Attractions in Mystic

 

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Denison Homestead Museum
120 Pequotsepos Road
Mystic, CT 06355
860.536.9248
www.denisonhomestead.org
In 1654, Capt. George Denison, one of the first settlers of Mystic, CT was granted 200 acres  by Governor John Winthrop Jr. for service to the early militia. Most of his original acreage has been preserved, and has been enjoyed by the community for almost 90 years. This unique house museum allows the visitor to take a glimpse into the life of an American farm family encompassing five different periods of American history at one historic site.

 

icon  Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center
109 Pequotsepos Road
Mystic, CT 06355
860.536.1216
www.dpnc.org
The Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center is a combination wildlife sanctuary, natural history museum, and educational facility highlighting the habitats of southeastern Connecticut. The Nature Center offers a variety of interesting and informative environmental education programs and hikes for all ages, year-round. Our attractions include exhibits in our Natural History Museum, a Nature Center Store featuring gifts and books for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages, and our Nature Preschool. They maintain an interconnected system of hiking trails.

 

Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration
55 Coogan Boulevardmystic-aquarium
Mystic, CT 06355
860.572.5955
www.mysticaquarium.org
Mystic Aquarium offers unforgettable animal encounters, fun interactive experiences, and dynamic learning opportunities for visitors of all ages. Featuring a penguin exhibit, a ray and shark touch pool, and one of the largest outdoor Beluga whale exhibits in the US, Mystic Aquarium is one of the area’s premier attractions. The Institute for Exploration features maps, diagrams, and models from Dr. Robert Ballard’s explorations of the Black Sea and of the wreck of the Titanic.  Don’t miss the daily Sea Lion Show!

 

icon  Mystic Arts Center
9 Water Street
Mystic, CT 06355
860.536.7601
www.mysticarts.org
Mystic Arts Center, a part of the Connecticut art scene for almost 100 years, is a place where culture, tradition, and the charm of small town New England converge. The Center maintains a permanent collection of work by early Society of Mystic artists as an important educational and historical link for the community. Stunning galleries overlook the Mystic River to create a beautiful location for visitors to view pieces from the exclusive permanent collection and purchase unique works of art from changing exhibitions featuring talented local artists.

 

icon   Mystic River Bascule Bridgedrawbridge-by-mk
The Mystic River Bascule Bridge is a bascule bridge, a type of drawbridge with counterweights, that spans the Mystic River. Few bridges are as much fun to watch in operation as this bridge because, unlike many bascule bridges, its mechanical parts are all out in the open. Visitors and locals gather in the middle of town to watch the bridge in action. The Mystic River Bascule Bridge opens approximately 2,200 times per year, with each opening lasting approximately 5 minutes. The opening of the bridge is driven by two motors, each weighing 1,400 pounds. From May 1 to October 31 the bridge opens at hourly intervals, 40 minutes past the hour, during daylight hours.

 

icon  Mystic Seaport — The Museum of America and the Sea
75 Greenmanville Avenue
Mystic, CT 06355
860.572.0711seaport2 by mk
www.mysticseaport.org
Mystic Seaport is a museum that strives to inspire an enduring connection to the American maritime experience. And although it is a “museum,” it’s really a first-rate “experience.” At Mystic Seaport, you can board historic tall ships, stroll through a re-created 19th-century seafaring village, and watch as interpreters exhibit a wide range of skills and talents that truly bring the museum to life. Exhibits and experiences change seasonally.

 

Olde Mistick Village
27 Coogan Boulevard
Mystic, CT 06355
860.536.4941
www.oldemistickvillage.com
This unique shopping experience features more than 60 quaint retail stores in a colonial New England style setting. Open year round, Olde Mistick Village offers a unique shopping and dining experience.

 

Attractions Nearby

 

Nathaniel B. Palmer House
40 Palmer Streetnathaniel-palmer-house
Stonington, CT 06378
860.535.8445
www.stoningtonhistory.org
This 16-room Victorian mansion was built in 1852 by two brothers, Captains Nathaniel Brown Palmer and Alexander Smith Palmer. Majestically sited on a high rise of ground overlooking the upper end of Stonington harbor, “Pine Point” offered sweeping water views in all directions. From its octagonal cupola, the family could identify ships arriving from distant ports. Meticulous craftsmanship of the ornate woodwork testifies to the work of shipwrights. Once threatened by demolition, this magnificent home was purchased by the Stonington Historical Society in 1994 and is now preserved in all its beauty. Memorabilia pertaining to Nathaniel’s discovery of Antarctica and the Palmer brothers’ adventurous lives, as well as other Stonington family portraits, furnishings and artifacts are on display.

