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 donuts.
This tribal-owned and operated museum is housed in a striking building designed by famed architect James Stewart Polshek. Permanent and temporary exhibits focus on 300 years of Native American artistry and history. Don't miss the replica of an ancient Pequot village, replete with life-sized models and sound effects. The gift shop carries splendors from all Native American tribes. Expect at least an hour drive from New Haven and call the toll free number or check the Web site for directions. There is a shuttle to the museum from the Foxwoods Casino.
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.
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.
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.
The off-shore New London Ledge Light was built in 1909 and has been operated by the United States Coast Guard since 1939. This little brick lighthouse is one of the most iconic structures in Connecticut, sitting at the mouth of the Thames River. Many are aware of the lighthouse thanks to paranormal television programs, like Most Haunted and Ghost Hunters, who have traveled to this outpost in search of the building's most famous tenant, "Ernie." Whether or not Ernie exists is up to you, but you might not want to be out at the lighthouse by yourself after dark.
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.
Mystic's quaint, serene aura has stirred the souls of many a wanderer and traveler, its seaside charm drawing visitors in droves. While the town in its entirety is a delight to explore, Mystic's beating heart is undoubtedly its Downtown, an area bustling with vintage cafes, friendly eateries, boutiques and souvenir stores, and an array of versatile establishments. Stroll down the colorful streets and soak in the atmosphere of local flair that cloaks the vibrant expanse. There is something for everyone here, and the area also serves as a starting point for several tours that enable visitors to immerse themselves in the history and heritage of Mystic. Opportunities for outdoor activities abound, with boat and bike rentals available just around the corner.
Brilliant is a schooner located at the Mystic Port in Connecticut. It was built in the year 1932 on City Island, Bronx. It was originally built as an ocean racing yacht. It crossed the Atlantic Ocean within 15 days on its maiden voyage. It was later acquired by the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II, when two machine guns were loaded on the yacht. After being sold to a sailor post the war, it is currently owned by the Mystic Port since 1957, and used as a classroom and part of watercraft collection.
Popularly known as one of the oldest surviving commercial fishing store, the Emma C. Berry was a well equipped smack. This well also consists of a place for storing the fishes caught. The smack was designed to keep the fishes alive once they were caught, this area was known as a wet well.