The Fields of Fire Adventure Park holds a lot of excitement. This adventure park focuses on aerial adventure like the rope climbing that is set amid the wooded forest and visitors can dare to complete the challenge. This adventure park also has live entertainment shows, field trips and rental facilities.
In operation from June through October, Mystic Whaler Cruises offer visitors to the southeastern Connecticut the opportunity to venture out into Long Island Sound on an authentic windjammer for one of their many cruises. Enjoy daytrips or three-day cruises, lobster dinners or have your own private event aboard the Mystic Whaler. Ports of call for the summer include Block Island, Newport, Shelter Island, Sag Harbor, Mystic, Cuttyhunk and Martha's Vineyard. During the autumn months, the Mystic Whaler calls Baltimore home where it sails around the Chesapeake Bay and along Maryland's shore.
The Sunbeam Fleet sails from Waterford where you can plan your next family or corporate outing on Long Island Sound. There are even public fishing day trips and overnight trips out on the water to the best spots for your big catch. If fishing isn't you thing, there are tours that you can participate in, such as the Lighthouse tour that takes you to Old Saybrook, Long Island and Cape Cod to see some of New England's finest lighthouses. Fans of sealife can enjoy the Harbor Seal Cruises, which offers three hours out on the water to see the creatures that inhabit the Sound. Or, climb aboard for a Fireworks Cruise to see some spectacular fireworks on one of the Sunbeam Fleet.
The Garde Arts Center in New London is housed in what used to be a movie theater and traditional theater that comfortably seats 1475 guests. Tours of popular Broadway shows make brief stop-overs here, but you can also catch seasonal performances, classical music concerts and children's theater throughout the year.
One of the best tourist attractions in the state, the USS Nautilus is the world's first nuclear powered submarine and the sub is open for visitors to explore the nooks and crannies of a 1950s sub docked along the Thames River. Marvel at the re-creation of David Bushnell's Turtle, a one-man, torpedo-launching submarine invented during the Revolutionary War; the inventor was from the nearby town of Westbrook. The Submarine Force Museum houses over 30,000 pieces of nautical memorabilia and the museum is actively maintained by the Navy.
Clyde's is the oldest steam powered cider mill in the country! Located just north of Olde Mistick Village, this popular attraction is best to visit during the beginning of fall when the apples are at their peak and the leaves are turning. There are free tours and demonstrations done on weekends in October and November. Clyde's is open from September to December only.
Mystic is a picturesque village located on its namesake river that divides the towns Groton and Stonington. It was established in 1654 and is a significant port in eastern Connecticut. Mystic is home to Mystic Seaport, one of the largest maritime museum's in the United States. The museum with its traditional 19th-century village layout, ship-filled harbor, and interactive exhibits throws light on the seaport's extensive seafaring and shipbuilding legacy. The 19th-century whaling ship, last of its fleet, Charles W. Morgan is docked here. Mystic's quaint small-town charm and unhurried pace of life combined with scenic vistas and a chance experience a maritime lifestyle draw visitors through the year. Among the top sights, the Mystic Aquarium and Olde Mistick Village are fun for all ages.
This public park is located in the heart of downtown Mystic, adjacent to the historic Bascule Bridge. The park features a scenic boardwalk along the river bank, fishing and picnic areas, a small dock, a playground for kids, and a pleasant green; perfect for a little rest and relaxation. Open air concerts are often organized at the Mystic River Park, most notable of which is the summer concert series. Surrounded by the many attractions and charming sights of downtown Mystic, the Mystic River Park attracts locals and visitors in equal measure.
Stretching across the namesake Mystic River, the Bascule Bridge is one of the most famous landmarks. Designed by Thomas Ellis Brown, this bridge's movable capacity is 218 feet (66 meters) in length and 85 feet (26 meters) in width. Pedestrians as well as vehicles are allowed to pass through this famous bridge.
Sabino is a wooden war boat that was launched in 1908 from what was known as the American mosquito fleet. Its historic importance earned it a National Historic Landmark designation in 1992. This small, coal-fired steamboat can be seen at the Mystic Seaport Museum, where visitors can take rides on it over the Mystic River. It is 57 feet (17 meters) in length and requires a crew of three. A quick tour on this ride is like time travel.
Finer Line Gallery & The Artware Store have something for everybody, from custom framing to fine art for your home or office to everyday art supplies. This Mystic art haven, which has been open for over 20 years, has a variety of art mediums to choose from and even offers art classes for those aspiring painters and artists. The knowledgeable staff is glad to help with any special order needs or beginner artist questions.