The small village of Mystic in southeast Connecticut is the perfect spot in for a family day or a Connecticut weekend getaway. It is full of history but also has a small, quaint downtown on the Mystic River, the nation’s largest maritime museum, and a world-class aquarium. Read on for things to do in Mystic, Connecticut.
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- 1 Interact with Sea Animals at Mystic Aquarium
- 2 Where to Eat in Mystic, Connecticut
Interact with Sea Animals at Mystic Aquarium
As evidenced by my Halloween costume this year, I love jellyfish, and we spend a lot of time at Jellies: The Ocean in Motion Exhibit. Did you know that moon jellies become the color of the food they eat, like flamingos?
One of our favorite things to do at Mystic Aquarium is to feed and pet the stingrays. They are so excited to get the food that they come right up so that you get a lot of hands-on stingray experience.
The absolute best experiences we have had at Mystic Aquarium are their encounters. We have had the privilege of working with the trainers and meet the animals up-close. We have done the Penguin Encounter and Whales Up-Close in which we got to help train and touch a beluga.
Learn about the US Maritime Roots at the Mystic Seaport
Mystic Seaport is a living history museum of a colonial seaport town complete with costumed actors, merchants, artisan shops and a working shipyard. They also have real historic ships that you can tour and a lighthouse. It will take you a day to explore this ticketed park.
Explore Olde Mistick Village
Shop modern stores in a colonial setting right near the aquarium.
Shop and Eat on Main Street
I highly recommend waiting along Main Street until you can see the drawbridge go up and down. Those colossal concrete blocks come swinging down, and it is quite a sight! It is even better if you can watch it while you eat some ice cream.
Where to Eat in Mystic, Connecticut
19 East Main Street
Bravo Bravo is one of the best upscale restaurants in Connecticut. With big windows overlooking Main Street and a modern menu, you are in for a great meal at Bravo Bravo. With their bread, be sure to try the caper blossoms, salty goodness that pops in your mouth.
2 Washington Street
Upscale seafood in Mystic’s harbor provides excellent water views.
14 Holmes St
Casual southern-inspired American food with an extensive bourbon and craft beer selection. Think high-top tables.
The Steak Loft
Check out the salad bar in this old-school family restaurant in Olde Mistick Village.