Plan a Field Trip
Mystic Seaport provides a springboard for meaningful, integrated learning experiences that offer varied opportunities for addressing the Common Core State Standards. Students at all levels can access and gather information from primary sources, investigate topics, analyze, integrate, and present information in many forms.
At Mystic Seaport you can choose from self-guided tours, guided Museum tours, planetarium programs, and additional on-site programs that include: roleplayer programs, chantey programs, music on the Morgan, steamboat Sabino rides, and horse and carriage rides.
Your Day at Mystic Seaport
To help in your planning process we have provided a few sample agendas for your day. Please keep in mind these are just samples; you can “mix and match” activities as you like. We can tailor your day to fit your needs!
Sample Day #1
Group A: Guided Tour 10-11:45 a.m., Lunch 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. (brown bag or purchase at our on-site restaurant), Planetarium Show 1-1:30 p.m., Depart by 2 p.m.
Group B: Planetarium show 10-10:30 Lunch 10:45-11:45 a.m. Guided tour 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Depart by 2 p.m.
Sample Day #2
Guided tour 10:30-12:15 a.m., Lunch 12:15-1 p.m., Chantey program 1:15-2 p.m or Sabino ride (30 minutes) Depart by 2 p.m.
Sample Day #3
Guided tour 10:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Lunch 12:15-1 p.m. Explore on own 1-2 p.m. Depart by 2 p.m.
Sample Day #4
Planetarium show 10-10:30 p.m. Self-guided exploration 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Lunch 12-1 p.m. Roleplayer program 1:15-2 p.m. Depart by 2 p.m.
Our Day at Mystic Seaport
Fourth-grade teachers Emily Noyes and Allyson Lubs from West Broad Street School in Pawcatuck share their Mystic Seaport experience:
“The excitement builds as we share with our students about our upcoming field trip to Mystic Seaport. Upon arrival, students take turns cycling through three hands-on activities to help them understand life in the 1800s in a whaling/fishing village: carving using tools and advice from a woodcarver, helping to make rope after a visit to the sail loft, and taking turns on the anvil and bellows to make an iron hook or nail in the shipsmith. Students build knowledge, ask questions and make connections, with help from Museum teachers.
After a leisurely lunch on the central green, we make suggestions to chaperones and allow the students to choose how to spend their remaining time on the grounds of the Museum. As a small group, students get to go to exhibits that are their favorites or visit a place that they have more questions about.
Our visits are always thought-provoking and lead our students to want to learn more about maritime history!”