Mystic Travel Guide

  • romantic sunset cruise
    romantic sunset cruise
    by eaglelight
  • ARGIA sailing on Fishers Island Sound
    ARGIA sailing on Fishers Island Sound
    by eaglelight
  • Mystic
    by cjg1

Mystic Things to Do

  • Schooner ARGIA Sailing Cruises

    We visit Mystic once or twice a year, and every time, we are drawn back to the lovely Schooner ARGIA, located right in downtown Mystic just north of the Historic Mystic Bridge. Three times a day, ARGIA sails through the Bridge, down the Mystic River with its historic architecture, and out onto Fishers Island Sound. No two cruises are alike. One...

    more
  • Look at the bridge

    Mystic's Bascule Bridge is really rather impressive. A bascule bridge is, in effect, a drawbridge. The concrete counterweights are absolutely massive.The lifting section is around 85 feet long and, being part of Route 1, carries plenty of traffic ... as we discovered when we walked into town whilst the bridge was open: the queues, even on a Sunday,...

    more
  • Walk the riverside

    There are ships and boats galore to see, even if a special launch is not taking place. As you walk upriver you'll come to Mystic Seaport, a museum of ships (including 'tall ships') and maritime artefacts, and a working shipyard (where the Charles W Morgan whaler is being restored).To one side of Mystic Bascule Bridge is Mystic River Park, a rather...

    more

Mystic Hotels

See all 21 Hotels in Mystic
  • Hampton Inn & Suites Mystic

    6 Hendel Drive, Mystic, Connecticut, 06355, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Hyatt Place Hotel Mystic

    224 Greenmanville Ave., (formerly AmeriSuites Mystic), Mystic, Connecticut, 06355, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Whaler's Inn and Motor Court Mystic

    20 E. Main St., Mystic, Connecticut, 06355, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

Mystic Restaurants

  • Good Diner Food

    The Equinox Diner is a good stop to grab a bit to eat when passing through Mystic on the way North or South or if you are visiting Mystic for the day. It is located right off of I-95; so it is a quick hop off/on for travelers. The diner is relatively new and is a large space. Inside the diner there are many booths and tables in funky shades of...

    more
  • A Pit Stop for some Food

    The Ground Round is a guilty pleasure for us when we are visiting Mystic or passing through on a roadtrip. The Ground Round is a chain of restaurants that are slowly dying out across the country. The place is atached to a hotel and is actulayy quite large. Ther is a large dining area as well as a bar with booths. The menu here consists of burgers,...

    more
  • Seafood Disneyland

    Okay, we succumbed. My husband had a hankering for sushi, so we went to a huge seafood complex called Go Fish. It's right in the Disneyland of Mystic: Old Mystic Village. It was actually very good, even though I had to get over my prejudices about blonde sushi chefs. The place is HUGE and has a few different restaurants in it. We went during the...

    more

Mystic Nightlife

  • Short on charm

    The Harp and Hound, in downtown Mystic, is a weak attempt at recreating the feel of a traditional Irish Pub, with a huge failure in the Guinness pour. From the outside, the place looks promising. It is in an historic building with clapboard walls and lovely wooden signs. Inside, it looks the decorator started with good intentions then lost...

    more
  • Foxwoods Resort Casino

    I didn't go there but Foxwoods is supposed to be the largest casino in the world with all the popular table and machine games as well as excellent restaurants and nightly entertainment by top names.

    more
  • Hoist a Tankard of Ale

    The Oar Bar is so named for the Oars that adorn the walls and ceiling. We drunk many tankards of Ale, and other strong spirits. Rum is a favorite among pirates.

    more

Mystic Transportation

  • Amtrak can take you there

    Amtrak is a costly way of getting to Mystic, but if you don't have a car (or can't rent one), Amtrak is your only other option. One way prices for adults off peak coach cost $45 and depart Penn Station, NYC (NYP) to Mystic Station, CT (MYS) about 4 times daily. The train ride to Mystic is about 2 hours 40 mins.Once you've arrived at Mystic you must...

    more
  • Driving on I-95 from NYC

    One of the things I really like about Mystic is that it is conveniently located at exit 90 off of I-95. Ferni and I will usually get on I-95 from our home which is located near the border of Connecticut and drive down to Mystic in less than 2 hours. Driving to Mystic is the best way to visit this compact town as you'll want to explore all the areas...

