Mystic Connecticut has long drawn a constant stream of day visitors to its many attractions. After several visits to Mystic some visitors come to realize that Mystic has the kind of recreational resources that make it an enticing option for a longer vacation stay. In fact in Mystic and nearby communities there are activities enough to meet almost every vacationer’s needs.
Certainly the prime attraction in Mystic is Mystic Seaport. This restored 19th Century commercial port and shipbuilding center attracts thousands of sea loving and adventure seeking visitors each year. For a single admission you can spend part or all of a day exploring the more than 40 buildings representative of the community when it was actively turning out ships for American commercial enterprise. At your own pace you can wander through the reconstructed shipping village and chat informally with craftsmen and shipbuilders who continue to ply the trades of years gone by. As time and weather indicate you may step inside to enjoy the museum buildings which house collections of period exhibits and extensive displays of memorabilia from the days when Mystic shipbuilding was at its height.
Of course you will also want to spend considerable time at dock side. The centerpiece of Mystic Seaport quite naturally are the three fully rigged sailing ships which stand ready for your inspection. The well informed crew welcomes visitors from the 21st Century and are ready to satisfy your curiosity and answer your questions about sailing days of yore.
Mystic Seaport might on its own be enough to summon visitors to the town of Mystic, but there is so much more. Situated in the same town and drawing equally enthusiastic visitors is Mystic Marinelife Aquarium. In addition to the literally thousands of specimens on display , the Aquarium offers regular aquatic shows featuring sea lions, dolphins and beluga whales in its spacious marine theater. The Aquarium is constantly expanding and diversifying its exhibits and presentations which makes every visit seem just a little different.
Museums and aquariums are fun but what’s a vacation without shopping. Whether you are looking for souvenirs to take home to family and friends or you’re hunting for that nameless something special for you, Olde Mystic Village is ready to help you out. With more than 60 unique shops distributed over a creatively designed shopping venue, the village encourages both shopping and a relaxing stroll. At Olde Mystic Village shopping is not just buying its an outing for everyone.
When you vacation in Mystic you put yourself in an active community surrounded by vacationers delights. Within easy reach of Mystic are quality beaches in southern Rhode Island including Misquamicut and Watch Hill. Both offer peaceful diversion from trekking about museums , aquariums and shopping centers.
For those willing and actually wanting to take a gamble Mystic also has you perfectly situated. A short ride takes you to either Foxwoods Resort Casino or Mohegan Sun Casino. Both offer quality dining, shopping and of course gaming tables and slot machines galore.
When its time to call it a day at Mystic you will be pleased to find a wide variety of motels , inns and B&Bs from which to choose. But remember, Mystic is a popular tourist center. More and more people are deciding to make Mystic their headquarters for a week long vacation so be sure you make reservations well in advance, you’ll be glad you did.