Made famous in the classic 1988 film Mystic Pizza, Mystic, Connecticut has a rich maritime history and is an alluring quintessential New England town. Tucked away along the Long Island Sound and Mystic River, this town is charming, picturesque, and delightful in every sense of the word. And while it offers a wonderful respite from the hustle and bustle of a large city, there are actually plenty of things to do in Mystic. With sights and attractions galore plus all of the wonderful places to do some shopping or dining, we are going to dive right in and give you some ideas on how to make a perfect weekend getaway or a day trip to Mystic, Connecticut.

If you’ve ever been curious about what this endearing part of Connecticut has to offer, consider this your Mystic travel guide. I’ll share some of the best activities in Mystic, including some of my personal favorites. This is a wonderful getaway destination for anyone. Not only is it scenic but the Mystic attractions are ones that visitors of all ages will remember and enjoy. Now, let’s find out why we selected Mystic as part of our Small Town Getaway series!

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Is Mystic Worth Visiting?

With its coastal allure, picturesque downtown, and an array of sights and activities, Mystic is absolutely worth visiting. It also has that New England charm that people from all over the country (and the world!) dream of experiencing. If that’s a dream come true for you, perhaps a weekend getaway or even a day trip to Mystic should be planned. But first, a little bit of history!

How To Get To Mystic

If you live in New England or the tri-state area, Mystic is quite easy to get to. While you may have to drive a couple of hours, it’s a road trip well worth taking. Located about two hours from Boston, under an hour from Providence, and three hours from New York City, you can easily take a day trip to Mystic or, better yet, take a weekend getaway!


Getting Around Mystic

If you have a car, great! If not, there are other ways to get around Mystic. While there is a bus that services the town, you may want to use a ride-share app like Uber or Lyft instead.

Best Time To Visit Mystic

Depending on what you’re looking for, any time of the year is great to visit Mystic. Each season brings something special to the town. While the summer is the most popular time, you’ll find Mystic less crowded and with cooler temperatures in the fall, winter, and spring.


Where To Stay In Mystic

For accommodations in Mystic, you have your choice of vacation rentals, historic B&Bs, and hotel chains. It really depends on what your budget is and what you’re looking for in terms of amenities and location.


Day One – Mystic Seaport & Mystic Pizza

Ready to begin your getaway in Mystic, Connecticut? If you’re looking for what to do in Mystic, here are a few options for Day One. We will start with a hearty breakfast before heading out to explore the scenic and historic Mystic Seaport. And our day will end with dinner at Mystic Pizza. Sound good? I think so!


Day Two – Mystic Aquarium & Olde Mystick Village

Now it’s time for our second day here. Are you ready to get the day started with another delicious breakfast? You can certainly go back to Kitchen Little or try our next suggestion.


Whether it’s a weekend getaway you need or you just have time for a day trip, there are so many things to do in Mystic that make it a wonderful destination! Have you been to Mystic, Connecticut before? If so, what were some of your favorite Mystic attractions and restaurants? We’d love to know!

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