Best Places for Dining, Shopping, and Sightseeing Near Mystic CT
Travel Guide by Glori Law
There are an incredible number of things to do year round in the Mystic area. We constantly update this guide based on our own experiences and with feedback from our guests, who now total over 120 rentals. We have gotten a good idea of what is worthwhile and what isn't. Our goal is to provide visitors with ideas and descriptions that will help to make their visit memorable. We don't get any favors, freebies, gifts etc. from any of the sites we mention.
To the left is the steamboat Sabino that is the oldest wooden, coal-fired steamboat in regular operation in the U.S. Built in 1908 in East Boothbay, Maine. It still has the original engine! It leaves from the Mystic Seaport and cruises up the Mystic river right in front of our house
Ocean Beach Park , Rocky Neck Beach. , Rhode Island Beaches , There are many fantastic beaches close to the house. I would recommend Misquamicut Beach in Westerly, RI, if you want a pure beach experience. It is probably the closest and least crowded. There is also a nice beach in Watch Hill, but go early as the parking is brutal! There is a beach up by Ocean House in Watch Hill that runs into Taylor Swift's private beach. Again go there early or late and the water there is also very turbulent. It is worth the trip to see Ocean House from the beach. It is one beach after another in Rhode Island all the way to Narragansett. These are all twenty minutes to forty five minutes away.
In Connecticut there is Rocky Neck State Beach and Ocean Beach Park in New London. Ocean State Beach, more like an amusement park, is great for kids as they have miniature golf, a carrousel , boardwalk and food. Not sure what the beach is like.