Destination guide

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.

Activities

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.

Weather

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 features

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.

Transport

Transportation to and around Old Lyme

The nearest airport is in New London, CT (GON-Groton - New London), located 14.7 mi (23.6 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you might consider flying into Fishers Island, NY (FID-Elizabeth Field), which is 17.1 mi (27.6 km) away.

Where to stay around Old Lyme?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 350 vacation rentals near Old Lyme. From 213 Houses to 104 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Old Lyme for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

Can I rent Houses in Old Lyme?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 213 Houses in Old Lyme. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Old Lyme include:

  • Cottages: 104 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 104 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 21 rentals available

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

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Old Lyme?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 21 vacation rentals with pool available in Old Lyme. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.