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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
made famous in
the 1988 movie
They serve a pizza
"A slice of
|Mystic Seaport, a Mystic
Connecticut whaling Museum has
several restoration projects
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
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
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Within a half day's drive from Mystic Conn
The Mystic Seaport offers a large
free parking lot just across from the
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.
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