Details for Mystic Seaport Museum and Docks
Name

Mystic Seaport Museum and Docks
Position

Display in The Interactive Cruising Guidebook
Average rating 4.8 stars from 47 reviews

Address 75 Greenmanville Ave
Mystic, CT 06355

Phone860-572-5391

After hours contact

860-572-0711

Facility type

Marina - YES
Club - NO
Fuel - NO
Repair - NO
Municipal - NO
Other - YES
Other info: Maritime Museum

Notes

Make your reservations early, dock space sells out quickly, especially on the weekends. Yacht Clubs and other groups are welcome.

VHF channel

09,68

Web sitewww.mysticseaport.org

Email contact

docks@mysticseaport.org

Owner, manager



Harbormaster



Dockmaster



Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - YES

Payment info



Payment discounts

Dockage rates are reduced for Mystic Seaport Members to $3.25 per foot. In addition, all boaters are eligible for the Frequent Boater Cards buy 4 nights in one season, and get the 5th one free. Reduced rates for Brewers Preferred Green and Gold Members. Additional deals after Labor Day, check with the dock office.

Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Seasonal

Additional info: May through October.

Approach

Bascule bridge opens 40 minutes after the hour. Make sure you contact them on VHF 13 or they won't open.

Tide

3

Current

Strong

Tide & current additional info



Depths

Approach: 12
Transient dockage: 11
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info:

Dock typesWood - YES
Concrete - YES
Floating - NO
Fixed - YES
T/Alongside - YES
Other - YES

Additional info: There are a variety of docks to accomodate different types of vessels. Slips are located behind the shipyard. The dock office provides fenderboards for the granite bulkheads. The CCA Dock is a wooden pier at the north end of the museum.

Size restrictionsLOA max: Unknown
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:

Slips

Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: $4.50/ft (2014-11-10)

Other price info: Dockage is $3.25 per foot if you are a member of the museum. Membership starts at $125.00 per year. Members receive 1 night free for every 4 nights.

Moorings

Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info:

AC power30 amp - YES
50 amp - YES
100 amp - YES

Additional info: 50 amp and 30 amp service is available. 2 100 amp docks are available.

Pricing info: Electrical is built into dockage price. No additional electrical charge.

Cable TV (and pricing)

No

Phone hookup (and pricing)

No

Water (and pricing)

Yes - On the piers.

Dinghy access

Yes - The dinghy dock is at the north end just beyond the last dock.

Liveaboard info



FuelGas: NOT AVAILABLE
Diesel: NOT AVAILABLE

Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:

Propane



Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: Pets are welcome to walk the grounds on a leash. Must pick up after them.

Disability access



Launch service



Pump out

Yes - Mystic River pump out boat can be hailed . Pump out dock is about 30' long, but you have enough room for a larger boat. Located on the south side of complex, by the shipyard. No charge.

Ice

Yes - Cube Ice available during dock office hours.

Trash

Yes - Recycling available.

Showers

Yes - Very nice and clean

Heads

Yes

Laundry

Yes - Laundry is located in the south end behind the yellow shed as you enter the shipyard. There is one washer and one dryer. Each load is $1 in quarters. The laundry area is a bit scuzzy and the machines are tired but they work.

Grocery

Yes - Daily shuttle to McQuades Grocery. Sign up at the dock office.

Hardware

Yes - Daily shuttle to West Marine. Sign up at the dock office.

Restaurants

Yes - Many nearby and on the museum grounds.

Bars

Yes - Many nearby and on the museum grounds.

Hotels or motels

Yes - Many nearby.

Repair capabilities



Haul out capabilities



Storage facilities



Fishing supplies



Chartering capabilities



Internet access

Excellent Beacon WiFi. Marina provides a free wifi password or if you have previously registered with Beacon it will also work.

