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Attractions in Mystic Connecticut offer indoor and outdoor fun

Onrust at the Dock - Connecticut River Museum - Essex, CT
Connecticut River Museum

67 Main Street, Steamboat Dock Essex, CT, 06426 Phone: 860-767-8269

Lots of fun things to do and see both inside and outside at this educational river museum

Take a cruise aboard a replica of America’s first yacht, examine the very small interior of the Turtle, the first submarine to be used in combat in 1776, and examine historical artifacts and artwork at the Connecticut River Museum, a cultural center for activities and exhibits about the river and the river valley. Museum exhibits explore everything from the history of the river and its Native American communities to a look at the era of speed racing on the river, from 1900 to 1940. You can take an afternoon or evening cruise on the Onrust, a re-creation of a 1614 sailing vessel built in Manhattan, making it the country’s first yacht, or spy an osprey or eagle from the deck of the eco-tour boat RiverQuest.
Steam Into Spring - Essex Steam Train & Riverboat - Essex, CT
Essex Steam Train & Riverboat

One Railroad Avenue Essex, CT, 06426 Phone: 860-767-0103 Toll-Free: 800-377-3987

The best of both worlds, on land and on the water, are part of this exciting attraction

At Essex Steam Train & Riverboat, they really do offer the best of both worlds: one-of-a-kind experiences on the water and on railroad tracks! Board the train at historic Essex Station and take a train journey through the picturesque Connecticut River Valley on board lovingly restored 1920s-era Pullman coaches pulled by steam engines. When you get to Deep River, you can board the Becky Thatcher, a 150-passenger Mississippi-style riverboat, for a cruise on the river, past scenic coves, inlets and rocky shores, watching for wildlife. Then return to Essex via train. Or, just take a round-trip train ride or book an elegant four-course meal on the dinner train. Lunch items, snacks and beverages are also available at the Trackside Cafe and on the riverboat. Please check our website for current train & riverboat schedules.
Cruising off Rathbuns New - Argia Mystic Cruises - Mystic, CT
Argia Mystic Cruises

75 Steamboat Wharf Mystic, CT, 06355 Phone: 860-536-0416

Explore New England's coast aboard a traditional sailing ship

Return to the romantic Age of Sail aboard the 81-foot schooner Argia. She is a US Coast Guard-inspected vessel and one of the last sailing ships in New England. Departing from Mystic CT, the ship sails in Fishers Island Sound, a calm, protected body of water, from May to mid-October. Bask in the sun on her spacious wooden deck while you sail past the seafaring village of Mystic, the surrounding islands, and historic lighthouses. Delight in quirky sea stories of the area, told by the crew and Captain of Argia. Feel free to bring your own picnic and beverages. Wine and beer are permitted. Enjoy a 2 hour day-sail, or experience the romance of the sea at twilight with a sunset sail.
Big Fish 500x250 - Black Hawk Party Boat - Niantic, CT
Blackhawk Sport Fishing

Sailing from the Niantic Bay Marina Niantic, CT, 06357 Phone: 860-448-3662 Toll-Free: 800-382-2824

Let this sport-fishing service show you the very best of what’s below, and above, the sea

Starting in early May, Blackhawk Sport Fishing provides the kind of fishing and sightseeing experiences that continue to make it one of Connecticut’s favorite party boats. Clean, comfortable and meticulously maintained, the Black Hawk is one of the fastest vessels of its kind in New England, and one of the most well-equipped to find fish, from blue fish and stripers to sea bass, cod and fluke. Mates will fillet and clean your catch for you to take home or donate to a local soup kitchen or food bank. For those interested more in what’s above sea level, there are a variety of sightseeing cruises, including trips to view sunsets, fireworks, seals and eagles. A galley serves hotdogs, burgers, snacks and beverages. Private charters are available.
Kid Fun, Unique Cuisine, Ocean View - Stay in Warwick, See Rhode Island!
Atractions Outdoor Adventure - The Dinosaur Place at Nature's Art Village - Oakdale CT
The Dinosaur Place at Nature's Art Village

1650 Hartford-New London Tpke. (Rt. 85) Oakdale, CT, 06370 Phone: 860-443-4367

Water park, playground, mini-golf course and dino trail all rolled into one exciting attraction

A Splash Pad, a challenging maze, a fun state-of-the-art playground, mini golf, a climbing tower — and dinosaurs! The Dinosaur Place at Nature’s Art Village really does have something for everyone. When you’re done shooting water cannons and climbing across balance-beam bridges and sinking that perfect putt, there are still dinosaurs to see — over 60 of them, life-sized, positioned along an easy-to-walk nature trail. Other activities include digging for gems at Jackpot Mine, panning for fools gold nuggets at Thunder Creek and heading over to Lapilli Landing for the equestrian-themed pedal-car track and Lucky Leroy train ride. Grab a burger or a hot dog at Monty’s Munchies, or bring your own picnic! And don’t go home without a treasure from the many shops offering fossils, crystals, beads, toys and trinkets.
Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center - Ledyard, CT - Photo Credit Mashantucket Pequot Museum
Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center

110 Pequot Trail Ledyard, CT, 06338 Phone: 860-396-6910 Toll-Free: 800-411-9671

Permanent exhibits on the Native and natural history of southern New England include a cool descent into a glacial crevasse from 18,000 years ago. Walk through a 1550 Pequot Village. Interactive computer programs, films providing additional information and interpretation of the exhibits. Two research libraries, one for children. Museum store and restaurant.
Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 9am - 5pm.
Admission: Adults $22, Seniors & Students with ID $17, Youths 6-17 $13, Children under 6 Free.