    more
  • Getting There

    By Air : The closest airport to Mystic is the Groton-New London Airport. It is about eight miles away. You can also get to Mystic from larger airports like Bradley Airport in Hartford, CT, which is about 1 1/2 hours away, or the T.F.Green near Providence, RI about 45 minutes away..By Train : Some Amtrak trains stop each day in Mystic from either...

    more

Mystic Shopping

See all 7 Shopping in Mystic
  • Wonderful Christmas ornaments and more

    This is another shop that I love visitng when I am in Mystic. For anyone who loves Christmas and decorating for this holidays this is a must visit shop. They have everything that has to deal with Christmas. I love their unique ornamets and purchased a few, they also have Christmas plates and other decorations for the holdiays. We left here with a...

    more
  • Everything for that Pampered Pet

    I really loved this shop. As an dog ower I like perusing any specialy pet shop when I come across them. Raining Cats and Dogs is a very large pet shop that sells of course everything you can want, need, desire, etc., for you pet. They have a large selection of clothing, leads and collars, porcelan animal collectables, toys, stuffed animals, beds,...

    more
  • A little bit of everything

    Inside the Olde Mistick Village is the Franklin Store. It is a general store that sells all sorts of items. They range from books, soaps, gift items like ceramic and porcelan items, pins, Mystic memoriabilia, road maps, as well as a fudge shop. It is a nice store to wander around and we particularly liked the book shop area where many of the books...

    more

Mystic Local Customs

  • Lobsterfest

    Lobsterfest is held over Memorial Day weekend (last weekend in May) under Mystic Seaport's open-air boat shed on the banks of the Mystic River.Chowderfest - You can choose from clear or creamy, clam or corn chowder and take in the lovely New England Autumn foliage. The fest is held over Columbus Day weekend in October.

    more
  • Tip the crew

    Gifts are always appreciated, and a tip jug will be passed for the crew. Instead of money, though, I gave them something special, real pieces of eight! Spanish Reals of this era are plentiful, and may be had at a coin show. The ones I got were well worn, and had many "chop" marks. About $20 apiece. The crew went wild over them.

    more
  • Log your adventure

    When travelling, I always take a journal as well as my camera. Write in it faithfully each day. Then when you are home, re-write it with an ear for adventure. Make characters. Ray a farmer from Pennsylvania became "Rey, a tall thin Spainard, dark complected, with long black hair, and a stiletto beard."

    more

Mystic Warnings and Dangers

  • 'Attack seagulls'????

    I'm not sure whether the sign means that there are specially-trained attack seasgulls in Mystic, or simply that seagulls might decide to 'atack' you if you are eating something tasty.And i'm not sure whether the other sign means you have to pay 50 cents for each rock you throw, or whether you will be fined 50 cents for each rock you have thrown if...

    more
  • Summer Traffick

    Mystic is a popular tourist destination especially in the Spring and Summer months. Traffic around town can be a pain and quite frustration. Park your car at the Old Mystic Village and enjoy a nice 15 minute walk to the Seaport. It's good exercise and less frustrating than waiting in traffic.

    more
  • Smile when you say that, stranger

    Pirates are liars and cheats, and they are usually armed, and I am no different, so beware! I'd just as soon slice your belly open and feed you to the fishes, as be you drinking buddy.

    more

Mystic Tourist Traps

  • Olde Mystick Village

    This is where you should go if you don't want to spend the $17 to get into Old Mystic Seaport. Entrance is free, but it's all shops. It is very cute, however.I think it's great for kids, actually. We saw a lot of kids enjoying the ducks in the water and the green areas with benches. Lots to look at, not a lot to do besides shop. Walk around, check...

    more
  • Mystic Pizza

    Yes, this is the place that made Julia Roberts famous. It's a pizza restaurant in downtown Mystic that was the shooting location and the namesake for the film. As a result, the place is usually packed and there is often a long line to get in, especially during the tourist season. Show up early to get your place in line. Or visit during a weekday...

    more
  • See the most boring travelogue...

    See the most boring travelogue on VT!! My Mystic drawbridge travelogue.

    more

Mystic What to Pack

  • Packing Light

    We are normally at Mystic for one day or for a quick overnight stay, so just a simple duffle bag or rollaboard will do. Comfortable shoes for walking around the various Mystic attractions. Shampoo, hair gel, toothbrush, paste, contact lenses, contact solution, deodorant, razor, shaving cream, and lotion. My digital camera and video camera Bring...

    more
  • Bring your woolens

    Pack your gear in your seabag, and sling it over your shoulder. Deck shoes with the squeegie bottoms, I recommend "Sperry" brand. The rest of your clothes should be comfortable and layerable, as the weather is changable. Bring what you'll need. There are no stores at sea. Supplies can be had in port. Sunscreen for those who are fair. Bag Balm to...

