The Village of Mystic, Connecticut is located in the towns of Groton and Stonington in the southeast corner of the state 10 miles east of New London. Almost equidistant from Boston and New York City, Mystic is located off I-95 and serviced by Amtrak and several bus lines.
Originally settled by the Pequot, the tribe was ousted from the Mystic River area by English settlers in the 1640s. Narragansett and Mohegan tribes disputed rights to the land, which was also claimed by settlers from both the Massachusetts Bay Colony and the Connecticut Colony. The boundary disputes were resolved peacefully between the colonists, while the Narragansett and Mohegan tribes were nearly wiped out by epidemics. Villages developed along the Mystic River early in the 18th century. Between 1784 and 1919, more than 600 vessels were constructed along the river. The maritime trade declined after the Civil War due to the introduction of steam power and metal shipbuilding.
Easily accessible from exit 90 off I-95 a few miles south of Mystic, Mystic Seaport is actually the largest maritime museum in the country and a popular tourist attraction. Conceived in 1929, the founders’ goal was to create a dynamic, educational institution to preserve America’s maritime culture and inspire future generations.
Today, the museum comprises 19 acres and three major elements: a village depicting authentic 19th century coastal life complete with historic ships, a working shipyard dedicated to preservation, and galleries of exhibits. Over its history, the Museum has acquired over 1 million maritime photographs, nearly 500 vessels that include Tall Ships, and approximately 2 million other maritime artifacts.
The museum features many “must see” attractions. The Charles W. Morgan is the country’s last wooden whaler and a National Historic Landmark. A 19th century fishing schooner, the L.A. Dunton, is another notable attraction and National Historic Landmark. The preservation shipyard gives visitors the opportunity to see craftsmen restore wooden ships using historic techniques. The one-of-a-kind Smithship Shop survives from the whaling industry. The Figureheads Exhibit, one of the most popular permanent collections, features extraordinary wood carvings.
Mystic Seaport offers something for the whole family, including horse and carriage rides through the museum’s gardens, boat rentals, a planetarium, and a children’s museum. For a change of pace, the Mystic Aquarium, located several miles away, is another popular destination.
Mystic Seaport Weather
With average temperatures ranging from 63 degrees Fahrenheit to 81 degrees Fahrenheit, July is usually the warmest month. January is typically the coldest month, with temperatures ranging from 20 degrees Fahrenheit to 38 degrees Fahrenheit. July is the driest month of the year with 3.31 inches of rain on average, while November is the wettest with an average of 4.51 inches of precipitation.
Current Mystic Weather
Chance of Rain57°/48°