Sightseeing at the Mystic River Bascule Bridge
Sunset over the scenic coastline of the Long Island Sound
A calm day at a Mystic Seaport harbor marina
Charming houses lining a village street
Casual outdoor dining along the Mystic River
A rowing outing in the Mystic River
Historic lighthouse in Mystic Seaport
Gazing at a playful beluga whale in the Mystic Aquarium
Idyllic New England town with nautical appeal
Mystic Seaport has an enormous collection of historic watercraft, including the 19th century Charles W. Morgan, the USA’s only surviving wooden whaling ship, and the USS Nautilus, the first nuclear-powered submarine. Board the schooner Argia for a cruise into Long Island Sound; the sunset sail is especially memorable. See the popular beluga whales at the Mystic Aquarium.
Famous Pizza and Other Eats
The 1988 coming-of-age movie “Mystic Pizza,” starring Julia Roberts, was indeed based on a real restaurant in Mystic. Grab a slice along with a bit of Hollywood history. Of course, this maritime town is also known for its great seafood. During warmer months, eat dinner in a treehouse (yes, a treehouse!) at the Oyster Club. Elsewhere, get fresh oysters paired with a freshly pulled pint at one of the many historic seafood restaurants and pubs.
Touring the Landmarks
For a small village, Mystic is overflowing with must-see attractions. Set aside a few hours to explore historic downtown and its quaint shops. Have your camera ready as the impressive Mystic River Bascule Bridge is raised. Eat, drink and shop at the small businesses in Olde Mistick Village. Spend some time exploring the hiking trails, exhibits, nature and wildlife at the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center. Before you go, be sure get a picture at the cool wooden anchor in Liberty Pole Square.
It may sound supernatural, but the name “Mystic” comes from the Pequot Indian term “missi-tuk,” meaning “a great river whose waters are driven by waves.”