    more
  • Packing List

    Like most of New England the weather has the reputation of being unpredictable. Even in the Summer we have days hat require jackets, although that is rare. It's best to either check the weather forecast the day you plan to get there, or to pack a lightweight jacket. I believe both the Seaport and the Aquarium are open in a limited way during the...

    more

Mystic Off The Beaten Path

  • Nearyby Mystic: Stonington Bourough

    Stonington Borough is a small and peaceful village located about 10 minutes from downtown Mystic and is a good option as a place to stay for those looking for a serene New England experience. Stonington has a long history as native American land, a colonial trading post, a whaling port, and is now a residential area with tourism as it's major...

    more
  • Changing Landscape

    Our first stop was a spit of land, more a sand bar, that will soon be seperated from the mainland, especially in high tides. There was a lamp there to warn of its presence.

    more
  • Groton Long Point: A nice...

    Groton Long Point: A nice little village 6 miles south of Mystic. It has magnificent views of Long Island Sound.

    more

Mystic Sports & Outdoors

  • cjg1's Profile Photo

    by cjg1 Updated Jun 10, 2009

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Boating seems to be the thing to do for locals and tourists alike. Mystic is right on the water so it make sense to hop on a boat and enjoy the water and good weather.

    Related to:
    • Water Sports

    Was this review helpful?

    more

Mystic Favorites

See all 12 Favorites in Mystic
  • The Journey Home

    We revel long into the night, and Jo Jo and me even trade songs to the amusement of this crew. Some yarns are spun, and legends are born of journeys and hardships overcome, of adventure and strange lands, and never forget . . . treasure! The morning tide starts us back to our home port of Mystic, good friends all.

    more
  • Treasure!

    The clue leads us to Block Island to a cemetary! We search out a certain grave where lies our prize! Now manys a-feared of the spirits that linger in them boneyards, but we are going there soon enough ourselves, it's too bad for them that sleeps, but there's stories on the markers, and many thats gone before. Ahoy, comes the cry, and we find a...

    more
  • A Fair Wind

    We are headed for Block Island. This northern run is in fair winds, and we hang three jib sheets and as much canvas as she will take. We are making 16 knots, and the sun warms our hearts as our spirits soar. The wind makes the rigging sing as it will on a fine tuned boat. We are nearer to our goal! We've overcome treachery, deceit, and foul winds,...

    more

Instant Answers: Mystic

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

109 travelers online now

Comments

 
Explore Deeper into Mystic
Enjoy the architecture
Things to Do
Connecticut Casinos: Mohegan Sun or Foxwoods?
Things to Do
Love the Salad Bar
Restaurants
Ambient Italian Bistro
Restaurants
Gourmet, home made ice cream!
Restaurants
Famous Pizza
Restaurants
Local Craft shop and unique gifts
Shopping
Olde Mistick Village
Things to Do
Mystic Seaport
Things to Do
Mystic Aquarium
Things to Do
Fresh and tasty seafood
Restaurants
The Mystic Aquarium
Things to Do
Simple great tasting burgers
Restaurants
Good diner food!
Restaurants
Voyages: Stories of America and the Sea
Things to Do
Henry B. du Pont Preservation Shipyard
Things to Do
The 19th Century Village
Things to Do
Good food and a great river view.
Restaurants
Olde Mistick Village (yes it's spelled right)
Things to Do
Souveniers, Baked Goods and Fudge....
Shopping
Amistad: Freedom Schooner
Things to Do
Australia - Coasting Schooner
Things to Do
Mystic Seaport
Things to Do
Photo ops and ducks
Things to Do
Visit Mystic Village
Things to Do
Historic Seaport Museum
Things to Do
Ten Clams
Restaurants
churches, trees, colonial buildings.....
Things to Do
Enjoy the New England architecture
Things to Do
Shop, lunch, watch the boats in Mystic
Things to Do
Mystic Aquarium
Things to Do
It's A Real Place (and not a tourist trap)
Restaurants
The Famous Mystic Pizza
Restaurants
A Break from a long Drive
Things to Do
Lunch At A Rustic Tavern
Restaurants
Mystic Seaport Village
Things to Do
See the old time sights!
Things to Do
A HOME FOR OLD SHIPS!
Things to Do
See Mystic Lighthouse
Things to Do
See Mystic From A Horse And Carriage
Things to Do
Map of Mystic

View all Mystic hotels