Old Lyme, CT, USA

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Old Lyme, CT, USA

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Old Lyme provides families with history and fun

Old Lyme vacation rentals stand at the crossroads of history, recreation, and culture. Settled in 1636, the area was home to famous Revolutionary War leaders, and later on to sea captains and ship builders. The town has been an artist colony since the turn of the 20th century, making it a great place for Impressionist art exhibits and buying one-of-a-kind keepsakes on historic Old Lyme Streets. Old Lyme boasts many sites on the National Register of Historic Places and was a stop on the Underground Railroad. A wide array of inviting outdoor activities makes Old Lyme a wonderful destination for families.

Get moving in Old Lyme

Families can enjoy many outdoor activities in Old Lyme by visiting the Long Island Sound, the Connecticut River, recreational areas, and state parks. Hikers of all abilities have a choice of trails and nature walks, from the wide, flat-surfaced loop through Elizabeth Karter Watch Rock Nature Preserve to the rugged Lohmann-Buck-Twining Preserve, which culminates in a spectacular view of Long Island Sound. There’s kid-approved fishing at Rogers Lake and Uncas Pond, crabbing off the pier at Ferry Landing State Park, and birdwatching on Goose Island. Rocky sand and good swimming make Sound View Beach a popular destination.

Explore history and art in Old Lyme

When staying at Old Lyme vacation rentals, be sure to check out the many historical stops in the area. The Connecticut Freedom Trail crosses the state with over 120 buildings, grave sites, and landmarks associated with the Underground Railroad. The Steven Peck House was once a safe haven for fugitive slaves. Stroll through history on Lyme Street, the 1½-mile stretch along the Old Boston Post Road, where pre-Revolutionary architecture is mixed with boutiques and eateries. The Florence Griswold Museum, birthplace of the Old Lyme Art Colony, boasts a collection by America’s early Impressionists and is just one of many cultural attractions in Old Lyme.

Plunge into the seasons in Old Lyme

The Old Lyme climate is technically between the New England and Middle Atlantic zones. In terms of weather, though, it skews closer to the latter. April is warm and pleasant, and then things start to heat up. If swimming and water activities are your thing, your best bet for Old Lyme vacation rentals is summer, when water temperatures hover around the low 70s—perfect for ‘keeping your cool.’ Late October, which is brisk and cool, is prime for watching the leaves change colors.

Natural beauty in Old Lyme

Set between the Connecticut River and a 14-mile stretch of the Long Island Sound, the natural environment of Old Lyme is a collection of wetlands: shoreline, tidal marshes, streams, estuaries, and tiny islands, much of them undeveloped and protected. Rocky Neck State Park draws families to its white sand beach, clear water, diverse nature trails, campsites, and forest area. Popular activities include swimming, picnicking, crabbing, and saltwater fishing for striped bass and flounder. Visitors can spy osprey, cranes, herons, and mute swans, depending on the season.