A SchoonerFest special at the Seaport

Mystic Seaport will offer half-price adult admission and admit all children age 17 and younger for free on Thursday, Sept. 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, Sept. 11, and moves to New London on Friday, Sept. 13.

The stop at the museum will highlight the educational programming offered by the participating schooners. In addition to the museum's 1931 schooner Brilliant and the National Historic Landmark L.A. Dunton, at least 10 boats are expected to tie up on the waterfront.

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

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