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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

Aquarium
“Located in Mystic, the aquarium is known for it's three playful beluga whales and large outdoor penguin habitat. It also has a stingray and shark petting zoo, daily sea lion demonstrations, and Imax Theater onsite. ”
  • 54 locals recommend
Gift Shop
“There are many things to do in the town of Mystic. There is the Seaport which features a historic park with details about early colonial life. The Mayflower II leaves Plymouth, and is stored in the Mystic Seaport during winter. There is also the Mystic Aquarium, which has a variety of sealife and a lotus pond. The town has many restaurants and shops. ”
  • 68 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“Home to the infamous Taylor Swift! Catch a glimpse while browsing the shops or taking a walk to the lighthouse. Also be sure to check out The Ocean House and if you have littles ones, The Flying Horse Carousel is the oldest operating carousel in the US in which the horses are suspended from chains. This is conveniently located next to St. Clare's Annex which has the best homemade ice cream in the area. Olympia Tea Room has great dinner with great views as well!”
  • 24 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“Created by the same owners of The Oyster Club, this is another great dining spot in Mystic. Engine Room is a gastropub specializing in craft beers, bourbon, and burgers! They feature sixteen craft beers on tap, the area’s largest bourbon selection, craft cocktails, a full wine list and a menu of locally sourced, creative American comfort food, with a focus on America’s most beloved dish, the burger. Great space and they often host fun events and happenings.”
  • 28 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Great spot with a large outdoor deck, perfect for enjoying the weather. Lots on the menu to please all diners!”
  • 27 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“Busy downtown includes quality clothing, home goods, books, antiques and more. Park and walk.”
  • 19 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Best restaurant in town. Fresh and interesting food. If you want to have a special meal, this is the place.”
  • 24 locals recommend
Toy / Game Store
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“Must try once to say you did! This nostalgic pizza spot that inspired the 1988 film 'Mystic Pizza' starring Julia Roberts, serves up pies in a memorabilia-filled space.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Bakery
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“Sift is a French focused bakery located in historic downtown Mystic, CT. The bakeshop, owned and operated by Pastry Chef Adam Young, features a wide variety of artisanal breads, breakfast pastries and sweet and savory delights. In the Summer they serve beer and wine on their newly built outdoor patio. ”
  • 19 locals recommend
Bar
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“200 year old historic building with great pub food and fine dining for dinner-fireplaces, great drinks.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Shopping in a reproduction of an antique village. Shops, restaurants, and movie theater. ”
  • 13 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Whether you sit indoors, upstairs or outside on the garden patio, you will enjoy the best views in town! Large windows open up to the Mystic River and Bascule Bridge. S&P has more to offer than seafood…check out their steaks, salads and specials, plus a full bar. ”
  • 18 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Mystic Museum of Art, a part of the Connecticut art scene for 100 years, is a place where culture, tradition, and the charm of small town New England converge. ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“This gem of an restaurant is probably the most popular among locals and with good reason. Bravo Bravo features fresh Italian cuisine at its finest! Hip and trendy vibe with amazing craft cocktails and wine. Some outdoor seating and breezy open air design.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Aquarium
“Nice family activity, shows, a variety of sea life and we love the penguins!”
  • 9 locals recommend
Bar
“By the water, very unique and scenic! Reservations required for Saturday’s. Live entertainment on certain days.”
  • 10 locals recommend