesting things to see in the reproduction village (photo 5 shows us walking around) which has various buildings brought from other places to show what a generic whaling village would look like. Some of the things are specific to whaling (like the ships the rope walk, and smithwright (aka blacksmith)), and others are just...more
Jim thought maybe we could take a water taxi (photo 5) down to a restaurant that he had heard about, but the water taxi (which is free) only goes from one end of Mystic to the other.There are many other boat rides that can be taken though, even if you don't have your own boat. The only one that is free with admission is the water shuttle which...more
I wanted to put together a tip about the non-maritime trades in Mystic, but when I went to the blacksmith's forge it turned out to be a shipsmith shop which was built at the head of Merrill's Wharf (now Homer's Wharf) in New Bedford, Massachusetts, by James D. Driggs in 1885. It is the only manufactory of ironwork for the whaling industry known to...more
This is a replica of the Brant Point Lighthouse which was built on Nantucket in 1966. It is open daily from 9-5. The first Brant Point Light was built in 1746. It was the second operative lighthouse in New England (the first being Boston Light dating from 1716). The wooden tower, built in 1900 is the lowest lighthouse in New England with its light...more
One of the most interesting parts of Mystic is that there are real historic buildings, transported from locations around New England which are home to many of the maritime trades that would have been necessary to the sailors, from shipsmiths and coopers to woodcarvers and riggers. The cooperage was a shop where round wooden barrels, were made...more
Or as my friend A would say, why don't we just experience some sailors instead? But seriously, at Mystic Seaport you are allowed on board the historic ships so that you can really check them out and get a sense of what it may have been like to live aboard one of them for months on end. It is shocking to see how small everything is, how every inch...more
In addition to offering boat building demonstrations, Mystic Seaport also offers boat building lessons to those who are interested. You can learn to build several different types of boats. They even offer special classes which are taught by and for women. See their website for a listing of class times and prices.more
The 19th Century Maratime Village at Mystic has several "hands on" demonstrations for visitors to see. One of my favorites was the rope making building. The building is several times longer than it is wide in order to make room for the rope to stretch long distances while it is made. The machines that twist the natutal fibers into rope are...more
The Charles W. Morgan was built in 1841 in New Bedford, Massachusetts. It is today the last wooden whaling ship of its kind. This ship is very special to my family. Charles W. Morgan was my maternal grandmother's grandfather. Her maiden name was Morgan, and my youngest sister is named Morgan in honor of the family name. It is in fact from this...more
You wouldn't think that a barrell could be so interesting until you speak with the retired history teacher who is a volunteer guide at the barrell shop. There are so many sizes, types, and uses....kids like to have their picture taken in one of the big barrells.more
Lobster traps, wharfs, clam shacks...all are a part of the learning experience at Mystic Village. Kids get so much out of their history lesson this way. These "living museums" such as we find in Mystic; Plymouth, Mass.; or Salem....are wonderful ways for everyone to learn. I like the feel of walking back through time.more
The Galley Restaurant is the cafeteria style restaurant located inside Mystic Seaport. They had a nice selection of the usual items you can find in these types of restaurants like burgers, fries, pizza, hot dogs, chicken tenders, shrimp, fish and a variety of other items. Ferni and I were a bit hungry and decided to grab a quick bite. Ferni ordered...more
We did not eat while we were here, but the main regular place to eat seems to be Schaefer's Spouter Tavern is open weekdays 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., weekends until 5 p.m.The flavor of a 19th-century seafaring village is delectably preserved at Schaefer's Spouter Tavern, with noontime meals that include authentic soups, stews, sandwiches and desserts. You...more
Seamen's Inne is an elegant seafood restaurant with beautiful views of the Mystic River from it's main dining room. It is located just down the street from Mystic Seaport and is a great place to eat after spending the day walking around the museum. Even just going there to sit and have a glass of wine is really nice. It's hard for really fresh...more
It is possible to get to Mystic by boat - you have to wait to go through the Route 1 draw bridge which opens at 20 minutes prior to the hour (photo 4), and you have to have an advanced reservation to get a place at the marina. Also the 'parking fee' for the boat is $3.75/foot LOA. For this you get admission for everyone on your boat included plus...more
There are several ways you can get out on the water at Mystic Seaport even if you don't have your own boat. The only one that is free with admission is the water shuttle which takes you from one end of the grounds to the other. This is a wonderful way to get a view of the boats from the water. The water taxi is electric so it isn't noisy like a...more
This shop at the entrance sold souveniers and also baked goods and coffee. There are other venues such as the Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport (for art), the Rosenfeld Collection Store which sells Prints, Posters, Calendars, Books and Stationery, and a Custom Framing shop with various available prints.more
The Maratime Gallery at Mystic Seaport features the work of several local artists. The mediums range from classic oil paintings to the ancient art of New England scrimshaw. There are also sculptures and water colors. The Gallery offers seasonal shows. Most works of art are for sale. Paintings, Scrimshaw, and Sculpturemore
We went to Mystic for an open hearth cooking class. Two women run the class and help everyone to be involved in the preparation of the meal...and the tending of the fires. l We used old wooden bowls, redware, tinware, and old iron pots. We were in the house they call "the Buck". It was owned by a family who kept their home in an old style (1600's fireplace) in spite of the newer methods of building the bake oven at the front wall so that women wouldn't get burned so easily. The house has remained the same design as the family left it. It was moved from Massachusetts to become part of the historic Mystic Seaport Village.
