In the center of the village of Mystic the Mystic Art Association's riverside gallery has exhibits and juryied shows along with a permanent collection.
The historic seaside villages in the Mystic area offer the traveler quite an array of options. There are galleries of impressionist and marine art, beaches with picnic areas, an aquarium, a carousel museum, giant flea market, two massive casinos, one the largest in the US, a free submarine museum, the whaling museum where a pass is good for two days, the largest Native American museum in the world, and many vineyards with wine tasting. Proximity to Route I-95, a major north south highway makes it easy to get to Mystic from major cities north or south.
By driving a few miles south of Mystic on I-95 you can visit the museum run by the US Navy that celebrates the building in 1954 of the first nuclear submarine, the Nautilus at the nearby Groton shipyards. The museum honors all the submariners of the nation.
tour one of the most historic ships ever to sail, the USS Nautilus. The first nuclear powered submarine in the world, the Nautilus was the first ship of any kind to reach the North Pole, setting that record in 1958. The submarine set many records and milestones throughout its 25 years of service."
The adjacent museum traces the evolution of submarines with a library, photo gallery, ship models, and thousands of artifacts.
Mystic Whaling Museum Photos by Rain Rodolph
Leave Mystic Connecticut's Whaling Museum at Mystic Seaport and go through the town of Mystic headed south. Take a left at Mystic Pizza and follow the Noank Road 215, along the shore and beside estuarine ponds (Noank Rd becomes South Elm Street) to the intersection of Groton Long Point Road. Take a left and watch for the parking lot on your right and the beach on your left. A shady picnic area makes Esker Point Beach a good family day trip.
From Mystic you can drive a short distance north along the coast and visit the 1852 Captain Palmer House, a sea captain's mansion turned museum in Stonington Borough. Captain Palmer hunted fur seals in regions beyond the southern maps and made history when he sighted land beyond the furthest reaches then known to seafarers; he was first to glimpse the unknown continent of Antarctica.
Stonington's homes speak eloquently about the prosperity brought by seafarers whose voyages financed the building of the stone lighthouse on the point, now a museum, and the splendid Victorian and Revival mansions that today shine like museum pieces in this seacoast village.
Returning to Mystic on the vineyard trail through the rolling farm country of Stonington you can visit boutique wine makers Stonington Vineyards holding their afternoon wine tasting and demonstration in the art of viticulture.
The highway I-95 passes near the Mystic Aquarium were 500 exotic fish swim in a 30,000- gallon display while Beluga Whales, Dolphins, and Stellar Sea Lions share the spotlight with an exhibit detailing Dr. Robert Ballard's search for the Titanic. Nearby there is another recreated village with many shopping options. Of interest also might be B.F. Clyde's steam powered cider mill.
Mystic Village has many dinning options including the S & P Oyster Company Restaurant overlooking the river.
Beaches Near Mystic Connecticut
Whaling Museum, Mystic Seaport
At the Mystic Seaport Museum there are beaches within a half hours drive.
To the north along coastal Route 1 find Stonnington and Stonnington Harbor Lighthouse and Museum. Just opposite the light there is a small beach.
To the south of Mystic, just out of Mystic on Route 215 you will find Esker Point Beach,a small beach with a shady park.
lLghthouse Point, Stonington offers a sand beach near the lighthouse
Getting to Mystic Connecticut: The nearest large city to Mystic Conn. in the north is Boston.(BOS) From the south, New York City is a 100 mile drive on Route I-95 north.
Air service reaches Boston from other major hubs and cities. Rental cars are available at the airport. From Boston take Route I- 95 south for 115 miles.
Airlines serve Providence RI (Warwick RI. (PVD) TF Green Airport) and Hartford Conn. (BDL) Bradley International Airport, smaller cities closer to Mystic than Boston or NY
Train service is available to Mystic from major cities via Amtrak.
Within a half day's drive from Mystic Conn
Mystic Art Association's Gallery is across from Mystic Pizza. Paid parking lot
Further to the north you will find Misquamicut State Beach on Atlantic Avenue in Westerly Rhode Island
This is a seven mile ocean beach with small waves and little undertow. there is ample parking and wheelchair, baby carriage access. Open seven days May until September, weekends the remainder of the year.
Further south out of Mystic on Ocean Avenue in New London, Connecticut, you will find Ocean Beach Park , a developed park with rides and attractions.
Also south on Route 156 in East Lyme ,CT, find Rocky Neck State Park with a mile of saltwater beach offers picnics, diving, hiking, fishing, and swimming.
Nearby Beaches Near Mystic Connecticut Whaling Museum and Mystic Seaport are two small beaches that are in the nearby towns close to the town of Mystic
Beaches reached from Mystic Connecticut Whaling Museum, Mystic Seaport are the small Esker Point Beach, and the larger Misquamicut State Park, a seven mile ocean beach in Rhode Island.