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Mystic Seaport: Museum of America and the Sea, Connecticut


Founded in 1654, Mystic was once the shipbuilding capital of New England. Now its Seaport is home to the largest maritime museum in the United States. Check out the authentic nineteenth-century village that features 30 restored buildings, including a bank, chapel, drugstore and lighthouse. At the Discovery Barn, play old-fashioned card games and learn how captains used flags to communicate at sea. Enjoy the 30-minute children's show "Tales of a Whaler" that teaches the basics of whaling. Sail along the Mystic River on the 102-year-old Sabino, one of the world's oldest coal-fired wooden steamboats, or observe ship restoration up close in the Preservation Yard.

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