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Mystic Experiences

Settled in 1654, Mystic was once a shipbuilding seaport village and a safe harbour for tall ships to weather a storm.  Today, the shoreline community with iconic Bascule Bridge is reminiscent of its rich maritime past but clad with quintessential New England charm. Old sea captain’s homes dot the scenic roads along the Mystic River just outside of Downtown’s booming food and drink scene.

Below is a small selection of the tours we can organise for you when you have booked your USA holiday with us and are visiting Mystic.   

Visit a National Historic Landmark that isn’t just a museum. Family-owned and operated since 1881, B.F. Clyde’s Cider Mill is a piece of living history. Every September 1st, the mill opens its doors and sells sweet cider, hard cider, wine, cider donuts, and many local goods. They craft sweet cider and hard ciders the same way that generations before have perfected. Enjoy cider-making demonstrations, wine and hard cider tastings, and the renowned cider donuts while making your own new traditions.

At Clyde’s, take a step back in time and watch the steam-powered press in action. They press as needed, but you are always welcome to take a peek inside and look around the building. In store, theyoffer fresh-pressed cider, renowned cider donuts, and many local and handmade goods. Grab some honey from a local beekeeper, or enjoy caramel apples made by a member of the owners family. On weekends, the mill also offers fresh kettle corn, hard cider tastings and selling the mills original hard cider directly out of the cellar.  

 

B.F. Clyde's Cider Mill Highlights

  • America's last remaining operational steam powered cider mill
  • Enjoy different treats and alcoholic beverages from sweet and hard cider to baked confectionary goods

Explore the seafaring village of Mystic CT, so rich in maritime history, and the surrounding islands from the spacious wooden deck of the sailing ship, ARGIA. Relax as you sail by scenic coastlines and lighthouses or help the crew hoist and trim the sails aboard this elegant schooner.

Mystic Aquarium is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to inspire people to care for and protect our ocean planet through conservation, education and research.

The aquarium strives to foster an interest in and understanding of the science and conservation of the aquatic world through formal and informal programs, written interpretive materials and exposure to living marine animals. The aquarium endeavours to collect, evaluate and disseminate scientific data gathered through investigations and collaborations sponsored by the Aquarium and the scientific community. Such data will advance knowledge of aquatic animal husbandry and aquatic animal biology and behavior and promote a better understanding of our place in nature.

The aquarium promotes the health and stability of natural habitats and the populations of marine life, particularly those of Long Island Sound and adjacent waters. Mystic aquarim also develops techniques that advance the art of live animal display and its role in stimulating interest in the aquatic world.

Mystic Seaport Museum is the nation’s leading maritime museum. Founded in 1929 to gather and preserve the rapidly disappearing artifacts of America’s seafaring past, the Museum has grown to become a national center for research and education with the mission to “inspire an enduring connection to the American maritime experience.” The Mystic Seaport Museum grounds cover 19 acres on the Mystic River in Mystic, CT and include a recreated New England coastal village, a working shipyard, formal exhibit halls, and state-of-the-art artifact storage facilities. 

A stroll through the historic village enables visitors to experience firsthand from staff historians, storytellers, musicians, and craftspeople just what life was like to earn one’s living from the sea.The Museum’s 41,000 square-foot Collections Research Center (CRC) offers exceptional physical and electronic access to the more than 2 million artifacts. The collections range from marine paintings, scrimshaw, models, tools, ships plans, an oral history archive, extensive film and video recordings, and more than 1 million photographs. To share the experience this physical record represents, Mystic Seaport employs a diverse staff of scholars, librarians, historic interpreters, educators, scientists, musicians, and skilled artisans.

 

Experience the rush of TreeTrails Adventures as you swing through the trees of our thrilling Connecticut adventure park. Discover the excitement of climbing and zip lining above the forest floor with your family, friends, co-workers or teammates. Your two hour experience includes navigating bridges, zip lines and swings made from wood, cable and rope. We’ll ensure you have the right gear and safety equipment and instructions to have a memorable, fun and safe adventure. Be ready for an experience you’ll always remember as you go climbing and zip lining in CT at TreeTrails’ fun outdoor adventure park in Mystic.

Treetrails Adventures Highlights

  • Variety of adventure courses that vary in difficulty level and height
  • Safety and training briefing given before each adventure course session
  • Courses include zip lines, bridges made of cable and rope, and netted tunnels that are suspended between platforms built around trees and poles.

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