Mystic Seaport Museum hosts many events during the season including visits by classic wooden boats. They tie up along side the whaling and antique fishing boats. You are apt to see a sleek 1947 Chris Craft with gently curving plywood fantails and Jonesporters of cedar and oak at a weekend antique boat rally.
In the center of the village of Mystic the Mystic Art Association's riverside gallery has exhibits and juryied shows along with a permanent collection.
The historic seaside villages in the Mystic area offer the traveler quite an array of options. There are galleries of impressionist and marine art, beaches with picnic areas, an aquarium, a carousel museum, giant flea market, two massive casinos, one the largest in the US, a free submarine museum, the whaling museum where a pass is good for two days, the largest Native American museum in the world, and many vineyards with wine tasting. Proximity to Route I-95, a major north south highway makes it easy to get to Mystic from major cities north or south.
By driving a few miles south of Mystic on I-95 you can visit the museum run by the US Navy that celebrates the building in 1954 of the first nuclear submarine, the Nautilus at the nearby Groton shipyards. The museum honors all the submariners of the nation. Lieutenant Commander Chris Slawson, the director of the museum and a submariner who has served on many sixth month patrols, invites your visit.
"We are free of charge and have free RV parking and good access. We offer a comprehensive review of submarine history and development of modern nuclear submarines along with a chance to tour one of the most historic ships ever to sail, the USS Nautilus. The first nuclear powered submarine in the world, the Nautilus was the first ship of any kind to reach the North Pole, setting that record in 1958. The submarine set many records and milestones throughout its 25 years of service."
The adjacent museum traces the evolution of submarines with a library, photo gallery, ship models, and thousands of artifacts.
Mystic Whaling Museum Photos by Rain Rodolph
Mystic Connecticut's Whaling Museum at Mystic Seaport:
A visit to the Mystic seaport is a great way to recapture the era of whaling tall ships. Board the steamboat Sabino at Mystic Seaport and watch as the engineer shovels in the coal and stirs the fire
Mystic Museum's steam ferry makes trips along the docks and into the channel towards the bascule bridge on Mystic Connectucut's Main street.
The steam vessel Sabino was built in 1908 and is the last steamer of its kind still in service.
Mystic Connecticut's Seaport Museum comes into view as you tour from the top deck of the 54-foot steam launch.
You will get a great view of Mystic 's museum and the village of 19th century homes, shops, and the working shipyard meticulously preserved along the shore in a unique museum dedicated to seafaring and the age of sail.
Mystic's 17-acre shipyard is a museum of America and the sea with stories of immigration, of fishing, boat building and whaling. The Mystic Seaport Museum is home to the 1841 Charles W. Morgan, the world's last remaining square-rigged whaling ship of wood. Volunteers ascend the rigging and unfurl the canvas in a demonstration of the sails that once drove the black-hulled tall ship on its 37 voyages around the world hunting whales.
Whale oil fueled the lamps of 1850s New England. The oil brought a hefty price and great riches flowed back to build seacoast villages like the one recreated on the shore of the Mystic River at the museum.
From Mystic you can drive a short distance north along the coast and visit the 1852 Captain Palmer House, a sea captain's mansion turned museum in Stonington Borough. Captain Palmer hunted fur seals in regions beyond the southern maps and made history when he sighted land beyond the furthest reaches then known to seafarers; he was first to glimpse the unknown continent of Antarctica.
Stonington's homes speak eloquently about the prosperity brought by seafarers whose voyages financed the building of the stone lighthouse on the point, now a museum, and the splendid Victorian and Revival mansions that today shine like museum pieces in this seacoast village.
Returning to Mystic on the vineyard trail through the rolling farm country of Stonington you can visit boutique wine makers Stonington Vineyards holding their afternoon wine tasting and demonstration in the art of viticulture.
The highway I-95 passes near the Mystic Aquarium were 500 exotic fish swim in a 30,000- gallon display while Beluga Whales, Dolphins, and Stellar Sea Lions share the spotlight with an exhibit detailing Dr. Robert Ballard's search for the Titanic. Nearby there is another recreated village with many shopping options. Of interest also might be B.F. Clyde's steam powered cider mill.
Mystic Village has many dinning options including the S & P Oyster Company Restaurant overlooking the river.
Not far from Mystic you can visit the new Pequot Museum dedicated to Native American culture.
The tribe of Mashantucket Pequots was nearly wiped out by war in the 1600s, but they re-established their claim in the hills six miles from the coast. and grew the operation into the largest casino in the US with a huge hotel and entertainment complex.
in 1998, they built the 194 million-dollar, 308,000 square foot Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center where they celebrate their heritage with dioramas that rival any large city museum.
At their adjacent Foxwoods Casino, the Pequots have created an entertainment complex that is family-friendly and includes a parking lot and shuttle service that are also big rig friendly with a dedicated RV parking area. With non-smoking gaming areas, poker tables, cinema, club dancing, live music, and stage shows.
The Mohegan culture, not to be upstaged, has built its equally big and equally friendly entertainment-filled casino a few miles away.
At Mystic Seaport,The Museum of America and the Sea workers preserve the trades and traditions of the age of sail.
Mystic Seaport, a Mystic Connecticut
whaling Museum has several restoration
Mystic Connecticut Whaling Museum, Mystic Seaport
The Mystic Connecticut Whaling Museum offers walking tours of a recreated whaling village of the 1850s along the banks of the Mystic River in Mystic Connecticut.
1841 Charles W. Morgan, the world's last remaining square-rigged whaling ship of wood.
Lighthouse Point, Stonington
Getting to Mystic Connecticut: The nearest large city to Mystic Conn. in the north is Boston.(BOS) From the south, New York City is a 100 mile drive on Route I-95 north.
Air service reaches Boston from other major hubs and cities. Rental cars are available at the airport. From Boston take Route I- 95 south for 115 miles.
Airlines serve Providence RI (Warwick RI. (PVD) TF Green Airport) and Hartford Conn. (BDL) Bradley International Airport, smaller cities closer to Mystic than Boston or NY
Train service is available to Mystic from major cities via Amtrak.
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The Mystic Seaport offers a large free parking lot just across from the entrance
Mystic Art Association's Gallery is across from Mystic Pizza. Paid parking lot
A staff of professional boat builders works to re-build and preserve the ships and tools that once were commonplace in the age of sail.
Mystic Connecticut Whaling Museum at the Mystic Seaport Museum preserves the trades and traditions of a seafaring community during the 1850s age of sail
Visitors tour a restored whaling ship at Mystic Seaport