Boat ramp availability



Transportation



Other services



Attractions



Reviews for Mystic Seaport Museum and Docks
Night in the Museum!, 2016-08-08
Captain: , Westport CT (280)

Stayed at the Seaport twice this summer...once with MTOA and once on our own with guests...both times it was a great visit! Very cool to be in the Seaport after it closes...the old ships, village, etc. are great. Dock staff was first rate...docks are old fixed piers but the staff has fender boards and was very helpful. We Uber'd to town and walked back...both worked and there are some great palces to eat along the river. Only two negatives were the wifi does not work at all and the fixed piers are not dog friendly...but staying in a 19th century seaport more than made up for it.



The Way to See the Museum, 2016-07-30
Captain: , Charlottesville (265)

This is definitely the way to see the museum. We were a little skeptical of the seawall, but the fender boards they supplied work well; exposed to the river but only traffic were sailing dinghies and their tour boat. It was great to have access to the museum after hours, and the town is easily walkable (although provisions are a little further away). There were newer showers on the extreme north end of the museum near the new wing they are building %u2013 fine with private stall for changing but not air conditioned. WiFi unusable without our Island Time, but then very fast. The bridges were easy to manage, but the RR bridge does close frequently so leave some time for that and the highway bridge waited past the usual opening time for the Museum schooner.



A step back in time!, 2016-06-01
Captain: , Branford ,CT (180)

This is a top notch living nautical history lesson! the many fine exhibits and the knowledgeable staff make it happen like no where else. The dock staff was also very helpfull and on the ball.The only negative was the showers were dirty and in need of a update!
We have visited the past two years again on Columbus Day weekends and the only complaint I have is the showers/bathrooms need updating.
Memorial Day weekend 2016 and this is still a five star location and Greg is an excellent dock master!!! We will return again and again!!



Mystic Seaport Museum Docks, 2015-09-02
Captain: , Scarsdale, NY (190)

Plenty of room at the docks on the north end, helpful and friendly staff. Fender boards supplied. Join the museum to take advantage of dock discounts and spend the time to see this wonderful museum. Enjoy the quiet time after hours, when the grounds belong to visiting boaters. We kayaked from the museum down to the highway bridge, a great way to see the museum's collection of boats and the rest of the river traffic. Navigation requires patience. Honor all the buoys up the long, twisty channel, and time your travel in and out -- the railway bridge is open except when trains are due, and the bridge operator will respond to radio calls on 13 to let you know when that is. The highway bridge operator may not respond, but the bridge opens right on schedule at 40 past the hour. This visit is time well spent.



Take a trip back in time, 2015-08-13
Captain: , Ft. Lauderdale (1134)

The museum is unique and well worth the cost of the visit. Staff is generally knowledgable and helpful. You have the museum grounds to yourself after hours. Be sure to have a mat to wipe sand and stones off your shoes when returning to the boat.



Great Place! O'Day rOnDAYvous 2015, 2015-08-12
Captain: , Brookhaven, NY (366)

Although it is a bit pricey to dock, I had a wonderfull weekend with fellow O'Dayers. Staff were super helpful, let them know you're coming and they're eager to help. Stayed on the north side, and as noted earlier, no Wifi. Great place for a day or two, short walk to Mystic Pizza and other attractions in Mystic outside the museum.



Stay in a museum, 2015-07-18
Captain: , Jacksonville Fl (1520)

Interesting place to stay in the middle of a historic seaport. Buy a membership (150.00) and save on dockage, it will take a few days to see everything and spend some time visiting the town. Due to construction, WiFi is down on the north docks.



Great place for kids and adults, 2015-07-01
Captain: , Baltimore (180)

Seconds to all the other wonderful reviews. Museum admission for all crew on the boat (@$25 a pop) is included in the otherwise steep dock fee. Worth every penny.



A great destination location, 2015-06-27
Captain: , Niantic, CT (564)

Friendly staff. We were tied up along the granite wall dock with the rest of our yacht club members for a rendezvous. The grounds are spectacular. Dog friendly. Easy walk or dinghy ride to downtown Mystic. Will definitely return again. If staying more than 1 night, the membership is worth the price.



