Explore our Two-Day Tour of Mystic Country
From historic towns and seaports to casino destinations, there’s so much to see and do in Mystic Country. To help you plan your trip, we’ve provided this handy guide showing the best places to explore throughout the area.
Day 1 | Option 1 | Ships Shores
Stop #1: Visit the Mystic Seaport Museum, a 19th-century living history museum and exhibits that offer rare insight into past eras and distant cultures.
Stop #2: Explore one of the nation’s top 15 aquariums, Mystic Aquarium, at Mystic,explore the renowned rehabilitation program for stranded sea animals.
Day 1 | Option 2 | Walkable new England Coastal Towns
Downtown Niantic: Park and stroll through this pretty coastal downtown. Visit unique boutiques and dine in one of the 25 restaurants. Book lovers will want time to explore the Book Barn, Connecticut’s out-of-the-ordinary used bookstore with more than 500,000 books at its three locations. Sit ocean side at Hole in the Wall Beach, walk the Niantic Bay Boardwalk or head to sea for a fishing excursion aboard the Black Hawk. For adventure hardy travelers, Three Belles Marina offers kayak rentals. Stay at the Inn at Harbor Hill Marina, Niantic. Major chain hotels and casino hotels are also nearby.
Historic Downtown Mystic: This vibrant coastal town was made famous by the movie Mystic Pizza. It is within walking distance of Mystic Seaport Museum (a water shuttle is available in season) and is where you can board the Argia for a day or sunset sail during warmer seasons. Stroll this historic town brimming with unique shops, art galleries and restaurants. Look for the famous Bascule Bridge that opens for boat traffic hourly in warm weather. Walk down River Road for a healthy stroll. The view of Mystic Seaport is magical. Stay at the Whaler’s Inn or Steamboat Inn, both are located in Historic Downtown Mystic. The Taber Inne is just outside the downtown area. Chain hotels are available as well.
Stay the Night and Other Nearby Options
Stay the night in historic downtown Mystic or one of the other near by hotels nearby.
Other Nearby Options
- Submarine Force Museum and Historic Ship Nautilus, Groton
- Lyman Allyn Art Museum, New London
- Ocean Beach Park, New London
- Fort Trumbull State Park, New London
- Custom House and Maritime Museum, New London
- U.S. Coast Guard Academy and Coast Guard Museum, New London
Day 2 | Option 1 | Off The Beaten Path
Stop #1: Visit the world’s largest Native American museum at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum in Mashantucket. They offer 4 acres of interactive exhibits. Be sure to go up in the tower to see an expansive view of the surrounding woodlands that is especially dramatic during the fall. Follow National Scenic Byway Route 169 from Lisbon off I-395. This road winds you through quintessential New England countryside and leads you to the next stops.
Stop #2: Prudence Crandall Museum, Canterbury. Explore this National Historic Landmark and State Archaeological Preserve. It was on this site that Prudence Crandall, Connecticut’s Official State Female Hero, founded the first academy in New England for African American women in 1833.
Lunch and Shopping in Downtown Putnam
Stop #3: Take in the beauty of the Roseland Cottage in Woodstock, built in 1846 in the newly fashionable Gothic Revival style. This period-decorated house depicts the life of the Bowen’s, a wealthy family, who spent summers in the home. Of special note are the gorgeous parterre gardens, the icehouse and the nation’s oldest surviving bowling alley.
Day 2 | Option 1 | Walkable New England Country Towns
Historic Downtown Putnam: Visit this reviving and thriving former mill town. Park and walk through shops that include craft sellers, boutiques and antiques dealers. Restaurants to suit all budgets dot the downtown area. The Bradley Playhouse is downtown for theatre right after dinner. Walk the beautiful river trail for added exercise. Stay at the Comfort Inn in Dayville, the Inn at Woodstock Hill or Mansion at Bald Hill, both in Woodstock.
Lebanon: Explore this walkable town of a different nature. This 300 year old town was home to early American settlers and hosts a mile-long town green surrounded by buildings that have connections to the Revolutionary War. Stop in at the Lebanon Historical Society Museum and Visitor Center for a map and information. The Revolutionary War Office is not to be missed.
Trails and Other Nearby Options
Mystic Country Casinos: Mystic Country’s casinos offer 24/7 action and entertainment off the beaten path. Shopping, dining, dancing and gaming are all part of the experience at both destinations. Both casinos offer overnight lodging and spas.
Other Nearby Options
- Connecticut Audubon Center, Pomfret
- Grassland Bird Conservation Center, Pomfret
- Logee’s Greenhouses, Danielson
- Florence Griswold Museum, Old Lyme