Make the Most of Your Summer in Mystic

Summertime is finally upon us! With an abundance of outdoor activities, endless dining options, and shopping galore, Mystic, Connecticut is where you want to be. Check out our recommendations for a perfect Mystic summer along Connecticut’s beautiful shoreline.

Start your day off the right way with a leisurely paddleboard or kayak ride down the Mystic River. Adventure Mystic on Holmes Street in Downtown Mystic is the spot to go to for daily rentals from paddle boards to kayaks and multi speed bikes. Be sure to ask about their paddle board lessons so you can paddle like a pro in no time!

Mystic Seaport offers a rich background in maritime history, specific to New England. From top notch exhibits, themed events, exciting summer programs, and a charming replica of a seaport village from the past, the Mystic Seaport really has something to offer for everyone. If you are a Connecticut Resident, all children under 18 receive free admission!

Olde Mistick Village located just outside of Downtown Mystic offers an outdoor shopping experience that’s unique to Mystic and highlights small, locally owned businesses. With over forty shops and eateries, Olde Mistick Village has something for everyone to enjoy, from customizable gifts, natural skincare goods, and handmade Knick knacks to wood fired pizza, traditional German fare, and delectable baked goods.

When you need to refuel after all that walking and exploring, be sure to check out some of Mystics fabulous restaurants. Head over to Red 36 with a group of friends or your significant other for water views and an extensive all-day menu that offers a bit of everything from fresh seafood to flatbreads and burgers. And we can’t forget to mention their handcrafted cocktail menu that’s sure to please! If you’re in the mood for some top-notch Asian cuisine, make your way to Pink Basil located within Olde Mistick Village. Choose from dishes hailing from Japan, Korea, Vietnam, and Thailand and enjoy your meal under the string lights on their patio. Ambiance and a delicious meal? Sign us up!

Apart from the unique shops located at Olde Mistick Village, Downtown Mystic has several shops that everyone can enjoy! Mystic Knotwork, the first and oldest knotwork shop in the United States, has an array of nautical themed jewelry, home décor items, pet toys, and so much more. Check out their workshop on Cottrell Street for a real glimpse into the making of their famous knot designs! Be sure to make a trip to Bank Square Books on Main Street. Once inside it is easy to see why it is beloved by so many locals and visitors alike! Bank Square Books friendly staff is ready to help you find exactly what you’re looking for, and maybe even something you didn’t know you needed! Looking for a gift for a special guy in your life? Trove is Downtown Mystics one stop shop for gifts, games, accessories, and clothing all for him! Their unique and eclectic goods are sure to appeal to everyone.