Growing up in a Navy family the ocean was never far from our house. As such you learn about maritime traditions even above and beyond those of the military.
One of our day trips was to the town of Mystic, Connecticut to visit Mystic Seaport, a historically recreated coastal community featuring tall ships, exhibits and museum-grade displays.
There are a dozen or more similar ports along the eastern seaboard, but this is a must-see.
Plus it has the coolest name this side of Edgar Allen Poe.