A quaint hamlet within the townships of Groton and Stonington, Mystic Connecticut is known for its charm, history, boutiques and working harbor. Situated on either side of the Mystic River, the town is connected by a bascule bridge—a type of weighted drawbridge. It's quite a sight to watch the bridge raise while two massive weights gently ease down, steadying the momentum. There are a number of marinas and shipyards with easy access to Long Island Sound, making the area a haven for boaters.
Measuring less than four square miles, the village of Mystic has a fair amount of celebrated attractions for its small size. The world-renowned Mystic Seaport lies on the eastern bank of the Mystic River. You can easily spend a few days roaming this historic maritime museum. A visit to Mystic Aquarium will entice you with its vast array of marine life, most notably the cheerful and friendly Beluga whales.
Take a stroll down the sidewalks of Mystic and explore the plentiful shops, art galleries, cafes, and restaurants. Stop in and savor a slice of Mystic Pizza, made famous by the 1988 film of the same name. Art enthusiasts will enjoy the cultural and historical exhibitions at Mystic Arts Center with its splendid riverfront location. Just outside of town across from the aquarium you'll find Olde Mistick Village, a series of over forty storefronts and eateries set within an old-fashioned, scenic village.
For your stay in Mystic you'll find hotels that fit every budget. If quaint and charming are more to your liking, check out The Whaler's Inn on the east bank of Mystic River. Built in the early 1900's, its traditional architecture is enhanced with modern-day luxuries. For a more intimate experience, the eleven-room Steamboat Inn on Mystic's west bank offers upscale waterfront lodging. Just east of Mystic center, The Inn At Mystic provides resort amenities within a picturesque fifteen-acre estate overlooking Fishers Island Sound.
If a bucolic setting is more to your liking, be sure to visit Old Mystic where the narrow Mystic River begins to widen its path to the sea. Just three miles from Mystic center, you'll be enchanted by its unpretentious and inviting country charm.
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