Best tours in Old Lyme

Check out the top tours in Old Lyme, reviewed and ranked by the city’s locals
1. Mystic Seaport Museum
1. Mystic Seaport Museum
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74 local reviews
75 Greenmanville Ave, Stonington
Closed · Opens Tuesday 9:00 AM
+1 860-572-0711
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Katie & Jon
America's museum of the sea! You could easily spend all day or all weekend here. They have many collections…
Lyndsey
The largest maritime museum in the world. 17 acres of living history— Includes a 19th century village,…
Will
The Seaport is within easy walking distance and has a lot of interactive exhibits. Get an afternoon lesson on…
1. Mystic Seaport Museum
1. Mystic Seaport Museum
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74 local reviews
75 Greenmanville Ave, Stonington
Closed · Opens Tuesday 9:00 AM
+1 860-572-0711
Katie & Jon
Katie & Jon
America's museum of the sea! You could easily spend all day or all weekend here. They have many collections and exhibits. Check ahead to see…
Lyndsey
Lyndsey
The largest maritime museum in the world. 17 acres of living history— Includes a 19th century village, preservation shipyard (our neighbor),…
Will
Will
The Seaport is within easy walking distance and has a lot of interactive exhibits. Get an afternoon lesson on the Mystic River printing…
2. Gillette Castle State Park
2. Gillette Castle State Park
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16 local reviews
Gillette Castle State Park, East Haddam
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Jess
If you are here in the summer, you don't want to miss this place! Lots of trails, but also tons of history! …
Carol
A bizarre stone castle overlooking the beautiful Connecticut River. Built by William Gillette, eccentric actor…
Saralyn
Beautiful state park with one of the few castles in Connecticut. Entrance to the park is free, and a paid tour…
2. Gillette Castle State Park
2. Gillette Castle State Park
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16 local reviews
Gillette Castle State Park, East Haddam
Jess
Jess
If you are here in the summer, you don't want to miss this place! Lots of trails, but also tons of history! This "castle" overlooks the CT…
Carol
Carol
A bizarre stone castle overlooking the beautiful Connecticut River. Built by William Gillette, eccentric actor who played Sherlock Holmes in…
Saralyn
Saralyn
Beautiful state park with one of the few castles in Connecticut. Entrance to the park is free, and a paid tour of the castle is available.
3. USS Nautilus
3. USS Nautilus
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10 local reviews
1 Crystal Lake Road, Groton
Closed · Opens Wednesday 9:00 AM
+1 860-694-3174
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Randall
I you're in New London for a short time, this will be your only chance to get a guided tour of the Navy's…
David R Carolyn D
"Big Kids" and "Little Kids" alike will enjoy the submarine museum and a self-paced tour through the USS…
Roxy
If you like history this shows you history of the submarines and even get to tour one.
3. USS Nautilus
3. USS Nautilus
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10 local reviews
1 Crystal Lake Road, Groton
Closed · Opens Wednesday 9:00 AM
+1 860-694-3174
Randall
Randall
I you're in New London for a short time, this will be your only chance to get a guided tour of the Navy's first nuclear powered submarine…
David R Carolyn D
David R Carolyn D
"Big Kids" and "Little Kids" alike will enjoy the submarine museum and a self-paced tour through the USS Nautilus submarine. Plan 2 hours.
Roxy
Roxy
If you like history this shows you history of the submarines and even get to tour one.
