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What are some of the fun things to do in Mystic Seaport?

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Some fun activities at Mystic Seaport include touring the old wooden ships, visiting the re-creation of a 19th-century village, visiting the planetarium, touring the gardens and taking in various performances. It is also possible to rent boats and take charter tours on the river.

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Mystic Seaport is home to the Charles W. Morgan, the last wooden whaling ship left in the world. The ship was originally launched in 1841. Visitors can go aboard on tours guided by a docent. The seaport also has a number of other historic vessels that visitors can board, including tugboats, sloops and schooners.

The 19th Century Village is made up of actual surviving buildings from the 1800s that were transported to the Seaport for preservation. The buildings are manned by staff who play characters from 1876. The Treworgy Planetarium has various daily shows. The dome is 30 feet in diameter, and the planetarium has been at Mystic Seaport since 1960.

A number of different gardens are on the Seaport property that feature hundreds of varieties of plants from around New England. There are also regular demonstrations and performances. Some examples are chantymen who perform songs of the sea and the Dead Horse Ceremony, a traditional celebration to mark a sailor's first wages.

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