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Mystic, Connecticut: A Maritime Town with a Rich History

Jun 21, 2023


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Mystic Connecticut is about a 20 minute ride from the Elms Retirement Residence. During the summer months, we organize regularly scheduled resident activities that include day trips to nearby Mystic.

For those who may not know: Mystic is a charming town located on the Mystic River, just east of New London. The town is known for its maritime history, and is home to a number of popular tourist attractions, including:

Mystic Seaport Museum: This living history museum is a great place to learn about the maritime history of the region. The museum features a variety of exhibits, including a recreated 19th-century seaport, a shipyard, and a whaleship.

Mystic Aquarium: This world-renowned aquarium is home to over 3,500 marine animals, including sharks, penguins, and beluga whales. The aquarium offers a variety of educational exhibits and programs, as well as a marine mammal show.

Olde Mistick Village: This historic village is a great place to shop for souvenirs, dine at local restaurants, or simply wander around and enjoy the atmosphere. The village is home to a number of shops, restaurants, and inns, as well as a carousel and a miniature golf course.

Mystic River Bascule Bridge: This iconic bridge is a popular spot for photography. The bridge lifts to allow tall ships to pass through.

Charles W. Morgan: This historic whaling ship is the oldest surviving wooden whaleship in the world. The ship is now a museum, and visitors can take tours and learn about the history of whaling.

In addition to these popular attractions, Mystic also has a number of other things to offer visitors, including:

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Historic Downtown Mystic: The downtown area is home to a number of charming shops, restaurants, and art galleries.

Mystic Arts Center: This art museum features a variety of rotating exhibits, as well as a sculpture garden.

Mystic River Park: This park offers stunning views of the Mystic River and the Connecticut coastline. The park is a popular spot for fishing, picnicking, and hiking.

There is a lot for our residents to see and do in the Westerly area and The Elms is dedicated to regularly scheduled enrichment activites. From Fall foliage tours to fun Summer day trips; our residents enjoy some of the best Southern New England has to offer!

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