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Mystic Seaport to Offer Special Discount for CT Schooner Festival

Half-Price Adult Admission; Children Free after 3 p.m. on September 12

Mystic, Conn. (September 4, 2013) — Mystic Seaport will offer half-price adult admission and admit all children 17-and-under for free on Thursday, September 12 as part of the inaugural Connecticut Schooner Festival. The special discount begins at 3 p.m.

The festival is a collaboration of Mystic Seaport and OpSail Connecticut to celebrate the region’s maritime heritage. The five-day event begins at Mystic Seaport on Wednesday, September 11 and moves to New London on Friday, September 13.

The stop at the Museum will highlight the educational programming offered by the participating schooners. In addition to the Museum’s 1932 schooner Brilliant and the National Historic Landmark L.A. Dunton, at least 10 boats are expected to tie up on the waterfront.

“The festival is a great opportunity to explore the variety of outstanding programs offered by the schooner community today, and to see a gathering of exceptional boats,” said Mystic Seaport President Steve White.

The New London portion of the festival will feature family fun and entertainment including ship visits, dockside music concerts, The Great New London Chowder Challenge, and other activities. As with schooner festivals elsewhere, the Connecticut event will feature a race on Fishers Island Sound on Saturday, September 14. Prime viewing can be had from New London’s Ocean Beach Park.

A complete schedule of activities is available at CTSchoonerFest.com.

About Mystic Seaport

Mystic Seaport is the nation’s leading maritime museum. Founded in 1929, the Museum is home to four National Historic Landmark vessels, including the Charles W. Morgan, America’s oldest commercial ship and the last wooden whaleship in the world. The Museum is located one mile south of Exit 90 off I-95 in Mystic, CT. Admission is $24 for adults and $15 for children ages 6-17. Museum members and children 5 and under are admitted free.