A Mystic Experience

This Connecticut town on long island sound has getaway appeal for all seasons

Author: By Traci L. Suppa
Posted: Monday, February 22, 2010

Just two hours away from the Hudson Valley, Mystic is a quintessential New England shore town. Though the beaches along Long Island Sound don’t open until Memorial Day, there are plenty of attractions and activities to make Mystic worth your while any month of the year. If time allows, set aside a few days to explore the greater “Mystic Country” region, which includes New London, Norwich, Storrs, Putnam and Woodstock.


Tall ships and beluga whales

The two largest and most popular attractions, the Mystic Seaport and the Mystic Aquarium, are open all year long. A 19th-century coastal village has been recreated at the Mystic Seaport, complete with general store, school, bank, and lighthouse. Tall ships and steamboats, including the 1841 Charles W. Morgan and the 1908 Sabino, line the waterfront, inviting exploration. Mysticseaport.org

Nearby, the Mystic Aquarium houses one of the largest outdoor Beluga whale exhibits in the U.S., accommodating up to 13 at a time. Current melon-headed residents Inuk, Kela and Naku squeak, smile, and charm young and old alike. The Institute for Exploration is part of the Aquarium, as well as an active oceanic research facility directed by Dr. Robert Ballard, famous for discovering the remains of the Titanic in 1985. Several multimedia exhibits showcase the findings of his deep-sea expeditions. Mysticaquarium.org


Traci L. Suppa is a travel writer living in Dutchess County. WordScapesny.com




Categories: Cool Places * Hot Trips,Travel

Tags: Mystic,Connecticut,Travel,Mystic Aquarium,Mystic Seaport

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