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Mystic
Travel Guide

Mystic showing picnicking, flowers and a garden

River cruises, a world-class aquarium and quaint shops and eateries make this historic 19th-century village an ideal New England getaway.

Once Connecticut’s busiest seaport, Mystic retains its historic, old-town charm. Today it is one of New England’s most popular destinations.

Located on the banks of the Mystic River, just a few miles from the Atlantic Ocean, Mystic offers attractions centered on its proximity to the waterfront. Watch the sea lion show and see beluga whales play at Mystic Aquarium. A notable oceanic research institution, the aquarium offers hands-on exhibits ideal for adults and children alike. Participate in interactive exhibits, the 4-D theater and learning programs at this popular destination.

Mystic's past centers on a maritime history, which you can experience at Mystic Seaport. Walk aboard historic sailboats and tall ships and through streets of a reconstructed 19th-century seafaring village.

Continue the nautical adventure aboard Schooner Argia with a cruise down the Mystic River on a replica of a historic sailboat. Enjoy glimpses of seals and other nautical creatures as you learn about the region’s history.

Experience New England of the 1700s at Olde Mistick Village. More than 50 stores, restaurants and boutiques line the streets. Historic architecture provides a perfect visual accompaniment to your shopping or dining adventures. Use the iconic Mystic River Bascule Bridge to travel between both sides of the village which straddles the Mystic River.

Mystic offers a low-key atmosphere, with bars and cozy eateries providing nighttime entertainment. For a more energetic nightlife, head to Mohegan Sun or Foxwoods. These gaming resorts are among the largest in the region, offering casinos, restaurants and spas. Each destination is under 30 minutes by car from Mystic.

Mystic is located 130 miles (209.2 kilometers) from New York City and 100 miles (160.9 kilometers) from Boston. It is most easily accessible by car, though a limited bus service runs from both metropolitan areas to the village.

Visit Mystic during autumn to experience its colorful fall foliage or plan a trip during summer, for warm, balmy weather. Enjoy the historic ambiance, picturesque location and wealth of attractions at one of Connecticut's premier destinations.

Hilton Mystic
Hilton Mystic
3.5 out of 5
20 Coogan Blvd, Mystic, CT
Free cancellation
The price is £110 per night from 25 Apr to 26 Apr
Situated in the historical district, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Mystic Aquarium and Institute for Exploration and Mystic Seaport - The Museum of America ...
4.2/5Excellent! (946 reviews)
"Didn’t like how the Dinner was only open for breakfast."

Reviewed on 19 Apr 2021

Hilton Mystic
Holiday Inn Express Mystic, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Express Mystic, an IHG Hotel
2.5 out of 5
6 Coogan Blvd, Mystic, CT
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £74 per night from 25 Apr to 26 Apr
Located in the heart of Mystic, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Olde Mistick Village and Mystic Aquarium and Institute for Exploration. Mystic Seaport ...
4.3/5Excellent! (959 reviews)
"Nice place to stay for a night while we went to Mystic Aquarium. We enjoyed the pool with our two boys. The included breakfast was appreciated."

Reviewed on 21 Apr 2021

Holiday Inn Express Mystic, an IHG Hotel
Hyatt Place Mystic
Hyatt Place Mystic
3 out of 5
224 Greenmanville Ave, Mystic, CT
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £73 per night from 25 Apr to 26 Apr
Situated in Mystic, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Olde Mistick Village and Mystic Aquarium and Institute for Exploration. Mystic Seaport and Mystic ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (962 reviews)
"Just comfortable"

Reviewed on 18 Apr 2021

Hyatt Place Mystic
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Harbor View Landing,  Mystic CT - The Cove Waterfront Cottage
Harbor View Landing, Mystic CT - The Cove Waterfront Cottage
8 Casino Rd, Mystic, CT
The price is £277 per night from 27 Apr to 28 Apr
Located in West Mystic, this romantic cottage is within 2 mi (3 km) of Mystic Arts Center, Mystic Seaport, and Mystic Seaport - The Museum of America and the ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)
Amazing
"The place was super cute! Very cozy and comfy; beautifully decorated and the hosts were wonderful! Downtown Mystic is right around the corner. Will definitely consider staying again!"

Reviewed on 31 Jan 2021

Harbor View Landing, Mystic CT - The Cove Waterfront Cottage
The Hemingway Cottage - Romantic & Private Downtown Mystic Retreat
The Hemingway Cottage - Romantic & Private Downtown Mystic Retreat
13 Grove Ave, 2, Mystic, CT
Located in the heart of Mystic, this apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of Mystic Arts Center, Mystic Seaport and Mystic Seaport - The Museum of America ...
5/5Exceptional! (21 reviews)
Cozy and convenient
"This cottage was exactly as advertised- clean, comfortable, easy to access. The location was quiet and safe and an easy walk to downtown and to river views. My little family of four were comfortable in the space and enjoyed the welcome basket of snacks, drinks, and restaurant suggestions. We would ..."

Reviewed on 15 Apr 2021

The Hemingway Cottage - Romantic & Private Downtown Mystic Retreat
Mystic Lovely, Light-filled Victorian Townhouse With Luxury Amenities
Mystic Lovely, Light-filled Victorian Townhouse With Luxury Amenities
74 Denison Ave, Mystic, CT
The price is £348 per night from 2 May to 3 May
Situated in Mystic, this historic holiday home is within a 10-minute walk of Mystic River Bascule Bridge, Mystic Seaport, and Mystic Seaport - The Museum of ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (12 reviews)
sweet place!
"Excellent - was clean, very comfortable, excellent location. Property manager was very helpful and accessible, felt very very welcome and that she really cared a lot about our comfort even though we only stayed one night."

Reviewed on 2 Apr 2021

Mystic Lovely, Light-filled Victorian Townhouse With Luxury Amenities
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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