Summer Day Camps

Junior Explorers Summer Day CampWith many day camps to choose from, boys and girls ages 4 to 16 get a kids’-eye-view of maritime history as they explore Mystic Seaport, take part in hands-on activities, play unique games and create fantastic craft projects. Your children have the opportunity to discover the secret lives of sailors, learn what life was like at port, meet the citizens of Greenmanville and investigate the superstitions of the sea. Summer Day Camps at Mystic Seaport are unique and exciting camps your kids will never forget!

All of our programs are licensed by the State of Connecticut and are staffed by experienced Museum educators. Extended daycare is available.

2016 Summer Day Camps

Camps are offered Monday, June 20 through Friday, August 19, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (drop off: 8:30-9 a.m., pick up: 4-4:30 p.m.).

Aftercare is available Monday through Thursday until 5 p.m., except for the Junior Explorers camp and the joint camps with the Pequotsepos Nature Center. Aftercare is $40 per child for all four days.

Junior Explorers — 4- and 5-year-olds

This high-energy, fast-paced program features hands-on activities in exhibits and ships, unique games and fantastic craft projects. Campers will travel the universe on Star Day, explore the ocean deep and the Mystic River on Sea Critter Day, discover the secret lives of sailors aboard ships on Jack Tar Day, and much more.

  • June 20-24, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. (drop off starts at 8:30 a.m.) – This camp is sold out. 
  • August 15-19, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. (drop off starts at 8:30 a.m.)

Registration: member $165 / non-member $190

NEW! Wind, Wheels, and Wagons — 5- and 6-year-olds

This is a camp for children who love boats, trucks, bikes, and seeing how these things work. Campers will see how transportation has changed over time and check out vehicles from different eras. Children will also be able to climb aboard fishing boats and sailing ships, explore a historic firetruck, and take a horse-and-carriage ride. Campers will also build their own toy boats and race them against each other and delve into the different ways that people and things move from place to place, while playing fun games and working on fantastic craft projects.

  • July 4-8

Registration: member: $290 / non-member: $325

Seaport Sampler — 6- and 7-year-olds

This camp allows children to dive into the history and excitement of Mystic Seaport. Campers will get a kids’-eye view of the last wooden whaling ship in the world, the Charles W. Morgan; see the stars in the Treworgy Planetarium, and get their feet wet exploring the critters that live in the Mystic River. Children will enjoy getting hands-on in the Museum’s exhibits and making wonderful crafts to go along with all they have seen. The week is capped off with a boat ride on the Mystic River.

  • June 27-July 1

Registration: member: $290 / non-member: $325

Playing the Past — 6- to 8-year-olds

Children will go back in time to learn how young Victorian girls spent their days. They will visit the Museum’s one-room schoolhouse and then try their hand at the games these young ladies would have played at recess. Campers will learn to make homemade dolls and paper crafts, explore the Museum’s 19th-century village, and stop by one of the houses for a sweet treat baked in a hearth kitchen.

  • July 11-15

Registration: member: $290 / non-member: $325

Arts Around the World — 7- and 8-year-olds

This is a special hands-on program in the arts to learn about countries and cultures around the world. Each day, campers will “travel” to a different area of the world and make fantastic art projects, as well as explore the Museum’s unique exhibits.

  • August 1-5

Registration: member: $290 / non-member: $325

Serpents, Secrets, and Sailors’ Superstitions — 7- to 9-year-olds

This camp will explore secrets, sea monsters, and superstitions of the sea. Campers will examine the facts and fiction of mermaids, ghosts, and shipwrecks, based on survivors’ sightings and scientific research. Additional activities will include art projects and hands-on activities in exhibits.

This camp is sold out. To place your name on a waiting list in case of cancellations, please call 860.572.5322.

  • August 8-12

Registration: member: $290 / non-member: $325

A Sailor’s Life — 8- to 10-year-olds

Campers will discover the secret lives of sailors as they roleplay different types of sailors each day. Activities will include learning sailor’s crafts, practicing simple seamanship skills aboard the Museum’s historic vessels, and cruising the Mystic River.

  • July 18-22

Registration: member: $290 / non-member: $325

Earth, Water, and Skies: Joint Camp with the Nature Center — 8- to 10-year-olds

In this joint camp with the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center, campers will learn how life on land and life at sea are interconnected. Children will find their way through the woods and across the oceans using compasses and following the stars. At the Nature Center campers will test their orienteering skills, meet animals, and investigate the food webs that link the land and sea. At Mystic Seaport they will explore navigation, life in a coastal town, and how the marine world connects with the terrestrial world.

