Mystic

Connecticut
A Lively Town with a Rich History

Following a history of maritime activity, Mystic, Connecticut has transformed from an old shipbuilding town to a seaside getaway with fantastic modern marine services. Dock at The Mystic Seaport or the Brewer Yacht Yard, which are walking distance from town.

A small-town tinged with nostalgia, Mystic remains true to its heritage by offering a variety of marine-themed adventures. From the famous Mystic Seaport museum to the aquarium and charters on the Mystic River, this quaint city is a destination you don’t want to miss.

Although the costumed interpreters populating the replicated Mystic Seaport village may live in the past, historic downtown Mystic has endless modern shopping and dining opportunities. Enjoy upscale seafood blended with South American flavors on the water at S&P Oyster Company. If casual and family-friendly are more your style, don’t miss a trip to Mystic Pizza, made famous of the 1988 movie starring Julia Roberts. Wind down the evening with dessert at “Mystic Drawbridge Ice Cream,” serving homemade ice cream that is to die for.

Mystic, Connecticut is the perfect spot for a family vacation, accommodating children of all ages. Locate the big dipper in the planetarium, experience the sailor’s life at the children’s museum, or listen to stories by the villagers of Mystic Seaport, brought to life from the past.

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Mystic Seaport Museum
Covering 19 acres of the Mystic River shoreline, this famous museum is home to nearly 500 historic watercrafts, a million photographs, and 2 million artifacts. Visit the 1841 Charles W. Morgan, the oldest commercial vessel still afloat in America, the preservation shipyard, and the planetarium, which provides lessons on celestial navigation. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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Mystic River
Kayak or Paddleboard Mystic’s 3.4 mile river, or fish on the edge of Mystic River park. Water equipment is available for rent at Paddle Mystic.
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Historic Downtown Mystic
Ride a free community bike or walk along the bustling streets of Mystic. This town has brand-name stores with brands such as Lily Pulitzer and Black Dog to specialty shops unique to Mystic, including Knotwork, which sells hand made nautical bracelets, or Adore, where you can find irreplaceable gifts and treasures from around the world.
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The Mystic River Bascule Bridge
Operating with two massive counterweights suspended 50 feet in the air, Mystic’s drawbridge openings are a town-wide spectacle. The bridge opens 40 minutes past every daylight hour from May 1 to October 31.
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Prudence Harbor Cruises
Take a guided cruise on Prudence, the coastal steamer that holds the record for longest running ship in America. The tour is 2 hours and covers historic locations, including </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mystic Seaport, the Bascule Bridge, Mason’s Island, Bartlett Reef Light, Ram Island, and Fishers Island.
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Mystic Aquarium
Features New England’s only beluga whale exhibit. Stop by to see African penguins, seals, seal lions, and Jellyfish, and experience the Deep Sea theater ride in 3D.
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Mystic Pizza
56 W Main St, Mystic, CT 06355
860-536-3700
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Mezza
45 Williams Ave, Rte. 1, Mystic, CT 06355
860-415-4656
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Frank’s Gourmet Grille
56 Whitehall Ave, Mystic, CT 06355
860-415-4666
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S&P Oyster Co
1 Holmes St, Mystic, CT 06355
860-536-2674
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Annual Woodenboat Show at Mystic Seaport
Mystic Outdoor Art Festival
River Jam Festival at Mystic Shipyard
Taste of Mystic
Nearest Airport
Green International Airport (PVD)
Coordinates
41.3543, -71.9665
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