Mystic, Connecticut has so many nautical attractions and things to do.
Located on the Mystic River along the Long Island Sound, its nautical history is long and colorful and visitors to the area can get a taste of what life was like when ships and sails ruled the Sound.
Must See Attractions
The Mystic Seaport Museum is much more than a museum; it is a recreated village with authentic ships you can explore inside including a whaling ship.
There is a chancellery, a general store and a pub where you can get some spirits and a bite to eat. If you are planning a visit, give yourself the whole day to explore the Seaport fully.
The Denison Homestead Museum has been in the Denison family since the early part of the 18th century. It is located on 200 acres that encompasses meadows and woodlands as well as period gardens from the 18th century to the present.
You can stroll the 8 miles of nature trails after you tour the house filled with heirlooms of the family. Each room represents different historical periods of the country and the Denison family.
Mystic Aquarium is considered by many to be one of the most loved aquariums in the nation. One of the unique features is Dr. Robert Ballard’s exhibits based on his deep sea adventures and discoveries. There is a wide variety of marine life that includes penguins of North Africa, Stellar Sea Lions and the magnificent Beluga whales.
Voyager Cruises is one way to see the area on the water. You will be a passenger on a replica that is 81 feet long of a schooner from the 19th century called the Argia.
Choose a sunset cruise or one that is half a day. The tours run from the 1st of July until Labor Day. Beverages and snacks are included.
The New London Waterfront Park offers visitors and residents’ five piers and a promenade of one half of a mile. Transient boaters can utilize the free floating docks and for sailboats, there are moorings next to Shaw’s Cove along the park’s southern end.
If you want to see USCG Barque Eagle, a tall ship, you can find it on the stunning grounds of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. There is also a chapel and a museum to explore and if you are lucky you can view cadet parades during specific periods. During the year you can listen to the sounds of the U.S. Coast Guard Band concerts.