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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Antique Vehicle Show

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Usually, Mystic Seaport is a haven for wooden boat lovers. But for one day in late September, antique cars take over. And is it ever a show.

In some arenas, the interpretation of “classic car” is broad enough to include 1950s hot rods and 1970s muscle cars. Not here. You’ll see more than 100 authentic pre-1930 cars, trucks and motorcycles, all in a recreated 19th century seaside village, where they seem to fit right in. The highlight of the day comes at 4 pm, with a Grand Parade of Vehicles. Mystic Seaport is located on 19 gorgeous riverfront acres, so photographers can’t take a bad shot.

If you haven’t been to Mystic Seaport – it’s not another name for downtown Mystic, by the way, but America’s premier maritime history museum – it’s an international must see.  It features four National Historic Landmark vessels, including the Charles W. Morgan, a spectacular tall ship that is the last all-wooden whaleship in existence, and Sabino, a 1909 coal-fired steamer that you can still take on trips up and down the beautiful Mystic River.

Antique Vehicle Show is included with Mystic Seaport general admission, and lasts from 9am to 4pm. Adults (18-64), $28.95; Seniors and college students with ID, $26.95; Youth (4-14), $18.95; Children under 3, free.

There are a couple good places for lunch on the Mystic Seaport grounds: Latitude 41 and the Shipyard Tavern, good if you’re looking for a sit-down break; and the Galley, where you can get kid-friendly entrees like burgers and chicken fingers in an attractive cafeteria-like setting.