Tour 20 Details
Mystic Seaport & Submarine Force Museum (Connecticut)

 

We will start our tour at 7:00 am in midtown Manhattan, 8th Avenue between 33rd and 34th Street (by Duane Reade) DON'T BE LATE! Come 15 minutes early to sign in.

You will be greeted by your tour guide for the day. You will sign our liability waiver, and after departure a light breakfast will be served on board the van.

The Submarine Force Museum (Home of the USS Nautilus)
On this tour we will drive to Connecticut. We will first visit the Submarine Force Museum which is administrated by the United States Navy, here you will find what is probably the finest collection of submarine artifacts in the world at the Submarine Force Library and Museum.

 

The museum has 33,000 artifacts (not all displayed) including the USS Nautilus, midget submarines from World War II, working periscopes, a submarine control room, models of submarines, and the museum also has a library with around 20,000 documents and 30,000 photos related to the history of submarine development.

 

The prized possession of the museum is the USS Nautilus, this is the first nuclear-powered submarine in the world and the first ship to go to the North Pole. Launched in 1955 and decommissioned in 1980, you can take a self-guided audio tour of the submarine and explore the spaces where the crew worked, ate, slept, and entertained themselves on their long voyages far beneath the ocean's waves.

 

 
Mystic Seaport
We will then drive to Mystic Seaport. Mystic Seaport is the largest maritime museum in the United States. Spread over 19 acres, you can Discover American maritime history first hand at this open-air museum as you climb aboard tall ships, stroll through a 19th-century coastal village, explore exhilarating exhibits and watch a working preservation shipyard in action.

 

19th-Century Village
Stroll through the streets of a re-created 19th-century village, comprised of more than 30 trade shops and businesses from the 1800s. These are real historic buildings, transported from locations all around New England. You will find maritime trades such as ship smiths, coopers, woodcarvers and riggers. Even the streets will take you back in time, as you encounter historians, musicians, and storytellers. You can also ride in a horse carriage. (Nominal additional cost)
 
 
Demonstrations, Performances and Craftspeople
Throughout Mystic Seaport you will find historical interpreters who exhibit a wide range of skills and talents. You will watch interpreters play music of the sea while others demonstrate maritime skills. You will encounter role players who stroll the grounds in full costume as townspeople of a 19th-century maritime village.
 
 
 
 
 
You can also observe historic vessels being restored in a Preservation Shipyard. Watch as skilled craftspeople use traditional methods and tools to restore the Charles W. Morgan, the last wooden whale ship in the world.
 
 
 

Climb aboard another era
At Mystic Seaport there are many rare and historic boats you can climb aboard. Mystic Seaport is home to four National Historic Landmark vessels. Including the world's last wooden whale ship and many other historical fishing vessels.
 
 
 
You can also get out on the water and cruise with a historical steam or sail boat, (Additional charge) or you can rent a historic wooden rowboat or small sailboat.

 

 
Exhibits and Galleries
At the Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport, view the finest examples of contemporary marine art by award-winning artists who celebrate the beauty of ships under sail.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Treworgy Planetarium
Step inside the Treworgy Planetarium and learn about celestial navigation using the stars, planets, and heavenly bodies of the season. Explore the permanent lobby exhibit that details19th-century navigation.

We will drive back to NYC.

Arrival back to NYC at approximately 7:30 pm.

Hines Tours reserves the right to alter the itinerary, plans and arrangements for the tour, if in the judgment of Hines Tours it becomes advisable to do so.

WHAT TO BRING AND WEAR ON THE TOUR:

ID: Please bring a valid government issued identification. (Adults only)

CLOTHES: According to the weather. We will be by the water it could be windy.

WATER: In a plastic bottle, especially on hot days. Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration.

CAMERA: With extra memory/film is highly recommended.

CASH: For lunch, souvenirs and gratuities for the guide which is left to your discretion.

On this tour we do NOT include lunch, within the property of the museum/village there are 3 restaurants and one cafe/bakery. Please read more here: Click

   

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