An excellent experience, 2014-09-14
Captain: , Norwalk (273)

Mystic Seaport is a wonderful open air museum with a marina. The location is beautiful and the marina and museum staff are very cheerful, helpful and the restaurant Latitude 41 is the icing on the cake. Be aware of the bridge opening times but for the rest the approach through the channel is very picturesque. We highly recommend this stop over.



Everyone should visit Mystic Seaport, 2014-08-08
Captain: , Middle River, MD (192)

We were able to get in late in the afternoon without reservations on a Wednesday. There appeared to be quite a few openings at this time.

The dock attendent was helpful. And of course the museum itself can't be beat. Unfortunately for us, we arrived late and had to leave the next day so only got to experience the museum while open for a couple hours. However, walking the place after hours was a treat.

Bathrooms and showers were clean. Ice was cheap. Power and water are included at the dock along with free wi-fi. There is a coin operated washer and dryer (and more showers) all the way on the other side of the museum by the boatyard.

The online boaters guide is wrong. Departure must be before the 11:40 bridge, not the 12:40 bridge. There is no longer a courtesy shuttle (and apparently the shuttle only existed for one year, years ago). And the dock office closes at 17:00 not 19:00. I think you can still arrive after hours, but without dock hand assistance, by checking in with security.

A short cab ride away is a good grocery store, West Marine, and liquour store.



One of our Favorites, 2014-07-29
Captain: , wickford, R.I. (222)

This is a very different kind of marina facility - actually on the mueseum grounds and fees include full access. Great to spend a couple of days and liesurely explore the museum and Mystic which is in walking distance or better a dingy ride. Need to time the bridge openings or you'll be hovering in the river. Takes about 45 min to 1 hr. from the sound along the no wake route.
Good restaurant on site as well.



A Great Place, 2013-10-31
Captain: , Mt. Sinai, NY (243)

We have been visiting here for 12+ years, it never gets boring. The kids love having the run of the place at night. Plenty of good food in downtown Mystic as well. Plenty to see and do up by I-95 as well. Over all a great value since the museum entry fee is included in the very resonable dockage.



Delightful Stop, 2013-09-28
Captain: , New York, NY (470)

Stopping at Mystic was much easier than I expected. The channel/Mystic River is well marked, deep, simple to navigate, and delightfully scenic. The bridge coordination is easy (be ready to pass at 20 minutes to the hour and give them a call on CH 13.) The dock is wide open and easy to approach. The super helpful staff will be there to help you tie up and rig fender boards that they provide. Once you are secured to the dock, there is the whole Mystic Seaport to explore, which is infinitely interesting and charming. Downtown Mystic with a plethora of restaurants and shops etc. is a short walk away. The whole experience was wonderful. Download and read the Boater's Guide from the Mystic Seaport website.



So Much to See, 2013-09-03
Captain: , East Hampton, NY (70)

We have stayed here numerous times and every stay has been wonderful because of this unique location. It is especially entertaining with families. The facilities are minimal, yet fixed pier dock space is ample with generally easy access. Almost every boat is a transient, which adds to the friendliness at the docks.

The Seaport Museum has world class permanent and periodically updated exhibits. The nearby (less than 2 miles away) aquarium is a pleasant surprise. Downtown Mystic, which is a 20-minute walk, offers some very good restaurants and decent shops that expectedly charge resort-level prices given the seasonal business climate.



one our favorites, 2013-08-23
Captain: , staten island (511)

the 1st place we ever ventured to was mystic, the staff was a great help,that was 2 seasons ago last year we went same great time and we expect to make a trip again this year , great grounds ,town and trip .... We highly recommend



Excellent!, 2013-08-19
Captain: , Niantic, CT (327)

The O'Day Mariner 50th Anniversary Rendezvous took place here August 9-11, 2013. Despite the rather high fee, it was worth it - the dock staff was extremely courteous and was ready and waiting by the docks to help tie up 17 boats all at once. With all the other boats they had to attend to, they made us feel right at home and checked several times throughout the weekend to make sure we had everything we needed. While the shower facilities at the South End are not as nice as the facilities at the North End, showers are showers, and they served their purpose. It was a pleasure to stay there amidst all the historic boats and atmosphere, of course - nothing can beat it. All participants in the Rendezvous had an exceptional time, thanks in large part to the Seaport's staff!



