When you ask a Connecticut resident where to visit in the state, I feel like the main response I get is, “Have you been to Mystic?” Mystic is definitely a tourist town and for good reason! Historically it actually use to be the best Seaport in the area. There is still a large amount of actual historical ships located on the river as well. Mystic Seaport is located nearby the downtown and happens to be the nations largest Maritime Museum. I definitely recommend checking this out!
If you want that classic New England Seaport town that you’ve seen in magazines…Mystic is definitely for you. Below I outlined my top choices for things to do in this sweet Connecticut town.
Mystic is about one hour from Milford, CT.
1. Mystic’s Downtown Marina; Mystic River and Mystic Seaport
Be sure to walk along the river to get a great view of historical homes and ships. Every season has its own beauty alongside this river, don’t miss this!
Mystic Seaport: largest Maritime Museum in the nation. It’s also really fun to go on the historic boats and look around!
Dad looking cold and happy. It was a nice 15 degrees the day we visited! haha
Historical Seaport Village with cute shops and food spots. Also, the website linked above has a live stream of Main street that is fun to watch! Currently, it has a bunch of snow on the streets. 🙂
Some notable shops you should check out in Downtown:
- Trove : Mens Provisions. This is one of my favorite spots to look in because each item is so well thought out when chosen. It’s the ultimate “cool” spot for a guy to shop in – bring your man here, you won’t be sorry!
- Mystic Organics and More
- Marine Consignment of Mystic
- Mystic Disc: A great record store that opened in 1983.
- SALT shop + Press: A little off the beaten path, but SUCH fun stuff in this store.
- Engine Room: I admit I take every visitor with me to the Engine Room when we visit Mystic. I love it’s southern food and amazing drinks! The atmosphere is top notch and it’s for sure one of the best restaurants in the area.
- Mystic Pizza: We’re my ladies at who love the 80’s classic, Mystic Pizza?! This pizzeria is a perfect stop for fans of the movie and people who want a classic pizzeria experience with great food. My mom literally had my drive her to Mystic just to get a T-shirt. She loves the movie! Honestly, with Julia Roberts you just can’t go wrong. 🙂
- Mystic Drawbridge Ice Cream: Another place I just can’t NOT go too! I love their homemade Ice cream – be sure and grab a scoop!
The historic Mystic River Bascule Bridge. This guy lifts straight up and allows ships to pass, super cool to watch!
The sweetest mural at Mystic Drawbridge Ice Cream. My mom wanted this framed. haha 🙂
Trove: Mens ProvisionsDinner at the Engine Room.
And a quick throw back to October when my mom visited and we visited Mystic Pizza. A fan paradise!
Mom and I
Seriously the best Cider around! They have everything from Hard Ciders, apple wines, jams, fudge, and honey. Historically it was est. in 1881 and is actually the oldest steam powered cider mill in the U.S. How cool is that?! It even has a reputation for being “The best sweet cider on Earth”. Now I am afraid to say that this shop is seasonal. They are open from September to December each year.
4) Olde Mistick Village
Olde Mistick Village is by far one of the CUTEST shopping areas I’ve been to in CT. It’s got a great collection of shops from around the world. This includes everything from fun restaurants, chocolate shops, Christmas themed shops, Toy stores, Chinese Tea shops, and even a mill and pond complete with a Town Hall. If there were homes available in this shopping center (and no people) I would so want to live here. haha It’s that cute!
Notable shops that you got to check out!
- Irish Eyes: Goods straight from Ireland
- Tiger Lily Tea: LEGIT organic Chinese tea.
- Alice in the Village: An Alice and Wonderland themed tea and coffee shop. So much awesome in one store. Ps. Try the scones!!
- Bestemor’s: Scandinavian Imports and prob my fav store in the whole bunch!
- Toy Soldier: We were so impressed with the owner’s knowledge of her toys. Truly a feast for your eyes in this sweet toy store!
- Sofia’s Mystical Christmas: Thousands (literally) of Christmas ornaments! You won’t believe it until ya see it. 🙂
- Franklin’s General Store: As soon as you walk in you can smell the old sweet goodness. Perfect stop for sweet treats, souvenirs or a taste of history.
Alice in the Village Shop!
Irish Eyes Import shop had some really great souvenir type gifts from Ireland. I definitely felt like I was not in CT!
I was so amazed how cool this Aquarium was! They had two Beluga Whales that were amazing to see as well as a whole outdoor exhibit that you walk through and two different large indoor exhibits. During the summer they do fun animal shows as well. I highly recommend this and be sure and book online and you recive 10% off!
I think a spent a solid 20 minutes with Juno the Beluga whale. I was so in love! 🙂
I have yet to do any of the Harbor tours, but I’ve heard great things! I also know they have fun festivals during the year. I hope you get to check out this historic seaport city – when you do let me know what you think and what other gems you find!