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Mystic ConnecticutMystic is a historical seaport village situated on the Mystic River in New London County, Connecticut, on the upper east coast of the United States. Location of the 1988 film Mystic Pizza, starring Julia Roberts, the village is a popular New England tourist destination with much to offer in terms of things to see and do. Though small in actual area, the village contains the nation’s largest maritime museum, Mystic Seaport, which was created in 1929. This museum is home to over 500 watercraft, including the Charles W. Morgan, the country’s only surviving wooden whaling vessel. Visitors can climb aboard ships in order to experience a taste of life at sea, view the large exhibit of maritime art, tour the ship restoration yard, or walk around a recreated 19th-century version of a seafaring village, which houses a number of original historic buildings. Another popular attraction is the Mystic Aquarium and Institute for Exploration. This facility is home to a wide variety of marine life, and it boasts one of the nation’s largest beluga whale exhibits. Visitors can also participate in special "encounter programs," where they are allowed to get "up close and personal” with several marine species, including penguins, sting rays, sharks, and beluga whales. In addition, the aquarium offers several 3-D movies that allow one to “explore” the depths of the sea from the comfort of dry land. Also of interest is the Mystic River Bascule Bridge, a drawbridge which can be both observed as it opens and closes to allow boats to pass through and walked across in order to visit the shops and restaurants on both sides. Cruises along the river are a popular activity for tourists, with short day rides and longer evening trips to choose from.

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