Great Place, 2013-07-10
Captain: , Southold (80)

We spent the night and had a great time with the family.
Well worth the stop over, will return!



Worth the slip fee, 2013-06-24
Captain: , Wilmington, DE (101)

Stay five nights and get the fifth night free. We joined as members so it paid for itself on this one trip. The dock hands were very well organized to get you to your slip and set up their own fenderboards against the fixed dock pilings. Helpful and friendly, it seems all these employees love their jobs and it shows. The museum is a national treasure and it was a priviledge to stay here. Latitude 41 and the bar on the grounds are very good as was S&P, Voodoo Grill and Oyster Club in town. A&P Liquors has a great selection. We cannot wait to return.



Great Sailing Instruction, 2012-11-14
Captain: , Pilots Point (466)

It's all been said by the previouis posts, but let me add what a good job they do with their sail training programs. I took my first lessons there which they run in their sheltered cove on JY 15s and, I think, the Dyer Dhows too. About 15 minutes in front of the blackboard and then into the boats, About 10 student boats and 2 dinghies racing around offering instruction. Do parent child courses as well.

One more thing: anytime is a good time to go to the Seaport, but the Wooden Boat Show is spectacular.



Mystic Seaport Museum, 2012-09-10
Captain: , London (40)

For some reason, the Mystic Seaport Museum gives foreign flagged vessels a free night docking and free entrance to the museum. This has got to be the best deal on the whole east coast of the USA. Normally they charge $4.50 per foot, which would have cost us a staggering $190 per night.
The museum is fantastic. They have re-created 19th-century coastal village with historic ships, a working preservation shipyard and formal exhibit galleries. There%u2019s so much to see and do here. In the %u201Dvillage%u201D there are various buildings set out with equipment that would have been used in the 1800s %u2013 the ones that caught my attention was the fully working rope making shop, the rigging shop, the sail loft, the printing shop and barrel making shop. In addition, there are demonstrations of old techniques %u2013 want to know how a whale was harpooned or a rope made? There are members of staff in each of these areas, who are very helpful and informative. This is not to mention the numerous historical ships that have been preserved or are in a state of restoration. This is a MUST see place




One of our favorite stops, 2012-09-06
Captain: , Annapolis (264)

We joined the seaport and spent 3 nights at the docks. There's so much to see and do. A short walk to town and there are many good restaurants. When approaching the seaport, go through the train bridge about 10 minutes before the lift bridge is scheduled to open (40 mins past the hour.) We went through too early and the train bridge closed trapping us for about 1/2 hr!
Seaport has only one washer/dryer at the west end of the grounds--not great if you have several loads!



A must see for sailors, 2012-09-03
Captain: , Michigan City (349)

Mystic is where we chose to document our boat, so this was a must for us. We stayed 8/13, 8/14 and 8/15/12 with the last night being due to violent thunderstorms. Dockage was competitive since it included complete access to the Mystic Seaport Museum and boat yard. So many things to see and do, you almost need 2 days to get it all in.



One night free dockage for foreign vessels, 2012-07-24
Captain: , Sydney, Australia (90)

We had not heard of this free night before so it was a surprise. Free dockage includes access to the Museum park for two days. Checkout is MD. Worth phoning ahead for vacancies. Also free water and pump out. Coin laundry within the park, showers and toilets. Staff very helpful. We draw 7' and had no problems at dead low tide.



Membership pays, 2012-07-17
Captain: , Red Lion, DE (712)

12-07-14 Stayed here two nights, our 2nd time here. Dockmaster didn't think they could accommodate us for a 2nd night until I mentioned that we wanted to renew our membership. Membership has its advantages! Two years ago it got us a 3rd night here. But regardless of how many nights you get to have a tie-up, membership is well worth the $, and we highly recommend it.



