Is it raining on your beach and boating plans? You can always enjoy fantastic shopping and eating but here are some unique Mystic rainy day things to do.
Mystic Luxury Cinemas
Enjoy first-run movies in reclining seats while consuming your favorite snack or beverage. Check website for special pricing.
27 Coogan Blvd (Olde Mistick Village) Mystic
Mystic Museum of Art
Mystic Museum of Art on the scenic Mystic River provides varied and changing art displays in various mediums in a beautiful building. Paid admission is voluntary.
9 Water St, Mystic
Mystic Noank Library
Mystic Noank Library was built in 1892 by Captain Elihu Spicer of ornate brick, granite, and red sandstone with a gold exterior, red roof and trim. Italian tile mosaic floors, stained glass, and an extensive local history section are just a few reasons to visit. The gorgeous second story vaulted oak ceiling resembles the hulls of Captain Spicer’s ships. Books, magazines, and quiet entertainment for all ages.
40 Library St, Mystic (parking lot and entrance are on Elm St)
Board and Brush
Board and Brush inspires your inner artist in workshops where you’ll produce your own farmhouse-style inspirational wood sign, canvas pillow, terra cotta pot or other home décor. Come alone or bring friends.
80 Stonington Rd. (Rt. 1) Stonington
Captain Nathaniel B. Palmer House Museum (Stonington)
Captain Nathaniel B. Palmer House Museum invites you into the lives of two sea captains including Nathanial Palmer who discovered the Antactic Peninsula at age 21 from his 47 foot sailboat and also designed clipper ships. Gorgeous harbor views from the cupola.
40 Palmer St, Stonington
Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center
Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center has 10 miles of hiking trails through woods, meadows, and on low walkways over wetlands which can be fun in a light rain. Indoor displays depict woodlands, wetland, and meadows. Live fish, frogs, turtles and snakes share space with injured wild animals who are rehabilitated and returned to the wild, whenever possible.
109 Pequotsepos Rd, Mystic
Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center (Ledyard)
Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center provides a spectactular walk through a life-sized display of everyday Pequot life before European influence. Unparalleled displays of Native American culture are inviting and hands-on demonstrations are often available. Plan to include a meal of traditional and contemporary Native-American food.
110 Pequot Trail, Ledyard
Touch a ray or gentle shark, feel the splash of a Beluga whale, explore Jurrassic Giants and “sea” more than you thought possible. Many vivid indoor exhibits house creature big (sharks!) and small. Watch a delightful sea lion show and exclusive movies. Plan ahead for your own “Penguin Encounter.”
55 Coogan Blvd, Mystic
Sparetime Bowling (Groton)
Sparetime Bowling is a clean, state-of-the-art facility packed with affordable food and fun. Call ahead for open bowling times.
27 Kings Highway, Groton
The Submarine Force Museum (Groton)
The Submarine Force Museum with free admission and parking is fun and educational. The museum is home to the USS Nautilus submarine, the world’s first operational nuclear-powered submarine and the first to transit the North Pole. Learn about the history of submarines, use a real periscope, and tour the USS Nautilus in the Thames River.
1 Crystal Lake Rd, Groton
BF Clyde’s Cider Mill
BF Clyde’s Cider Mill (Sept. – Dec.) uses the oldest steam-powered cider press in the United States to extract apple cider which is used in a delectable array of hot and cold beverages, fresh apple-cider donuts and all manner of autumn-flavored baked goods. Cider pressing demonstrations, food and gifts abound.
129 N. Stonington Rd, Old Mystic
Velvet Mill (Stonington)
Velvet Mill was built in 1888 as a fabric mill. Today it is a sprawling space in which to discover a thriving community of creative arts, shopping, and food. Find artisans, brewers, and antiques
22 Bayview Ave, Stonington (Look for the huge red brick building with tons of free parking)
Ocean Community YMCA
The YMCA has expanded and completely transformed with up-to-date exercise equipment, huge variety of classes, a teen center and a large indoor pool. Stop by for a day pass to swim, work out, play basketball and enjoy teen center games with a stunning 180 degree view of the Mystic River. Both family and adult locker rooms are available
1 Harry Austin Dr, Mystic