Among the most appealing places is the picturesque village of Mystic. Located within the towns of Groton and Stonington, this village takes its name from the sparkling waters of the Mystic River. The river flows through the entirety of the village, and can be crossed in the center over the Mystic River Bascule Bridge.
Mystic is known for housing the country’s largest maritime museum. Called the Mystic Seaport, this museum works to preserve many ancient sailing ships including the noteworthy Charles W. Morgan whaler. Also shown at the seaport are the Joseph Conrad Ship, the LA Dunton ship, and the Sabino steamer. In addition to the old ships, the museum watches over many old seaport buildings, encouraging visitors to imagine what the coastline looked like years ago.
This area is also well known for its use in Steven Spielberg’s Amistad, and the famous Mystic Pizza restaurant that inspired the creation of the well-known film. The Mystic Seaport also offers visitors a Planetarium experience, to include an open sky experience to go along with the open seas.
Maritime fans will also enjoy the village’s offer to take people on a traditional ship ride. Built within the last 30 years, but designed in the 19th century fashion, the Argia is a large schooner created to entertain tourists in the area. It is named after a mythical water nymph, calling sailors, and tourists, into her massive boughs.
Another water based attraction is found at the Mystic Aquarium and Institute for Exploration. Here visitors can explore nature as few have the privilege of doing; from underneath the water! Explore the vast range of tanks and pools displaying a diverse collection of incredible sea creatures. Most popular in the collection are the multiple beluga whales housed within the aquarium.