Walk back in history thanks to America’s largest maritime museum, Mystic Seaport, a recreation of a 19th-century seafaring village spread out over 17 acres. Includes a living museum, depicting coastal life in 19th century New England, a waterfront featuring tall ships and historic vessels open for tours, a restoration shipyard, where shipwrights restore antique vessels using traditional methods and tools and a series of exhibits and galleries. Nice shops and restaurants on site. Plan to spend at least a half day or more to fully enjoy all the spectacular attractions.
Living history museum, located off Rte 114, adjacent to Colt State Park. Set on 48 acres with an heirloom garden and animals roaming freely on the premises, the museum depicts life on a 1790’s farm. Exhibits are interactive. History doesn’t stand still here and neither will you. Open year round 10 to 4, closed Mon.
Tel: (401) 253 9062
Once the country’s number one whaling ports, New Bedford inspired Herman Melville to write and set the story of ‘Moby Dick’ and is now home to the world’s largest museum of its kind. Established in 1903, the museum displays the most outstanding collection of American whaling and maritime history. Highlights include an 89ft half-scale replica of a square rigged whaling boat and a 66ft blue whale skeleton. An interactive exhibit showcases whale’s and other sea mammals’ lives and way of communicating. Open 7/7, 9am-5pm, during summer.
Tel: (508) 997 0046
Superb Whaling Museum operated by the Nantucket Historical Association, a favorite local attraction, featuring a 46ft sperm whale skeleton, a candle factory replica from the 19th century, a collection of whaling tools and a rigged whaleboat. Shop for scrimshaw, Nantucket lightship baskets, books, souvenirs and toys. Open Thurs-Mon 11am-4pm.
Tel: (508) 228 1894
Offers unique tours of Cape Cod, filled with history from the first settlers to nowadays. Owner/operator Jim Ruberti has a high-topped, luxury van with provisions, and also provides shuttle service to the airports. Tel: (508) 775 5940 Cell: (508) 360 7840 [email protected] www.capecodatyourservice.com