4. Stony Creek Beach
4. Stony Creek Beach
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5 local reviews
Stony Creek Beach, Branford
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Ed And Linda
Stony Creek in Branford is like an artist's colony. Visit the beach, take the tour boat, but also be sure to…
Gail
Great summer playground. Wonderful beach and if you have time take a tour aboard the Sea Mist around the…
Sarah
Cute town, little cafe, access to thimble island tours, small beach
4. Stony Creek Beach
4. Stony Creek Beach
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5 local reviews
Stony Creek Beach, Branford
Ed And Linda
Ed And Linda
Stony Creek in Branford is like an artist's colony. Visit the beach, take the tour boat, but also be sure to stop in to the various shops…
Gail
Gail
Great summer playground. Wonderful beach and if you have time take a tour aboard the Sea Mist around the Thimble Islands. Sunsets are…
Sarah
Sarah
Cute town, little cafe, access to thimble island tours, small beach
5. Thimble Islands Ferry Service
5. Thimble Islands Ferry Service
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4 local reviews
4 Indian Point Rd, Branford
(203) 483-6659
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Elizabeth
If you come during the warmer months, you must take a guided cruise through the Thimble Islands. You can see…
Liisa
Spectacular archipelago of small islands with large summer houses of nearby coast. Fun tour full of stories of…
Bob
Thimble Island Tour boats. Cruise the historic and enchanted islands of Branford
5. Thimble Islands Ferry Service
5. Thimble Islands Ferry Service
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4 local reviews
4 Indian Point Rd, Branford
(203) 483-6659
Elizabeth
Elizabeth
If you come during the warmer months, you must take a guided cruise through the Thimble Islands. You can see them from the beach in front…
Liisa
Liisa
Spectacular archipelago of small islands with large summer houses of nearby coast. Fun tour full of stories of past pirate days and famous…
Bob
Bob
Thimble Island Tour boats. Cruise the historic and enchanted islands of Branford
6. New London Maritime Society - Custom House Maritime Museum
6. New London Maritime Society - Custom House Maritime Museum
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3 local reviews
150 Bank St, New London
Closed · Opens Wednesday 1:00 PM
+1 860-447-2501
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Katie & Jon
Rotating exhibits on the whaling city of New London. They also maintain local lighthouses and have collections…
Diane
Lovely small museum in historic Custom House, loaded with history and events. You can sign up for a Saturday…
6. New London Maritime Society - Custom House Maritime Museum
6. New London Maritime Society - Custom House Maritime Museum
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3 local reviews
150 Bank St, New London
Closed · Opens Wednesday 1:00 PM
+1 860-447-2501
Katie & Jon
Katie & Jon
Rotating exhibits on the whaling city of New London. They also maintain local lighthouses and have collections on them. Friendly and helpful…
Diane
Diane
Lovely small museum in historic Custom House, loaded with history and events. You can sign up for a Saturday Light House tour here.
7. Hempsted Houses
7. Hempsted Houses
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2 local reviews
11 Hempstead St, New London
(860) 443-7949
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Katie & Jon
The 1678 Joshua Hempsted House in New London is one of New England’s oldest and most well documented…
7. Hempsted Houses
7. Hempsted Houses
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2 local reviews
11 Hempstead St, New London
(860) 443-7949
Katie & Jon
Katie & Jon
The 1678 Joshua Hempsted House in New London is one of New England’s oldest and most well documented dwellings. Adjacent to the Joshua…
8. New london harbor lighthouse (pequot lighthouse)
8. New london harbor lighthouse (pequot lighthouse)
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2 local reviews
800 Pequot Ave, New London
(860) 447-2501
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Katie & Jon
The lighthouse is best seen from a boat on the river as it sits on private property. The Custom House Maritime…
8. New london harbor lighthouse (pequot lighthouse)
8. New london harbor lighthouse (pequot lighthouse)
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2 local reviews
800 Pequot Ave, New London
(860) 447-2501
Katie & Jon
Katie & Jon
The lighthouse is best seen from a boat on the river as it sits on private property. The Custom House Maritime Museum in downtown New London…
9. The Thimbles
9. The Thimbles
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2 local reviews
The Thimbles, Branford
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Ed And Linda
Tour boats leave from Stony Creek in Branford to head out around the 100+ Thimble Islands. Take a tour and…
Willard
Take a cruise on the Sea Mist and discover the beauty of the Thimble Islands. 45 minute tour leaves on the…
9. The Thimbles
9. The Thimbles
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2 local reviews
The Thimbles, Branford
Ed And Linda
Ed And Linda
Tour boats leave from Stony Creek in Branford to head out around the 100+ Thimble Islands. Take a tour and enjoy the captain's description…
Willard
Willard
Take a cruise on the Sea Mist and discover the beauty of the Thimble Islands. 45 minute tour leaves on the hour. Check availability.