Get to Mystic in time for lunch and then a visit to the Mystic Aquarium, several highly enjoyable attractions at one site. At the aquarium, there are sea lion shows, dozens of African penguins on parade, beluga whales and of course the wonderful indoor tanks. And then there’s Exploration Wild, a stirring, newly opened tour of the world’s most captivating habitats – Rainforest, Arctic, Wetlands, Desert and Open Ocean.
Every new season brings fresh perspectives to the Connecticut shore – and lots of ways to enjoy fan-favorite Mystic and its many attractions. Here’s a Getaway that takes in destinations that will become treasured memories for you and your family.
As an option, you can start off Day 2 with a lovely fall hike through the 300-acre wooded preserve at Denison-Pequotsepos Nature Center. On eight miles of trails, you can look for whatever the natural world offers up at this time of year.
Whatever you do, be sure to save plenty of time for Mystic Seaport, a 19th-century maritime village along the banks of the Mystic River. Climb aboard the beautifully restored 1841 whaler Charles W. Morgan to get an idea of what life was like during the golden age of sail, rent a rowboat or sailboat or walk along the re-created seaside village. There are demonstrations and performances related to maritime life, and exhibits and galleries to see. For kids, there’s a children’s museum, discovery barn and playground.
Finally, set aside time to stroll Mystic’s Main Street. In season or off, there are places to see, including the ups and downs of the Mystic River bascule bridge. Do you like fudge? Nearby Olde Mistick Village is a good place to get some, and to do other sorts of shopping as well.