The mulled wine was waiting for us with cheese and crackers for snacking as we launched forward into the intrigueing world of open hearth cooking. Everyone was a good sport about taking on the various tasks...including cleaning up afterwards. With 7 guests and the two instructors we were finished in a flash. I had a hand (literally) in the cod fish cakes and peeling apples for the pies. My husband made the corn bread (after a few missteps) and it turned out to be the talk of the dinner table...delicious! Small wonder cause he really had no idea what he was doing. The roasted chicken had a bit of smokey flavor which was interesting and the apple pies were just THE BEST!! Whipped cream took a couple of people....no electric mixers!!
We learned about lighting a proper fire, and how to use various kitchen implements. We started working at 6 pm....the fires were started earlier. By 8 pm we were able to sit down and eat....roasted chickens cooked to perfection in front of the fire. Our complete menu in one of my pics. Our little team worked diligently and stoked the fires to keep up the pace.....totally proud of our accomplishments by meal's end!!
My husband loved the Seaport Village and was in his element reading every sign and visiting every exhibit. My son's friend was also thrilled with everything. But my children got boredI stopped and looked at the interactive presentation called "The Tale of the Whale" that they had for children and it looked very interesting (although maybe for...more
The Charles W. Morgan is the only surviving wooden American sailing whaleship from the 1800s. As such, she is the centerpiece of the Mystic Seaport whaling village. Her first voyage was in 1841, and she served from then until December 1941 when she came to Mystic Seaport. The ship was declared a National Historic Landmark and listed on the National...more
I heard from someone that we could have come by boat and docked here. The advantage to that is that you can walk around the village after the Seaport is closed to visitors. That seems like it would be a fun thing to do - the shops wouldn't be open of course, but there wouldn't be hordes of other visitors.
Arrive any time after the 1:40 p.m. Mystic River Bascule Bridge opening. Please depart prior to 1:40 p.m.
Equipment: Due to limited dock space reservations are necessary. Reservations cannot be confirmed without a deposit of $100 or one night’s dockage, whichever is less. Credit card deposits can be taken by phone
$2.75 per foot (LOA) (Includes Museum admission for members' guests arriving aboard)
Sustaining Members & Higher Categories
$2.75 per foot (LOA) (Includes Museum admission for members' guests arriving aboard and your second night of 2-night stay is free once per season.)
Individual, Dual, and Family Members and Non-Members
$3.75 per foot (Includes Museum admission for those aboard)
All levels of Membership receive free dockage October 15 through April 30, except Saturday nights; two (2) nights maximum per visit.
In the summer, there are often long lines waiting to buy tickets. We stopped at the Information Center before we got to Mystic, and found that we could buy discounted tickets there and then could walk right in without standing in line.You can also get tickets on-line. The combination ticket to the Seaport and the Aquarium can only be bought on...more
There are several attractions and areas to visit around Mystic. My tips about the Mystic Seaport involve the tourist area which requires a ticket for admission to the entire recreated village where you explore the whaling ship, seaport trades, homes, businesses, museums. The entrance is pictured here. There is ample parking across the street and...more
The guides at Mystic Seaport are really knowledgeable and helpful. They talk about how the men processed the whales at sea and brought back only the parts they knew would be useful. Touring the quarters below deck was fascinating. The ship is outfitted with kitchen, bedroom, and trade accessories. The men must have been awfully small to fit in the...more