Three staple attractions in Mystic, Connecticut, are Mystic Seaport, Mystic Aquarium and Olde Mistick Village. Argia Mystic Cruises takes tourists down the Mystic River and around Fisher's Island Sound. The town's seaside location means that visitors have access to a wide assortment of seafood cuisine.
Part of the tourist appeal of Mystic comes from its status as an old sea ship community. Mystic Seaport, a maritime museum, preserves some of this heritage through its collection of old seafaring items and a display of America's oldest commercial ship still afloat, the Charles W. Morgan. This ship dates back to 1841, and it took part in some of the great whaling enterprises of the period. Visitors today can still walk the decks of the ship and explore its inner chambers. Mystic Seaport has a planetarium that provides regularly scheduled presentations on astronomy and the relationship between the stars and navigation at sea.
Mystic Aquarium has several displays of sea life, including African penguins and Beluga whales. It houses a 4-D theater and cafe. The creators of Olde Mistick Village built the town to mimic a New England seaside community from around the year 1720. The period-style buildings house speciality shops, restaurants and art cinemas.