Much More Than Its History

Much More Than Its History
The first time I visited Mystic, CT I was very taken by its history:  There's the Seaport, with it's 19th century village and tall ships.  The town itself is loaded with historic homes and buildings, and then of course the drawbridge (which opens every hour in season).  But if you go beyond the history, there's even more to offer a visitor.  Plenty of nature abounds, including a hike in the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center, or just observing the wildlife along the river that gave the town its name.  Of course, there's the area's other big attraction:  The Mystic Aquarium (don't miss the penguins).Shopping and dining are also great:  The village right off the highway is a bit touristy, but downtown Mystic is loaded with specialty shops, and nearby Stonington Village offers even more eclectic shopping experiences.Restaurants offer a variety of dining choices, including Mystic Pizza (named for the movie), and plenty of New England clam shacks. Those looking for a more refined dining experience will find plenty of delicious opportunities, as well.  And for dessert - well don't miss Mystic Drawbridge Icecream, with their unique flavors made right there on site!You'll need a few days to do it all, and definitely bring the kids - they'll love it too!