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MysticUnited States of America

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.

Where to stay in Mystic

Mystic featuring road cycling as well as a family

West Mystic

5/5Exceptional!(5 area reviews)

If you're spending some time in West Mystic, Mystic Arts Center and Mystic River Bascule Bridge are top sights worth seeing.

West Mystic
Mason's Island, Mystic, Connecticut, United States of America

Mason's Island

Mason's Island might not have many top sights, but Mystic Arts Center and Mystic River Bascule Bridge are two attractions nearby that you can check out.

Mason's Island

Top hotels in Mystic

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hyatt Place Mystic
Hyatt Place Mystic
3 out of 5
224 Greenmanville Ave, Mystic, CT

Situated in Mystic, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Olde Mistick Village and Mystic Aquarium and Institute for Exploration. Mystic Seaport is 0.8 mi ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,919 reviews)

"Side entrance Cleanliness Spacious Breakfast selection Great location"…"

Reviewed on 21 Mar 2020

Hyatt Place Mystic
Holiday Inn Express Mystic
Holiday Inn Express Mystic
2.5 out of 5
6 Coogan Blvd, Mystic, CT
£73
per night
19 Apr-20 Apr

Situated in Mystic, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Olde Mistick Village and Mystic Aquarium and Institute for Exploration. Mystic Seaport is 1.1 mi ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,372 reviews)

"Beautiful building staff was very accommodating. It was quiet and clean."…"

Reviewed on 8 Mar 2020

Holiday Inn Express Mystic
Howard Johnson by Wyndham Mystic
Howard Johnson by Wyndham Mystic
2 out of 5
253 Greenmanville Ave, Mystic, CT
£54
per night
9 Apr-10 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 is 0.9 mi ...

3.9/5Very Good! (1,983 reviews)

"The bed was very comfortable. We slept well. The bathroom was very tight but the shower was awesome!"…"

Reviewed on 11 Mar 2020

Howard Johnson by Wyndham Mystic

Popular things to do in Mystic

Mystic Seaport
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Mystic Seaport

4.5/5(7 reviews)

Explore the waterfront in Mystic with a trip to Mystic Seaport. Visit the area's casinos or amble around its seaside.

Mystic Aquarium and Institute for Exploration
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Mystic Aquarium and Institute for Exploration

Uncover the mysteries of the bottom of the ocean and its amazing marine animals when you explore this aquarium’s interactive displays and touch pools.

Olde Mistick Village
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Olde Mistick Village

4/5(5 reviews)

Spend your day shopping in a beautifully recreated pioneering village, where stores are housed in traditional timber buildings with an 18th-century aesthetic.

Mystic Seaport - The Museum of America and the Sea
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Mystic Seaport - The Museum of America and the Sea

5/5(3 reviews)

Learn about life in a recreated 19th-century seafaring village or climb aboard one of the world’s last wooden whaleboats in this expansive outdoor maritime museum.

Mystic River Bascule Bridge
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Mystic River Bascule Bridge

4.5/5(5 reviews)

See engineering mastery in action when you watch this drawbridge levering up to allow boats in and out of the Mystic Seaport.

Mohegan Sun Arena
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Mohegan Sun Arena

5/5(1 review)

Catch an event at Mohegan Sun Arena during your trip to Montville.Amble around the area's waterfront or attend a sporting event.

Top activities in Mystic

Mystic Treasures Guided Tour
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Mystic Treasures Guided Tour

£34
Per adult
Dining at Hard Rock Cafe Foxwoods with Priority Seating
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Dining at Hard Rock Cafe Foxwoods with Priority Seating

£49
Per adult
City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Rhode Island
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City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Rhode Island

£8
Per adult
3Quest Challenge Scavenger hunts of Rhode Island
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3Quest Challenge Scavenger hunts of Rhode Island

£8
Per adult
Crazy Dash Walking Adventure of Rhode Island
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Crazy Dash Walking Adventure of Rhode Island

£9
Per adult
Wacky Walks Adventure walking tours of Rhode Island
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Wacky Walks Adventure walking tours of Rhode Island

£9
Per adult

Reviews of Mystic

4.4

Top Destination

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

7 Sep 2019

A good base to visit the coastal areas

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

1 Sep 2019

Busy town, friendly, safe. Lots of independent shops, good choice restaurant opportunities. Lots to do - cruising, museums, walking.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

11 Jun 2019

Beautiful place well worth a visit