Things to Do & Must-See Attractions in Connecticut
As one of the oldest commercial ships in the United States, the whaleshipCharles W. Morgan is a living testament to the legacy of the American whaling industry. The ship—now a National Historic Landmark—is among the most popular attractions at the Mystic Seaport Museum and a must-see historic attraction for visitors to coastal Connecticut.
Recognized as one of the oldest (and largest) natural history museums in the world, theYale Peabody Museum of Natural History is home to an impressive collection of dinosaurs, as well as permanent exhibits that showcase human evolution, Egyptian history, Native American artwork and a wide array of birds and mammals. Several labs and learning stations are connected to the building, which has been at its current location since 1925.
Visitors say the vast museum is the perfect place to spend a rainy afternoon, or enjoy a hands-on learning experience with kids. And while the paleontology halls are truly remarkable, travelers agree the Mayan exhibits and life-size dioramas are pretty spectacular as well.
Please note: The museum closed for renovations in June 2020. Construction is expected to last for three years.
On the banks of Connecticut’s historic Mystic River, Mystic Seaport Museum is the nation’s leading maritime museum. Founded in 1929, it is home to four vessels with National Historic Landmark status. Visitors can explore more than 19 acres along the river, including a re-created 19th-century seafaring village and a working preservation shipyard.
An intimate performance lounge with all front-row seating, the Mystic Dark Room offers unique entertainment experiences. The lounge’s program changes throughout the year, hosting everything from adults-only entertainment to holiday spectaculars such asThe Nutcracker and family favorites includingThe Little Mermaid.
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