Mystic Seaport -- a place Hal had visited in his childhood and had fond memories of. We did about 20% of what was available to do at the Seaport. Highlights included the giant Seaport model, touring the oldest/last remaining wooden ship, watching actors perform Moby Dick, hanging out in the hands-on Science center, hanging out in the hands-on children's museum/house and exploring "where the dead people live" aka the cemetery.
Bo was very into the outdoor theatrics.
Perfect timing, Hello! (A highlight of our dining experience. These were my favorite when I was a kid.)
ED: Mystic Pizza, the restaurant, actually inspired the film. The writer (Amy Holden Jones) was on vacation in Mystic and fell in love with the town (obvs) and from there came the script, centered around Mystic Pizza and two sisters who work there, mainly Kat who is the best. (On and off the screen.)
After dinner, we walked down to the Drawbridge, grabbed ice cream and watched the drawbridge go up to make way for the passing boats. It was something out of a dream, watching that. The kids went nuts and also I went nuts because drawbridges are seriously the coolest. Ever.
We then walked down to the grassy knoll and listened to the concert, danced a little, and watched the light paint the entire town blue...he aquarium, for example.) Perhaps we were there on a magical night, or perhaps it is ALWAYS magical in Mystic, but we had one of those completely "and they lived epic-ly ever after" type of evenings that I will remember always. Even the light felt divine.
Mystic Drawbridge Ice Cream, for example... Thank you!)
Trying to get a family picture
Still trying. (Thanks, Archer.)