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Mystic Seaport: The Museum of America and the Sea

Learn about life in a recreated 19th-century seafaring village or climb aboard one of the world’s last wooden whaleboats in this expansive outdoor maritime museum.

Mystic Seaport: The Museum of America and the Sea presents a larger-than-life insight into America’s maritime heritage through immersive experiences, original artifacts and preserved vessels. Explore a vast range of sailing ships and boats or see more than 60 meticulously restored historic waterfront buildings. Make your way around this seafaring village, which has been recreated to depict the world as it was in the 1800s. At Mystic Seaport, you can be the captain of a sailboat and cruise down the Mystic River.

Stroll through the village to see real New England buildings and meet historians, performers and storytellers who will weave a life-like insight into 19th century Mystic. Take a ride on a horse-drawn carriage or watch the shipsmiths working on the rigs. Wander through expertly recreated gardens and listen as the museum’s chanteymen perform traditional songs from the seafarers of long ago.

Don’t miss climbing aboard the Charles W. Morgan, the last of the historic American whaling fleet that launched in the 19th century. Built in 1841, the Morgan sailed the seas until 1921 and is today the treasure of Chubb’s Wharf. Walk the decks of this historic vessel to learn about the whaling industry. See more nationally significant historic vessels moored in the wharf, such as an 1866 fishing boat and a 1908 steamer.

Visit the museum’s Preservation Shipyard, where you can watch restorers working on the historic vessels. Check out a collection of carved ships’ figureheads and see fascinating nautical instruments on display. Head to the museum’s planetarium to see the constellations soaring above as you learn about how sailors would use the stars to navigate the seas.

Take the chance to cruise around Mystic Seaport in a historic vessel and learn about the different ships as you sail by. You can also rent a rowboat or a sailboat and make your own voyage around the port.

Mystic Seaport: The Museum of America and the Sea is located on Mystic’s historic waterfront. Discounted admission is available to seniors and children. The museum is open daily, except for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Check the museum’s daily activity schedule to plan your visit to this exciting hands-on attraction.


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Days Inn Mystic $47
Days Inn Mystic

Days Inn Mystic

55 Whitehall Avenue, Mystic
     
    3.5
    of 5, from 2,292 reviews
    2.0 out of 5.0

    Situated near the beach, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Olde Mistick Village and Mystic Seaport - The Museum of America and the Sea. Mystic Aquarium and Institute for Exploration and Steamboat Sabino at Mystic Seaport are also within 1 mi (2 km).

    Hyatt Place Mystic $109
    Hyatt Place Mystic

    Hyatt Place Mystic

    224 Greenmanville Ave, Mystic
       
      4.5
      of 5, from 1,616 reviews
      3.0 out of 5.0

      Hyatt Place Mystic is on the Connecticut shoreline, a 12-minute walk from Mystic Seaport, one of the world's largest maritime museums. Mystic Aquarium is a 10-minute walk, while Misquamicut's beaches are 20 minutes by car. Amtrak Station NLC is a 10-minute drive from the hotel.

      Howard Johnson Inn Mystic $84
      Howard Johnson Inn Mystic

      Howard Johnson Inn Mystic

      253 Greenmanville Ave, Mystic
         
        3.9
        of 5, from 1,609 reviews
        2.0 out of 5.0

        Situated in Mystic, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Olde Mistick Village and Mystic Seaport - The Museum of America and the Sea. Mystic Aquarium and Institute for Exploration and Steamboat Sabino at Mystic Seaport are also within 1 mi (2 km).

        Hilton Mystic $101
        Hilton Mystic

        Hilton Mystic

        20 Coogan Blvd, Mystic
           
          4.1
          of 5, from 1,422 reviews
          3.5 out of 5.0

          Situated near the beach, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Mystic Aquarium and Institute for Exploration and Mystic Seaport - The Museum of America and the Sea. Olde Mistick Village and Steamboat Sabino at Mystic Seaport are also within 1 mi (2 km).

          The Whaler's Inn $169
          The Whaler's Inn

          The Whaler's Inn

          20 E Main St, Mystic
             
            4.5
            of 5, from 217 reviews
            3.0 out of 5.0

            Located in the heart of Mystic, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Mystic River Bascule Bridge and Mystic Arts Center. Mystic Seaport - The Museum of America and the Sea is 0.7 mi (1 km) away.

            Mystic's Guesthouse in Historic Downtown Waterfront District!
            Mystic's Guesthouse in Historic Downtown Waterfront District!

            Mystic's Guesthouse in Historic Downtown Waterfront District!

            , Mystic
               
              5.0
              of 5, from 4 reviews
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              Situated in the city center, this property is close to Mystic Seaport, Mystic Seaport - The Museum of America and the Sea, and Charles W. Morgan at Mystic Seaport. Also nearby are Mystic River Bascule Bridge and Mystic Arts Center.

              Walking Distance To Downtown, Seaport, And Aquarium
              Walking Distance To Downtown, Seaport, And Aquarium

              Walking Distance To Downtown, Seaport, And Aquarium

              , Mystic
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0

                Situated in the city center, this property is close to Mystic River Bascule Bridge, Mystic Seaport - The Museum of America and the Sea, and Mystic Arts Center. Also nearby are Mystic Seaport and Steamboat Sabino at Mystic Seaport.

                Holiday Inn Express Mystic $105
                Holiday Inn Express Mystic

                Holiday Inn Express Mystic

                6 Coogan Blvd, Mystic
                   
                  4.4
                  of 5, from 838 reviews
                  2.5 out of 5.0

                  Situated in Mystic, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Olde Mistick Village and Mystic Seaport - The Museum of America and the Sea. Mystic Aquarium and Institute for Exploration and Steamboat Sabino at Mystic Seaport are also within 1 mi (2 km).