48 Hours in Mystic, CT


A lot of states have places that many people think of as little treasures. For me, Mystic, CT is one of them. Being a lifelong Connecticut resident, I can’t begin to tell you how many times I’ve made the forty-five minute trip from my home.

There has to be a reason why I go back so many times, right? Of course! Well, if you’re in town and have about 48 hours to spend, what should you do and see? Let me be your tour guide.

Many of you may have heard of Mystic Seaport and Mystic Aquarium. Let’s start with the aquarium because that’s one of my favorite places. Before you say that aquariums are just places to go when you have kids, think again. I’ve been there both ways, with my kids and without. As with anything, it’s a different experience each time. The one thing that makes each visit unique is the different exhibits. From time to time, there are new ones that roll into town for a limited time. There are always the old standbys, like the penguins, which are my absolute favorite!

Courtesy: mysticaquarium.org
Courtesy: mysticaquarium.org

Another fun exhibit is the frog one. Don’t ask me why, but kids always seem to be drawn to the tanks where the frogs are kept! There are thirty different species to check out. Besides all of the various exhibits, you can watch an interactive film in the 4-D Theater. There are also National Geographic movies to catch as well. With so much to do in one place, I would definitely reserve one day for all the activities here.

During your next 24 hours, you can head over to Mystic Seaport. The Seaport is full of history. With its various exhibits you and your family will learn plenty about sea exploration.

Courtesy: mysticseaport.org
Courtesy: mysticseaport.org

There’s the small boats collection as well as a look at the restoration of the famous Charles Morgan ship. There is so much to learn here. All of these things are great to see for the whole family. But because many of these exhibits are historical, some teeny ones in your family may not be able to take everything in if they have a short attention span.

If that’s the case, you can head over to Old Mistick Village. This is a great place for the little ones to let out some of that energy by walking around and checking out the sites of the village. Filled with quaint shops and places to get an ice cream cone or slice of pizza, it’s a nice way to end a day of sightseeing or just a good place to take a break. Unlike major shopping malls, you’ll find unique gifts here. The village is located near the aquarium.

Depending on the time of year you visit, there are several seasonal activities to take advantage of as well. In the warmer months, you can try paddle boards and kayaks. Whether it’s spring, summer or fall, bike rentals are also a good idea to get around Mystic and check out more of the charm this town has to offer. There are also fairs and festivals happening year-round.

If you’re a seafood lover, you’re in luck. Mystic has several great seafood restaurants. Some are even waterfront, so you can enjoy the sites and the food.  There are also family-friendly restaurants so you don’t have to worry about getting something to eat for the kids. Checking out the restaurants in Mystic is a great way to unwind after a day of sightseeing.

If you’re still looking for something to do after all of that walking around and eating, there are places that offer live music at night. While this may not be on the agenda with the kids, it could be if you bring Grandma along to babysit! It’s just something to keep in mind!

So, the next time you’re looking for a weekend getaway, check out Mystic, CT. You won’t be disappointed.