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Winter’s aweigh at Mystic Seaport in two weeks

By Mystic Seaport

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Mystic, CT - Mystic Seaport celebrates its reopening with Winter’s Aweigh, a day of special activities on Saturday, Feb. 18. Kids will be admitted free (ages 17 and under).

Winter’s Aweigh will feature ice sculpting demonstrations, games of long ago on the village green (weather permitting), free horse and carriage rides, special music performances and merrymaking, storytelling, and working dog demonstrations by the Newfoundland Dog Club of New England.

Visitors are invited to get creative in the Winterscapes Open Art Studio in the Museum’s Schaefer Gallery. They can work with a resident artist to create a temporary mural, design their favorite winter scene in a shadow box, or create an old-fashioned silhouette.

Hot drinks and snacks will be available for purchase from Coastal Gourmet. Also, Latitude 41° Restaurant will offer free meals to kids with the purchase of one adult entrée (Kids ages 10 and under; meals limited to the kids’ menu). The offer runs through Sunday. Feb. 26.

Winter’s Aweigh kicks off the Museum’s annual Liberty Days program during February school vacation. Mystic Seaport will offer the free youth admission promotion through Sunday, Feb. 26. The Museum will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

Visitors are invited to take part in the following Liberty Days activities:

· See the 1841 whaleship Charles W. Morgan from a kid’s point of view

· Free planetarium shows

· Build a wooden toy boat ($5 fee)

· Explore a sailor’s sea chest

· Other special kids’ activities, art projects, music programs, and storytelling happening throughout the week

Additionally, visitors can explore the Museum’s 19th century seafaring village; climb aboard historic vessels such as the Morgan and the 1921 Gloucester fishing schooner L.A. Dunton; and learn about the music of the sea in the new exhibit, “Neptune’s Orchestra.”

The Kids’ Free Admission offer at Mystic Seaport is not transferable. No other discounts apply.

For more information, please visit

About Mystic Seaport

Mystic Seaport is the nation’s leading maritime history museum. Founded in 1929, it is the home to Four National Historic Landmark vessels, including the 1841 whaleship Charles W. Morgan, the oldest American commercial vessel still afloat. For more information on hours and ticketing, please visit

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