Welcome to Mystic, Connecticut!

10 Ways to Cool Off in Mystic

photo: Juan Espin IG @ecuamerican


Looking for ways to beat the heat this summer in Mystic? Here are our top ideas for cooling off!

1. I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!

cone from Mystic Drawbridge Ice Cream

Mystic and ice cream go hand in hand…Hard packed or soft serve, we’ve got you covered.

Mystic Drawbridge Ice Cream
Next to, you guessed it, the Mystic Drawbridge
2 W Main St, Mystic

Mystic Sweets & Ice Cream Shoppe
Also near the Mystic Drawbridge, just a few doors down
7 W Main St, Mystic

If you happen to be taking a hot and humid walk between “Uptown” (Olde Mistick Village, Aquairum) and Mystic Seaport or Downtown, stop here for some scoops.
135 Greenmanville Ave, Mystic

Sea Swirl
Famous for clam strips but offering a huge selection of soft and hard ice cream flavors, and with LARGE servings
30 Williams Ave

Mango’s Ice Cream
Homemade ice cream for a break from browsing the myriad shops at Olde Mistick Village
27 Coogan Blvd (Olde Mistick Village), Mystic


2. Get on the water with a paddle board or kayak

party board

Make a splash in the Mystic River by taking in all the New England charm from a kayak or paddle board available for rent by the hour in the heart of Downtown Mystic.

Places to rent:

Adventure Mystic
15 Holmes St, Mystic

Blue Heaven
2 Washtington St, Mystic


3. Check out the latest exhibit at Mystic Museum of Art

exhibit at Mystic Museum of Art

Break up your Downtown Mystic visit with a stop at the Mystic Museum of Art. Not only is this a free (donations accepted) activity, but it’s in an air conditioned building nestled on the banks of the Mystic River.

9 Water St, Mystic


4. Refresh with a Watermelon Slush or smoothie at Karma Kitchen

watermelon splash at Karma Kitchen

Everything is better with a cold drink in hand. Karma Kitchen‘s locally famous watermelon slush is the perfect summertime refreshment. Get your drink to go and enjoy in the Mystic River Park one block over.

15 Holmes St, Mystic


5. Swim the Indoor Pool at the YMCA

Indoor Pool at YMCA

Grab a day pass at the newly renovated Ocean Community YMCA – Mystic Branch.

Day pass pricing
$7/youth (ages 0-12)
$8/teen (ages 13-17)
$13/adult (ages 18+)

1 Harry Austin Dr, Mystic


6. Take a dip at Williams Beach

Williams Beach at YMCA

Let the sea set you free at Williams Beach!

1 Harry Austin Dr, Mystic


7. Catch a movie at Mystic Luxury Cinemas

The perfect retreat from the summer heat! Mystic Luxury Cinemas boasts big comfy chairs, air conditioning, cold drinks (even beer and wine)…doesn’t get much better than that! Located in charming Olde Mistick Village where you can also grab a bite and browse through shops.

27 Coogan Blvd, Mystic


8. Wander the indoor exhibits of Mystic Aquarium

shark at Mystic Aquarium

Stop in for the Sea lion show, sharks, sea horses and more indoor exhibits at Mystic Aquarium! Plenty to see inside.

55 Coogan Blvd, Mystic


9. Escape the Heat at Mystified

Escape the room at Mystified.

14 Clara Dr, Mystic


10. Take a cruise up the river with Mystic Boat Adventures in Noank

Yachts of fun to be had on these little boats! Mystic Boat Adventures offers river and sound cruises out of Noank. Drive your own boat!

145 Pearl St, Noank


And just outside of Mystic…

Splash away at The Dinosaur Place in Oakdale

Just about 20 minutes from Mystic, the splash pad at Dinosaur Place/Nature’s Art Village is a fun excursion for the whole family.

1650 Hartford-New London Turnpike, Oakdale

  1. Heather

    19 July

    Love the ideas – they all sound great!!

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