Owned and managed by the Denison family since it was first built, the Denison Homestead is a charming manor. Constructed in 1717, the Pequotsepos Manor as it is colloquially known, is a well-preserved historical landmark today and houses precious relics. Every nook and corner of the estate exudes an undeniable historical charm and its picturesque gardens are a marvel to behold. Delighting history buffs and outdoor lovers alike, and surrounded by beautiful environs, the homestead is a must-visit during a trip to Mystic. Tours of the estate are available, and events can also be hosted within the premises.
Enjoying the distinction of being the oldest mill of its kind in the country, B.F. Clyde's Cider Mill catapults visitors to the past and offers a glimpse of life as it prevailed in the 1880s. Located just north of Olde Mistick Village, this popular attraction is best to visit during the beginning of fall when the apples are at their peak and the leaves are turning. Free tours are available and demonstrations are carried out on weekends during the mill's operational season. The facility also offers wine tastings. Drop by this quaint mill and soak in the historic atmosphere while you sip on their renowned cider and munch on savory doughnuts.
The Museum of America and the Sea is a great place to take the kids to teach them about the importance and effects of the whaling industry on the towns dotting the Connecticut shoreline. America's last wooden whaling ship, the Charles W. Morgan, resides at this fascinating living history museum in Mystic, a quaint seaside town about an hour outside of New Haven. Learn about the steps involved in making the perilous trip out to sea for fishing or whaling, admire the historic vessels on display here, and walk down memory lane as you explore a historic seafaring village. Scenes from Steven Spielberg's 1997 film Amistad were filmed here. Visitors can also participate in numerous hands-on activities, making a trip here an incredibly memorable one. The nation's leading maritime museum, Mystic Seaport is a must-see if visiting Connecticut.
Olde Mistick Village is located just off Interstate 95, a short distance from the Mystic Aquarium. This outdoor complex is home to over 40 lovely shops and restaurants that are set in a charming old-world setting of bricked lanes, flower beds and ponds. Visit the family-run R.A. Georgetti Jewelry store, Toy Soldier for toys, La Bottega Italian for imports, Munson's Chocolates, and Bestemors Scandinavian store. Once you’re done shopping, catch a movie at the Olde Mistick Village Art Cinemas with a schedule of Hollywood hits and independent features.
Stretching across the scenic Mystic River, the Bascule Bridge is one of the most famous and recognized landmarks of the town. Dating from the 1920s and designed by Thomas Ellis Brown, this bridge's movable capacity is 218 feet (66 meters) in length and 85 feet (26 meters) in width. Pedestrians as well as vehicles are allowed to access this famous bridge, and a stroll down its remarkable stretch is sure to be a memorable experience. Owing to its noteworthy features, as well as the sights and sounds that surround it, the Bascule Bridge has established itself as an attraction in its own right.
Formerly known as the Mystic Arts Center, the Mystic Museum of Art is a beautiful art gallery overlooking the Mystic River. It provides a base for upcoming artists to showcase their works. Ranging from paintings and photography exhibits to fine art and sculptures, excellent works of art are on display here. In addition to an art gallery, the museum functions as a venue for events. The center also conducts art classes for children and adults alike, with a focus on the basics of painting, photography, and drawing. Drop by to see works by talented artists or enroll in one of the classes to learn more about art.
This public park is located in the heart of downtown Mystic, adjacent to the historic Bascule Bridge. The park features a scenic boardwalk along the river bank, fishing and picnic areas, a small dock, a playground for kids, and a pleasant green; perfect for a little rest and relaxation. Open air concerts are often organized at the Mystic River Park, most notable of which is the summer concert series. Surrounded by the many attractions and charming sights of downtown Mystic, the Mystic River Park attracts locals and visitors in equal measure.
Sabino is a wooden war boat that was launched in 1908 from what was known as the American mosquito fleet. Its historic importance earned it a National Historic Landmark designation in 1992. This small, coal-fired steamboat can be seen at the Mystic Seaport Museum, where visitors can take rides on it over the Mystic River. It is 57 feet (17 meters) in length and requires a crew of three. A quick tour on this ride is like time travel.
Gerda III is a small lighthouse tender which is a property of Museum of Jewish Heritage. Gerda III was built in 1928 and gained historical importance when it helped save the lives of around 300 Jews of Denmark in 1943. When the Nazis attempted to exterminate the Jews of Denmark , Gerda III was used to smuggle the Jews into Sweden. Gerda III now stands at Mystic Seaport, in Mystic, Connecticut, United States. In popular culture, a motion picture, A Day in October (1991) has been based on the story of the tender.
Joseph Conrad is a veteran iron-hulled ship that has traveled more than around 57,000 miles (92,000 kilometers). A ship with a great history, it was originally launched in 1882 as Georg Stage. Further, after sailing as a private yacht, she prepared as a trainer. Today, she stands still as a museum ship at Mystic Seaport, Connecticut. In 1905, Georg Stage sank, taking along 22 men with her. Later however, she was heightened and refurbished to regain her career. A ship of mammoth history and spellbinding beauty, it is a must visit.