 

Old Lighthouse Museum
7 Water Street
Stonington, CT 06378old-lighthouse-museum
860.535.1440
www.stoningtonhistory.org
The Stonington Lighthouse was once the beacon for the many vessels approaching Stonington’s harbor from Long Island Sound. The original 30-foot stone tower, which was built on the Point in 1823, supported a lantern containing ten oil lamps and parabolic reflectors. Its beacon was visible 12 miles at sea. Now, the Old Lighthouse Museum is a testament to the rich and varied history of this coastal region through exhibits depicting the lives of Stonington’s fishermen and farmers, merchants and shipbuilders, pottery makers, blacksmiths, and many other trades. Visitors will enjoy climbing the old iron steps of the tower for an exhilarating view. Shoppers may browse in the gift area for unusual books, toys, and mementos.

 

Attractions a Bit Farther Away

 

Foxwoods Resort Casino
350 Trolley Line Boulevard
Mashantucket, CT 06338
860.312.3000
www.foxwoods.com
Foxwoods Resort Casino is one of the premier entertainment destinations in the Northeast. As the largest resort casino in North America, Foxwoods offers a vast array of gaming in six casinos, hotels, restaurants from gourmet to express, world-renowned spas, awarding-winning golf, state-of-the-art theaters, and exclusive retailers. Perfect for both recreation and business.

 

Historic Ship Nautilus & Submarine Force Museum
1 Crystal Lake Road
Groton, CT 06340
860.694.3558
www.ussnautilus.org
Home of the Nautilus, the world’s first nuclear-powered vessel and the first ship to go to the North Pole, The Submarine Force Museum, located on the Thames River in Groton, maintains the world’s finest collection of submarine artifacts. It is the only submarine museum operated by the United States Navy, and as such is the primary repository for artifacts, documents and photographs relating to U.S. Submarine Force history. The museum traces the development of the “Silent Service” from David Bushnell’s Turtle, used in the Revolutionary War, to the Ohio and Virginia class submarines.

 

Mashantucket Pequot Museum
110 Pequot Trail
Mashantucket, CT 06338pequot museum
800.411.9671
www.pequotmuseum.org
This award-winning museum offers engaging experiences for all ages, from life-size walk-through dioramas that transport visitors into the past, to changing exhibits and live performances of contemporary arts and cultures. Extensive interactive exhibits depict 18,000 years of Native and natural history, while two libraries, including one for children, offer a diverse selection of materials on the histories and cultures of all Native peoples of the United States and Canada. The museum includes an observation tower, restaurant, and gift shop.

 

Mohegan Sun
1 Mohegan Sun Boulevard
Uncasville, CT 06382
860.862.8000
www.mohegansun.com
Mohegan Sun is one of the largest and most distinctive gaming and shopping destinations in the country. It includes Casino of the Wind, with a 42-table poker room and Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville, Casino of the Sky and Casino of the Earth, with a total of over 350 table games and approximately 7,000 slot machines. It also houses the Mohegan Sun Arena, an intimate Cabaret, and a 34-story luxury hotel, featuring 1,200 guest rooms and suites, premier meeting and convention space, and a world-class spa.

 

Napatree PointDSC_0172
Westerly, RI 02891
800.732.7636
Napatree Point, often referred to simply as “Napatree”, is a 1.5 mile long sandy peninsula in Block Island Sound. The Hurricane of 1938 wiped out all the homes that had been built on Napatree. Today, Napatree is a wildlife preserve and a popular public beach. It is a favorite spot for hikers, birdwatchers, boaters, and beachgoers.

 

Wilcox Park
44 Broad Streetwilcox-park
Westerly, RI 02891
401.596.2877 x 334
This historic fourteen-acre park and arboretum, originally designed by Warren Manning (an associate of Frederick Law Olmstead), includes specimen trees, shrubs and display flower beds, a koi pond, dwarf conifer collection, fountain, monuments, flower gardens, and perennial borders. Throughout the year, the park is host to the Summer Pops concert featuring the Chorus of Westerly, free Shakespeare in the Park performances, and much more. It is a jewel of a space located right in the center of downtown Westerly.