Mystic Seaport Museum

The quaint coastal village of Mystic in Connecticut is one of my favorite places to visit. There are so many fun things to do, so it’s a perfect destination for a day trip (or even a weekend stay)!

One of my favorite place to visit is the Mystic Seaport Museum. I have been visiting there for years, so often that my parents gifted me a membership. There’s something there for everyone of all ages.

One of the bonuses about going to the Seaport is that I can bring my Dalmatian. I go there often to take a stroll around the grounds with my Dalmatian and enjoy the beautiful scenery of Mystic River. If you go to the shipyard at the Seaport, you can see the bascule bridge that’s located in downtown of Mystic. The Mystic River is gorgeous in the autumn with the trees changing colors. The reflection of its colors on the river’s water just enhances the beauty of Mystic.

The beginning of the fall foliage peak on the Mystic River. Mystic Seaport offers sailing classes!

The beginning of the fall foliage peak on the Mystic River. Mystic Seaport offers sailing classes!

Mystic Seaport Museum is known for their 19th century seafaring village, the shipyard, and sailing ships. Each of the building in the village is set up as an exhibit. The exhibits portrays all the craftsmen and trades that contributes to ship building. It is very interesting to learn about what all goes into building a ship. The shipyard is where it all happens, the constructing of a ship. There is always a ship there that is being restored. There is an observe deck near the ship that is being restored so you can watch the volunteers at work. It amazes me to watch them work!

There are many sailing ships at Mystic Seaport to tour. The Charles W. Morgan ship is a favorite of mine. It is the oldest surviving wooden whaling ship from the 19th century. I watched it go under a multi million dollar restoration project in 2010, it was very fascinating to follow the progress. I followed it closely up to the day it was re-launched into the Mystic River. That day was a very memorable event. Thousands of people came out on their boats on the river or stood among the Mystic River to see the ship sail. I stood near the bascule bridge when I saw it sail down the Mystic River to embark on the voyage around New England seaports for the summer. There was a lot of pride for the Seaport community that day! It is currently docked at Mystic Seaport so I highly recommend you to check it out.

My Dalmatian enjoying the sunset at the Seaport. This is the spot where you can see the downtown bascule bridge!

My Dalmatian enjoying the sunset at the Seaport. This is the spot where you can see the downtown bascule bridge!

The Mystic Seaport Museum hosts many events throughout the year. A favorite of mine is the Wooden Boat Show at end of June. I attend the event annually! It shows a collection of beautiful traditional and classic wooden boats. The festival is usually all weekend long, so there is plenty to do. There are demonstrations and performances to see, special tours of wooden boats, and vendors/exhibitors.

Where do you go if you’re hungry during the Seaport tour? There’s a 19th century tavern called Spouter Tavern (inspired by Moby Dick) that is on the grounds of Mystic Seaport. The menu has chowder, salads, and sandwiches. I love sitting outside of Spouter Tavern which gives me a riverview lunch. I definitely recommend a cup of delicious New England clam chowder!

Joseph Conrad the full rigged ship can be seen from Charles W. Morgan whaling ship.

Joseph Conrad the full rigged ship can be seen from Charles W. Morgan whaling ship.

You can visit Mystic Seaport Museum at 75 Greenmanville Ave Mystic, CT 06355. The website is www.mysticseaport.org.

This is not a sponsored blog. All opinions in this blog are my own.