With its tall ships and historic seaport, aquarium and art museums, boutique shops and trendy eateries, all while just being a 3-hour drive from New York City, there’s something for everyone in Mystic, and it is not just pizza.
Here are just some of the attractions that make Mystic magical.
Mystic Seaport Museum –The nation’s leading maritime museum is home to four National Historic Landmark vessels, including the Charles W. Morgan, the world’s last wooden whaleship. The Seaport also boasts a recreated 19th-century coastal village where blacksmiths, coopers, printers and shipwrights are hard at work. You might also bump into StoneRidge residents who volunteer here.
Mystic Aquarium – Explore indoor and outdoor exhibits showcasing more than 300 species of aquatic life, including beluga whales, penguins, sharks, stingrays and sea lions. See training and feeding sessions and learn how to help protect our oceans at daily trainer talks. You might also bump into StoneRidge residents who volunteer here.
Olde Mystick Village – This 1720-style Colonial village, complete with village green and duck pond, attracts visitors from all over the world. Browse more than 30 shops offering handcrafted gifts, high fashion jewelry, souvenirs, homemade fudge, kites and more.
Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center – This natural history museum and nature reserve is a great place to experience nature first-hand. You can wander over 10 miles of trails through mixed woods, wetlands and meadows. Birdwatchers and hikers will be in their element. Our residents enjoy easy access to the trails with entrances located on our campus.
Downtown Mystic – Stretching along both banks of Mystic River, this lively downtown is home to more than 80 independently-owned shops, galleries, restaurants, bakeries, ice cream parlors and souvenir stores. A must do is to grab a slice of the iconic pizza from Mystic Pizza or experience the finest, freshest, most sustainable local ingredients at the Oyster Club. Mystic really is a destination for high quality dining. Read more about the amazing food scene here. Mystic is also the setting for festivals like the annual Mystic Outdoor Art Festival and Taste of Mystic, parades like the Mystic Irish Parade and holiday events throughout the year.
Mystic River Park – If you want to relax and watch the world go by, head to the park. It’s a short walk from downtown shops and restaurants, just southeast of the Bascule Bridge. It’s a great spot to watch ships pass under the drawbridge. There are concerts in the summer, so bring your dancing shoes.
There really is a never ending list of amazing things to see and do. Check out the top-rated 13 things to do in Mystic.
Just recently, Travel and Leisure magazine rated Mystic as one of the 10 best small east coast towns.
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It’s easy to find us.
StoneRidge is located just off I-95 and less than three miles from downtown Mystic. If you’re visiting our community from New York or Boston, you can reach us by train. There’s an Amtrak station conveniently located in Mystic. Call ahead and we’ll pick you up.
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