Mystic takes you back in time, 2012-06-18
Captain: , Boca Raton (40)

Spent one night at Mystic and loved the seaport. Getting up/down the river can require waiting at two bridges. Very helpful staff. We tied up alongside a granite wall with pilings and the staff provided fender boards and great assistance with the lines.



Wonderful Historic Atmosphere with Charm, 2012-06-13
Captain: , Westbrook, CT (453)

We went for Memorial day commissioning of our yacht club. The Seaport personnel were wonderful, the accommodations (docks, showers, etc) great, and touring the seaport to see the history and marine artifacts is a huge plus. A bit expensive for someone who only wants a dock and shower, but the museum makes it worth while.



Oozes of Sailing Heritage - its Great, 2012-06-08
Captain: , Midland Ontario (660)

A unique destination that let's you see and touch the lifestyle of an old seafaring port . A great destination that we hope to return to often.



History and convenience, 2012-03-09
Captain: , Pawtuxet Cove, RI (272)

We have been members for years and a weekend in Mystic at the Seaport is always a treat. Convenient to everythng and a tour of the Seaport is always interesting and fun. Everything in Mystic is an easy walk. Plan ahead it fills fast in the summertime.



Gorgeous Area, 2012-01-26
Captain: , Wrightsville, NC (270)

The seaport is a must see for any mariner worth his weight. If you are in this area take advantage and enjoy your history lesson.



A wonderful Experience and a good deal, 2012-01-18
Captain: , Apponaug, Rhode Island (274)

I necer get tired of the history and charm of the Mystic Seaport. If you purchase specific membership levels, the fee will cover one nights dockage and give you a years access to the seaport. It is great to be ablle to walk in the seaport after hours and see security dressed up in period uniforms. If you have a dingy, you can use it to get to town. Both the marina and thee town have dingy docks that are easy to use.



Not Just for Kids, 2012-01-15
Captain: , Huntington (455)

We try to visit at least every other year. They do change the exhibits and the permanent ones are worth revisiting. Easy walk into town which has some solid restaurant options like Bravo. Boat trips are about getting away from the normal day to day and Mystic takes you back in time.



Pricey, but worth it., 2011-10-23
Captain: , Austin, Texas (140)

The Seaport is one of the premier museums od seafaring in the world, and deserves all the support any mariner can offer. Besides, being able to wander the gruonds after hours is worth the cost all by itself. The facilities - showers, heads, docks - are immaculate, as well. A must see stop for thode interested in maritime history.




Absolute Must, 2011-10-07
Captain: , santa barbara (696)

Narrow and twisty channel up the river and two bridges - but all well marked (be sure to follow carefully) - inner bridge opens once per hour so best to coordiante the time.
Dock at Mystic was fixed, fenderboards were provided, power was good. Pricing for one night is a bit high but we were given second night free as well as passes to the Museum and permitted to walk the grounds after hours. Believe Museum members may get docking discounts. There is security but there was never a feeling that it was needed. Museum is a must, what a treasure.
Fairly short walk to town, good eateries and numerous shops including a consignment "chandlery" which is almost like a museum!



A trip back to the 19th century, 2011-07-24
Captain: , Boston (610)

Spent one night here recently and loved the seaport. Getting up/down the river can require waiting at two bridges though. The dock master staff are very helpful. We tied up alongside a granite wall with pilings and the staff provided fender boards and adept assistance with the lines.



Great time for young and old., 2011-07-17
Captain: , Rock Hall, MD (242)

The staff is very helpful, assisted with the fenderboards to keep us of the pilings, called for our pump out. We enjoyed Latitudes restaurant for dinner and the museum exibits and grounds. Walked into town for some shopping. Only downside is shower facilities are a hike from the dock.



