Six (other) cool things to see in Mystic (off the beaten path)
The Aquarium is great, the Mystic Seaport Museum is awesome, and you gotta take a selfie under the Mystic Pizza sign (“a slice of heaven”). OK, but that ain’t everything by a long shot. We do walking and food tours around town, and depending on your area of interest, here are nine OTHER cool things to do around town.
- Stroll Gravel Street. Also known as “Captain’s Way”, this quiet street along the River is historic homes, amazing river views, and rich with history. Views include the Bascule Bridge, Mystic Seaport Museum and Schooner Wharf.
- Stroll Holmes Street. Across the river from Gravel Street is equally scenic Holmes Street that features great views, but also the cool shops in Schooner Wharf, and some places to grab a pastry, a juice, or a craft beer!
- Barley Head is a “nano-brewery” on Water Street. The beer menu changes literally every week and the atmosphere is awesomely cool (only open Thursday – Sunday).
- Bank Square is the corner of West Main and Water and features 3 great kitty-corner spots: The Finer Line Gallery (maritime art), Bank Square Books (awesome independent bookstore) and Bartleby’s Coffee shop.
- Mystic Noank Library was built in 1893 by a Elihu Spicer (who’s mansion is across the street), take a 30 second walk inside to see how a ship builder builds a library….it’s worth it.
- Fort Rachel Point is way down at the end of Water Street along the river. The bluff above it is where local hero Jeremiah Holmes led a cannon crew that repulsed a British raid in the War of 1812. On the way, you can see a 1700’s pub (the Daniel Packer Inn), and the swiveling railroad bridge across the river.