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Mystic, CT
Travel Guide

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.

Hilton Mystic
Hilton Mystic
3.5 out of 5
20 Coogan Blvd, Mystic, CT
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥11,457 per night from Mar 9 to Mar 10

Situated in the historical district, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Mystic Aquarium and Institute for Exploration and Mystic Seaport - The Museum of America ...

4.2/5Excellent! (950 reviews)

"Friendly, helpful staff. Very clean, sanitized and all Covid regulations followed perfectly. Definitely would recommend."…"

Reviewed on Mar 8, 2021

Hilton Mystic
Holiday Inn Express Mystic
Holiday Inn Express Mystic
2.5 out of 5
6 Coogan Blvd, Mystic, CT
The price is ¥8,340 per night from Mar 11 to Mar 12

Located in the heart of Mystic, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Olde Mistick Village and Mystic Aquarium and Institute for Exploration. Mystic Seaport ...

4.3/5Excellent! (973 reviews)

"Booked this last minute for a quick trip and was pleasantly surprised. The room was a very nice size and the bed was comfy. Just an FYI, due to Covid the pool and gym were closed, which is understandable. Normally you get free breakfast but again due to Covid they only give you a bagged grab and ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 8, 2021

Holiday Inn Express Mystic
Hampton Inn & Suites Mystic
Hampton Inn & Suites Mystic
2.5 out of 5
6 Hendel Dr, Mystic, CT
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥8,461 per night from Mar 9 to Mar 10

Situated in the historical district, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Olde Mistick Village and Mystic Aquarium and Institute for Exploration. Mystic ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (965 reviews)

"Very clean and quiet and the room was amazing definitely would come back"…"

Reviewed on Feb 28, 2021

Hampton Inn & Suites Mystic
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Downtown Historic Gem W/ Water Views Of Mystic Seaport & Lighthouse
Downtown Historic Gem W/ Water Views Of Mystic Seaport & Lighthouse
Mystic, CT

This family-friendly Mystic vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Mystic Arts Center, Mystic Seaport, and Mystic Seaport - The Museum of America and the Sea. ...

5/5Exceptional! (51 reviews)
Perfect visit

"My family had a wonderful time - the house is beautiful, clean, warm and so conveniently located! Would stay again in a heartbeat! The owner is readily available for any questions you may have. Thank you so much!"…"

Reviewed on Jan 24, 2021

Downtown Historic Gem W/ Water Views Of Mystic Seaport & Lighthouse
Harbor View Landing, Mystic CT - The Cove Waterfront Cottage
Harbor View Landing, Mystic CT - The Cove Waterfront Cottage
Mystic, CT
The price is ¥31,951 per night from Mar 9 to Mar 10

Located in West Mystic, this romantic vacation home is within 2 mi (3 km) of Mystic Arts Center, Mystic Seaport, and Mystic Seaport - The Museum of America and ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)
Amazing

"The place was super cute! Very cozy and comfy; beautifully decorated and the hosts were wonderful! Downtown Mystic is right around the corner. Will definitely consider staying again!"…"

Reviewed on Jan 31, 2021

Harbor View Landing, Mystic CT - The Cove Waterfront Cottage
Harbor View Landing Mystic CT - The Mystic Waterfront House - Third Floor Only
Harbor View Landing Mystic CT - The Mystic Waterfront House - Third Floor Only
Mystic, CT
The price is ¥86,648 per night from Mar 9 to Mar 10

Located in West Mystic, this romantic vacation home is within 2 mi (3 km) of Mystic Arts Center, Mystic Seaport, and Mystic Seaport - The Museum of America and ...

Harbor View Landing Mystic CT - The Mystic Waterfront House - Third Floor Only
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Mystic

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4/5 - Good

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May 10, 2020

We couldn't go no where.was rain.but next time, we will.thanks.

5/5 - Excellent

CSmith

Mar 16, 2020

great happy hours, wonderful people, one of our favorite places

5/5 - Excellent

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Mar 5, 2020

Excellent overall

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 19, 2020

The aquarium and seaport tickets are valid for essentially 3 consecutive days or at least they were in February. Huge selling point that’s not openly advertised.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 3, 2020

Quaint

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 3, 2020

The front desk manager. Jacob

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