"10 things to do in Mystic without a car"
1. Follow the Mystic Seafarer's Trail map (on foot or on a borrowed Mystic Community Bike) to the 7 Wonders, where along the way you will find several attractions, shops, restaurants, kayak rentals and unique boat & walking tours (be downtown at noon or 6 pm to enjoy the bell tunes played by the big white church on the hill); 2. Watch boats from all over the world go through the drawbridge at 20 minutes to the hour; 3. Visit Mystic & Noank Library to grab assorted trail maps, a beach read from their free books section, a great view of the Mystic River Valley, and a chance to place a piece in the group puzzle; 4. Stroll through Olde Mistick Village to the Tourist Info Center to find fun brochures and discount deals, then watch the duck drama at their pond or a movie at Art Cinemas where they proudly serve real butter with their popcorn; 5. Wave to the friendly beluga whales and clap at the antics of the sea lions at Mystic Aquarium; 6. Spend a day (or two) exploring and finding adventure at Mystic Seaport; 7. Relax in the country surroundings of the historic 1717 Denison Homestead and tour the home of one of Mystic's earliest families; 8. Embark on the trails maintained by the Nature Center; 9. Swim in the Mystic River at William's Beach Park; 10. Find peace on Enders Island where you can leave a written prayer in the three-sided seaside chapel, visit St. Edmund's very old, withered arm, stroll through spectacular gardens, and buy island-made jams and jellies with names like "Fire and Brimstone" hot pepper jelly.
From News 8, Connecticut Style: “You don't have to fly halfway around the world for adventure. National Geographic lists Mystic as one of the top 100 “adventure towns” in America. If that isn't incentive enough to get you there, maybe the Mystic Seafarer's Trail will. This book combines travel, history and humor, including seven wonders.” See images of "The 7 Wonders of Mystic" on News 8 interview with author Lisa Saunders.
If you are flying in, the following airport in Rhode Island is probably the easiest. You may then consider taking a shuttle to the Amtrak station in Providence:
2000 Post Road
Warwick, RI 02886
Daily service (in season) between T.F. Green Airport and ...Providence AMTRAK station
What is the atmosphere like? It's a quaint seaside village.
What are the main attractions in Mystic? Mystic Aquarium, Mystic Seaport, Olde Mistick Village, and the historic downtown village where the drawbridge goes up and down during sailing season.
- Mystic & Shoreline Visitor Information Center Olde Mistick Village, Mystic, CT 06355, 860-536-1641, firstname.lastname@example.org, mysticinfo.com
- Also, contact:
- Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce: 860-572-9578, mysticchamber.org
Weather--Mystic weather is never right, even though the Weather Channel loves to come here to film upcoming hurricanes beside all the tall ships. But if you want a rough idea, go to: http://www.weather.com/weather/today/Mystic+CT+USCT0129 (Even when it's pouring rain or the fog is so thick you can barely see, the weather on my phone says it's sunny.)
Bike Sharing (free bikes available with a deposit--but you should reserve as soon as possible during the tourist season. The bikes hibernate in the cold months so do check the website for availability). Visit: Mystic Community Bikes, Mystic, CT: http://mysticcommunitybikes.org/
Info: email@example.com, (860) 245-8150.
Kayak Rentals: Call ahead to Marine Consignment in Mystic (15 Holmes St.): 860-245-0588. They rent kayaks for easy placement in the Mystic River. http://marineconsignment.com/
Coffee: Green Marble Café and Bartleby's in downtown Mystic, and Starbucks near Olde Mistick Village. Another place may have just opened in Olde Mistick Village.
Jogger/walker? One close, scenic spot is through or beside Elm Grove Cemetery (a garden cemetery along Mystic River at site # 4 on my Mystic Seafarer's Trail map) on Route 27 (Greenmanville Ave.) heading toward downtown Mystic. Another popular spot is River Road (near site #7 on Mystic Seafarer's Trail) with its scenic views of the tall, old ships docks at Mystic Seaport.
Restaurants, places to stay, more things to do: Visitor Info
1.Mystic Seaport’s Whaleship, Charles W. Morgan—the last wooden whaleship in the world
2.Mystic Aquarium’s “Crowns.” Outdoor structures look like they belong to a massive King Neptune. Designed by famed international architect Cesar Pelli (designed Britain’s tallest building, etc).
3.Elm Grove Cemetery Arch--colossal arch leads to scenic garden cemetery shaped like an elm tree.
4.Mystic River Drawbridge (seen in film, Mystic Pizza), historic 1922 bascule bridge has seesaw design
5. Hanging Gardens of Enders Island-maze of rock hedges, archways & St. Edmund’s withered arm
- Mystic Pizza movie trail
- Pet-Friendly Trail
- Nature Center Hiking Trails
- Antiques Trail
- Foodie Finds Trail
- Sundae Drive Trail (ice cream)
- Mystic River Walking Adventure
- Curbstones, Clapboards and Cupolas: 4 Self-Guided Walking Tours
- More Hiking Guides
- Mystic Seafarer's Trail
- Scenic Drives
- Touring Retro
- Kayaker's Guide to the Mystic River