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Mystic Seaport Beckons History Buffs

5 minutes read Aug 07,2017
Image featuring Mystic Seaport in Connecticut

Take a trip to charming New England and visit Mystic, Connecticut, a whimsical coastal village with plenty to do. This area offers everything from museums to music nights, so you'll find a little something for everyone. The Mystic Seaport Museum of America and the Sea is New England's largest maritime museum, offering an experience that's paramount for any history buff. Visitors can stroll aboard vessels of the past, like the Charles W. Morgan, the world's last wooden whaling ship.

Head over to Seaport Village, a recreated 19th century seafaring hamlet that's part of the museum. This bustling village brings the past to life, as it's comprised of dozens of buildings staffed with storytellers, musicians and craftspeople. When you hear their tales of the past, you'll understand how the maritime lifestyle of yesteryear has shaped life today.

One example of the past shaping the present is the history of navigation. Before the advent of modern technology, ship captains used the nightly expanse of stars, planets, and heavenly bodies to navigate ships. Experience it for yourself at the Treworgy Planetarium, a local establishment where you can view a representation of the night sky projected onto the surface of a 30-foot diameter dome.

Nineteen acres of gardens, trees and shrubs are included in the museum, with a significant number of the plants being heirloom varieties. All of the botanicals are labeled, an aspect that makes the gardens educational for visitors. The experience is family-friendly, and kids will enjoy the Children's Zoo Garden, featuring a variety of amusingly-named plants, like elephant ears, to inspire future gardeners.

After exploring Mystic by land, you can explore it by sea. Historic boats are available for touring and riding, with ride lengths from a few hours to overnight charters. With plenty to see, you can spend all day in this historic haven!

Sun Outdoors Mystic

Located just minutes from the town center, Sun Outdoors Mystic is an East Coast retreat in the lush forests of Connecticut. Enjoy a dip in the heated swimming pool or some friendly competition at the miniature golf course.

Packed with activities, this resort offers a little bit of everything. Anglers can go fishing at the pond, while health conscious guests can head to the fitness center or enjoy volleyball, bocce ball, or pickleball. You can also gather the family together for movie nights, painting and other planned activities.

Head downtown and explore the shops and restaurants of Mystic. Sample the legendary "secret recipe" at the original Mystic Pizza, made famous for the 1988 movie titled after its namesake, or enjoy staple restaurants like Engine Room, serving up mouthwatering meals in maritime settings. There are also a variety of niche shops like Mystic Disc, home to a great selection of unique and unusual items. So, pack up your things, put on some tunes, and book your trip to Sun Outdoors Mystic today!