Great Museum grounds., 2011-07-02
Captain: , Solomons, MD (1290)

6/20/11 Got a space at the dock @ 4.50 ft. including admission. 6/20/11 $3.99A bit pricey for a one night stay however we enjoyed the stay. Walked and saw exhibits during the day and then walked the grounds again in the evening when everything was closed. Laundry was at the other end of the park, so we did not use it. Restrooms were clean. Got gas on the way out @ $3.99..good for that time @ Mystic River Marina on the portside.



One of the best places to go back in time., 2011-05-17
Captain: , bear, de (364)

The highlight of our trip to the area. The grounds are amazing, and if you become a member at the right level you get a free night. The travel up the river was beautiful. A port well worth visiting.



Walk Back in Time., 2011-01-18
Captain: , New York Harbor (495)

I visit every year. The best part of mooring here is that after the museum closes you can walk the grounds.
It is like an episode of THE TWILIGHT ZONE. Very cool.



Favorite spot, 2010-09-29
Captain: , charleston (761)

This has become one of our favorite marinas. We were here three days with one night free dockage. Great deal. Staff friendly and more than helpful. Exhibits could keep you busy for days. Bulkhead dock is the best -- steps away from the grass and all the charm of the museum.



A "Must" At Least One Time, 2010-09-09
Captain: , Barnegat NJ USA (610)

I had not visited here in perhaps 25 years, but am certainly glad I did so this time. The facilities and staff are extremely accommodation, and the exhibits are worth at least two days touring. Expensive, yet a tremendous value.



Wonderful Trip, 2010-08-05
Captain: , Sag Harbor, NY (605)

Taking a trip here is like using your boat as a time machine! You are docked right in the heart of a 1800's port town. The stone wall that you tie to is a little scarry at first, but Rich and company do an excellent job helping you in and providing fender boards to prevent any damage to your boat. Besides the restored village, it is a easy walk north to the aquarium (1 mile) or south to the town of Mystic (.75 mile) where there are a number of good places to eat and drink. The seaport has nice clean facilities for the boaters and you have the whole place to yourself after 6:00PM, when it closes to the public. The only consideration in getting to or leaving is the draw bridge at Mystic Main St. It only opens once an hour at x:40. The RR bridge is normally open, unless there nis a train scheduled to use it.



Good Value, 2010-01-05
Captain: , Orange (50)

If you stay the night, your slip fee includes twenty four hour a day passes to the grounds for all on board. Coming by car will cost $24.00 per person. Coming by boat can be cheaper than by car if you have enough people on board.

If you join the museum you get even a better deal.

Aside from being a museum, this is also an active shipyard. Shipwrights and craftsmen are working on all aspects of the preservation and restoration of our maritime history. The ship yard is also open to visitors.

There is more to see here than you can do in one day.




Great place to visit!, 2009-08-12
Captain: , Miami, fl (3544)

unique experience, great displays and a pleasure to visit. would have given 5 stars if they had more slips with 50amp service.



A unique sailng experience, 2009-06-27
Captain: , Three Mile Harbor, East Hampton, NY (30)

There is really nothing like Mystic Seaport in the United States. When you dock here, you are surrounded by incredible boats and boating related displays, and after hours, when only the visiting yachtsmen have the run of the place, it is like being in a 19th century sailing town -- in fact it is being in a 19th century sailing town. I only regret we did not allow more time. Navigating here it is just north of the lift birdge in Mystic, which opens at :40 every hour during the day.



Mystic Seaport, 2008-07-03
Captain: , Richmond, TX (87)

Great place to visit. July, 2008 they were offering 40% off second day of dockage to members. Member benefits are worth the price and you are supporting a great institution.
Only one washer and dryer for transients but all else is fine. Fender boards (supplied by Mystic Seaport) make docking easy and safe.



Tie up to history, 2007-07-11
Captain: , Milford CT (648)

The docks are fixed but the seaport has fender boards.
Boaters get free run of the seaport after normal hours. This is a very special place to dock. The views are fantastic. A short dinghy ride to town and eat at the famous Mystic Pizza

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