Destination guide

Creating maritime memories in Mystic

Full of family-friendly attractions and tons of shopping and dining options, Mystic is an action-packed vacation destination on the coast of Connecticut. The village has a rich heritage as a seaport on the Mystic River, and its maritime roots are preserved in museums, historic districts and preserved ships. Whether you prefer walking along the riverfront, checking out galleries and boutiques, or taking to the water for scenic boat tours, you'll find endless amusements here, and a wide range of Mystic vacation rentals to choose from, too, from modern condos to historic cottages near the most popular attractions.

Things to do

Uncovering Mystic's seafaring past

You'll need several days to explore all the family-friendly attractions Mystic has to offer, from museums and galleries to thrilling aerial adventures and escape rooms. Start at the Mystic Seaport, a large maritime museum on the waterfront, with dozens of historic buildings and a shipyard full of old vessels, some deemed National Historic Landmarks. The surrounding historic district is packed with places to shop and dine. While you're in the maritime mood, take the group over to the Mystic Aquarium to get a closer look at some fascinating sea life. Residents include beluga whales, sea lions and African penguins.

Activities

Waterfront fun in Mystic

One of the best ways to get a feel for the maritime vibes of Mystic is on a boat tour that introduces you to the landscape and heritage of this seafaring village. Several vendors in the area offer experiences that range from rides along the river and narrated excursions in the harbor to charters out to popular fishing and diving spots. If you're traveling without kids, why not opt for a romantic sunset cruise on the ocean, where you can witness the picturesque coastline painted in dramatic shades of orange and pink?

Weather

Sunny summers in Mystic

Summer brings a wave of visitors to Mystic, where the bright sunshine and warm afternoons invite long walks to explore the riverfront attractions, with a refreshing ice cream in hand. Daytime temperatures typically warm up into the 70s and 80s by late spring, and stay there until early fall, so boat rides out on the ocean are a pleasant endeavor for a few months of the year. If you visit in the heart of summer, you'll want to book your Mystic vacation rental early, though, as the season tends to be more popular, especially with families once schools let out.

Natural features

Get back to nature in picturesque Mystic

You don't have to wander far from the amenities of downtown Mystic to get back to nature. With the river running through the village, scattered parks just beyond the center and a number of offshore islands a short boat ride away, there are plenty of spots to explore. Head over to Haley Farm State Park and adjoining Bluff Point State Park for hiking trails and birding opportunities on more than 1,000 acres of coastal land. Bike paths here connect all the way back to the village and are convenient for heading out on cycling adventures from your Mystic vacation rental.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Mystic

Fly into New London, CT (GON-Groton - New London), the closest airport, located 4.4 mi (7.1 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you could book a flight to Fishers Island, NY (FID-Elizabeth Field), which is 7.7 mi (12.3 km) away.

If you prefer train travel, the main station serving the city is Mystic Station.

Where to stay around Mystic?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 488 vacation rentals near Mystic. From 321 Houses to 71 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Mystic for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Mystic?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Mystic:

  • West Mystic: 71 vacation rentals
  • Old Mystic: 345 vacation rentals
  • Misquamicut: 172 vacation rentals
  • Watch Hill: 100 vacation rentals
  • Niantic: 428 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Mystic?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Mystic. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Mystic Seaport: 156 vacation rentals
  • Mystic Aquarium and Institute for Exploration: 714 vacation rentals
  • Mystic River Bascule Bridge: 714 vacation rentals
  • Charles W. Morgan at Mystic Seaport: 721 vacation rentals
  • Mystic Seaport - The Museum of America and the Sea: 721 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Mystic listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Mystic?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 321 Houses in Mystic. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Mystic include:

  • Cottages: 71 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 71 rentals available
  • Cabins: 71 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Condos/Apartments and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Mystic?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 39 vacation rentals with pool available in Mystic. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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