Fun for the Entire Family in Mystic Country Last Updated: August 2023
Mystic Country is filled with adventures and activities that are sure to please every member of the family. A day or weekend trip to Mystic Country may be temporary but the memories will last a lifetime.
As always, be sure to check with each location before making plans as hours and details may change due to COVID-19.
For Thrill Seekers
For members of the family that want to get their blood pumping and their heart racing, thrill-seek in a safe manner at one of Mystic Country’s various attractions. Whether you prefer to swing through the trees at Tree Trails in Mystic and Adventure Park in Storrs, or zipline at the HighFlyer at Foxwoods Resort Casino or catch some speed on the SuperCharged go-kart race track in Montville or watch the action at the Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in Thompson, there is bound to be a favorite pick for all members of the family, even those who tend to keep their feet on the ground. These fast-paced experiences are sure to bring a smile to everyone’s faces and the laughter and stories will be remembered for years to come.
For History Buffs
For thousands of years, people have been living on the land we now call Mystic Country. These thousands of people and their stories have been saved in history at places like the Mystic Seaport Museum which allows people of all ages to get hands-on with history. From meeting a working blacksmith in their shop to visiting the Charles W. Morgan, the last surviving wooden whaleship, there are numerous exhibits to engage people of all ages. If you choose to explore history on your own, a walk with the family through downtown Stonington and Putnam is sure to create memories as everyone learns about the history of the land and its inhabitants.
Ever since the Industrial Revolution filled mills and factories with local workers from towns such as Putnam, Pomfret, Norwich, and Willimantic. While many of the cotton and textile mills of the Industrial Revolution are no longer in operation today, their scenic brick exterior stands out amongst the more modern downtown storefronts. The Windham Textile mill in Willimantic have been preserved for the public and turned into the Windham Textile and History Museum. The entire family will love exploring the past and learning about the life of factory workers during the historic turning point of the United States.
For Animal and Nature Lovers
Mystic Country is the perfect place to connect with your wild side and nurture a loving relationship with nature. A family hike allows everyone to connect with one another and with nature as they take in the views of the area. If you’re lucky, you may even spot a white-tailed deer or red fox on your walk! Hiking is a great energy and stress relief and allows for the entire family to relax with the fresh breeze on their skin.
For all animal lovers, they will love to visit the Mystic Aquarium for a day of fun and learning with the animals. Wintertime along the shoreline is a great place to watch for seals, eagles, and other local wildlife. There are many farms and nature centers like the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center in Mystic that aim to help educate visitors about wildlife and you may even be lucky enough to get to meet some of their rescued animals! The Connecticut Audubon Society at Pomfret manages the 168-acre Trail Wood Sanctuary, open daily, year-round, from dawn to dusk. If you like to stroll along the shoreline, Bluff Point Coastal Reserve in Groton, your experience includes hiking trails and spectacular views of wildlife.