  • August 1-5 (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at Mystic Seaport; Tuesday and Thursday at the Pequotsepos Nature Center)

Registration: member: $305 / non-member: $355

Farm and Sea: Joint Program with the Nature Center — 8- to 14-year-olds

A joint camp with the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center. The morning will focus on the history of Coogan Farm. This will include exploration, hands-on activities at the farm, and participation in the Giving Garden. Campers will eat lunch before coming to Mystic Seaport where they will learn how to sail in JY15 sailboats in the afternoon (weather permitting).

  • June 13-17
  • July 11-15 This camp is sold out. To place your name on a waiting list in case of cancellations, please call 860.572.5322.

Pre-camp available at Nature Center from 8:15-9 a.m.; registration required for pre-camp, otherwise
drop-off is 9 a.m. Drop off is at Coogan Farm; pick up is at Mystic Seaport.

Registration: member: $350 / non-member: $400
Register through Mystic Seaport, 860.572.5322, ext. 1, but registration for before-camp hours is separate and handled through the Nature Center 860.536.1216.

Girls of Long Ago — 9- and 10-year-olds

Campers will discover discover what opportunities girls had in the 1800s and what their daily lives were like. Children will get to try their hand at 19th-century cooking and housekeeping, learn to handsew, make old-fashioned accessories for the home, and explore the medicinal nature of the Museum’s gardens. This camp will also share the real stories of young women who lived aboard sailing ships.

  • July 25-29 This camp is sold out. To place your name on a waiting list in case of cancellations, please call 860.572.5322.

Registration: member: $290 / non-member: $325

Mystic River Adventure with Mystic Aquarium — 9- to 12-year-olds

A joint program with the Mystic Aquarium summer program. At the Aquarium (8:30 a.m.–12 p.m.) your child will learn about the animals and habitats of the Mystic River and Long Island Sound. After lunch (12-1 p.m.), campers will travel to Mystic Seaport for a sailing adventure (1-4 p.m.). This program will provide your child the unique opportunity to see the Mystic River from above and below.

  • June 20-25
  • July 25-29
  • August 8-12

Registration: member: $375 / non-member: $425
To register, call Mystic Aquarium at 860.572.5955, ext. 520.

NEW! From Earth to the Stars: An Astronomy Camp with the Nature Center — 10- to 12-year-olds

Join us for an adventurous week making connections between the Universe and Earth. At the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center, campers will spend time exploring how the Moon, Sun, and stars connect to navigation, time, animals, and lifecycles in nature. At the Museum’s Planetarium, campers will explore the universe, see constellations, and investigate the reaches of outer space.

  • July 18-22 (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at the Pequotsepos Nature Center; Tuesday and Thursday at Mystic Seaport)

Registration: member: $305 / non-member: $355
To register, call the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center at 860.536.1216 or visit

Growing Up in Greenmanville — 11- to 13-year-olds

This camp is for children who have always wanted to learn about the past by living it. 1876 is an exciting year full of nostalgia for America’s colonial past as well as visions of the future. Campers will investigate the families, manners, and pastimes of the girls who lived in 1876 Mystic.

Both camp sessions are sold out. To place your name on a waiting list in case of cancellations, please call 860.572.5322, ext. 1.

  • July 11-15
  • August 8-12

Registration: member: $345 / non-member: $385

NEW! Navigating the Mystic River — 11- to 13-year-olds

Campers will learn how to navigate on land and at sea in this camp. Children will spend the mornings with the Museum’s planetarium staff, learning about the night sky and how to use various nautical instruments to navigate and find their way. In the afternoon, campers will move onto the river to learn and refine basic sailing skills in small boats. All sailing instructors are fully licensed by the US Sailing Association.

  • June 27-July 1

Registration: member: $290 / non-member: $325

Living the History: The Girls of Greenmanville — 14- to 16-year-olds

In this program campers will learn about first-person interpretation by researching and adopting personas of young women living in Mystic in 1876. From exploring 19th-century documents to donning an outfit in the Museum’s characters’ wardrobe, campers will understand how girls became women in 1876 and how little difference there is between young women then and now.

  • July 25-29 This camp is sold out. To place your name on a waiting list in case of cancellations, please call 860.572.5322.

Registration: member: $345 / non-member: $385