Local Area Attractions
Mystic Aquarium and Institute for Exploration
The Mystic Aquarium is "where deep sea exploration comes to life." Visit seals, whales, sharks and even piranhas; if you long for a hands-on experience, visit the Ray Touch Pool. Above ground, one exhibit you won't want to miss is the "Hidden Amazon."
Project Oceanology is a hands-on education in marine science at a beautiful waterfront location. Go on a lighthouse expedition, an oceanographic research cruise or a seal watch! You’ll have so much fun, you’ll forget you’re learning. Call 860-445-9007 for schedules and reservations. Admission is charged. This attraction is located at the University of Connecticut Avery Point Campus in Groton, ten miles southwest of North Stonington.
Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center
The world's largest and most comprehensive Native American Museum and Research Center offers four acres of exhibits and two museums - one especially for children. Learn about the histories of all Native peoples in the United States and Canada.
Foxwoods - Operated by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, with the Pequot symbol including a tree guarded by a fox, Foxwoods is the largest casino in the world. Try your luck at the tables, enjoy a musical show, a champagne brunch, or a day at the spa.
Mohegan Sun - With more than 30 fine shops and boutiques and another three dozen restaurants including the upscale Bamboo Forest, Mohegan Sun will keep you satisfied whether you want to experience the thrill of the roulette wheel or the relaxation of a day at the spa.
You can ride a ferry to get somewhere or you can ride a ferry to enjoy the fresh air and scenery. The Chester-Hadlyme Ferry carries vehicles and passengers across the Connecticut River from April 1 through November 30. Call 860-443-3856 for schedules. The Cross Sound Ferry carries vehicles and passengers from New London to Long Island year round. Call 860-443-5281 for schedules. The New London - Montauk Ferry is a passenger and bicycle only ride. Call 631-668-5700 for schedules.
Connecticut College Arboretum
The Arboretum is a living laboratory; 750 acres of gardens, forests, meadows and wetlands. Enjoy the Campus landscape with its trees and shrubs from around the world; the Native Plant Collection with its pond and walking trails; the Wildflower Garden and much more. Open every day from sunrise to sunset. Free guided tours Sundays at 2:00 p.m. from May - October. Admission is charged. The Arboretum is located in New London, 15 miles west of North Stonington.
Misquamicut Beach has sun, sand and surf! The seven miles of unspoiled beaches here are a great place for the whole family to play. The amusement park has an old-fashioned carousel, rides, go-carts and more! Eat the best seafood in area restaurants and take in the nightlife after the sun goes down. The Beach is located eight miles southeast of North Stonington.
Ocean Beach Park
Ocean Beach Park is fun in the sun! This beautiful sugar sand beach has it all - a long boardwalk, waterslide, outdoor pool, playground, arcade, nature walk and a very wide beach to play on. Plus there are restaurants and live entertainment for you to enjoy. There are lifeguards on duty and a fee to access the beach. Ocean Beach Park is located in New London, 15 miles west of North Stonington.
Daniel Packer Inne was built in 1756. This historic restaurant overlooks the banks of the Mystic River. Whether dining in the restaurant for upscale American cuisine, or eating in the pub with its relaxed charm and nightly live music, this dining experience should not be missed. Call (860) 536-3555. $10-$30
Bravo Bravo is a progressive Italian bistro and bar that offers an intimate dining experience in a sophisticated setting. Menu favorites include homemade lobster ravioli, pecan crusted pork, crab cakes and stuffed veal. Call (860) 536-3228. $10 or less to $30
S & P Oyster Company is nestled in the historic district. The quaint dining room offers diners views of the Mystic River from every table. Call (860) 536-2674. $10-$30
Steak Loft is Connecticut Magazine's Readers' Choice Award winner for best steak every year since 1983. The loft serves up fresh seafood and Angus beef with a hearty salad from the salad bar with every meal. Call (860) 536-2661. $10 or less to $30
Mystic Pizza is world-famous for "Slice of Heaven" pizza. It has exploded in sales and popularity following the successful 1988 movie of the same name. Call (860) 536-3700. $10 or less to $30