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Best things to do in Stonington

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Gift Shop
“Step back in time at this "living" museum, where a colonial seaport comes to life through demonstrations, special events, and character docents. Finish with a stroll through nearby Mystic Village for shopping and ice cream.”
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“Located in Mystic, the aquarium is known for it's three playful beluga whales and large outdoor penguin habitat. It also has a stingray and shark petting zoo, daily sea lion demonstrations, and Imax Theater onsite. ”
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Scenic Lookout
“Home to the infamous Taylor Swift! Catch a glimpse while browsing the shops or taking a walk to the lighthouse. Also be sure to check out The Ocean House and if you have littles ones, The Flying Horse Carousel is the oldest operating carousel in the US in which the horses are suspended from chains. This is conveniently located next to St. Clare's Annex which has the best homemade ice cream in the area. Olympia Tea Room has great dinner with great views as well!”
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“Created by the same owners of The Oyster Club, this is another great dining spot in Mystic. Engine Room is a gastropub specializing in craft beers, bourbon, and burgers! They feature sixteen craft beers on tap, the area’s largest bourbon selection, craft cocktails, a full wine list and a menu of locally sourced, creative American comfort food, with a focus on America’s most beloved dish, the burger. Great space and they often host fun events and happenings.”
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Seafood Restaurant
“Great spot with a large outdoor deck, perfect for enjoying the weather. Lots on the menu to please all diners!”
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“Sift is a French focused bakery located in historic downtown Mystic, CT. The bakeshop, owned and operated by Pastry Chef Adam Young, features a wide variety of artisanal breads, breakfast pastries and sweet and savory delights. In the Summer they serve beer and wine on their newly built outdoor patio. ”
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Toy / Game Store
“Must try once to say you did! This nostalgic pizza spot that inspired the 1988 film 'Mystic Pizza' starring Julia Roberts, serves up pies in a memorabilia-filled space.”
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Shopping Mall
“Shopping in a reproduction of an antique village. Shops, restaurants, and movie theater. ”
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American Restaurant
“A Farm and Sea to Table that is the BEST restaurant in the area. You can expect to see more than delicious oysters on the menu. The Oyster Club boasts only the freshest of the fresh ingredients, bar and oyster bar, with the menu changing daily. The Oyster Club has an historic industrial appearance and loads of Mystic ambiance. DAILY Happy Hour in the bar and patio from 4-6 PM. You will need reservations in advance of your stay. Don't miss dining here! During the Summer months they do have an outdoor space with a more casual menu call The Treehouse which is a lovely option too. ”
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“200 year old historic building with great pub food and fine dining for dinner-fireplaces, great drinks.”
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Pizza Place
“Busy downtown includes quality clothing, home goods, books, antiques and more. Park and walk.”
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Art Museum
“Mystic Museum of Art, a part of the Connecticut art scene for 100 years, is a place where culture, tradition, and the charm of small town New England converge. ”
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Italian Restaurant
“This gem of an restaurant is probably the most popular among locals and with good reason. Bravo Bravo features fresh Italian cuisine at its finest! Hip and trendy vibe with amazing craft cocktails and wine. Some outdoor seating and breezy open air design.”
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Seafood Restaurant
“Whether you sit indoors, upstairs or outside on the garden patio, you will enjoy the best views in town! Large windows open up to the Mystic River and Bascule Bridge. S&P has more to offer than seafood…check out their steaks, salads and specials, plus a full bar. ”
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“Erin's favorite restaurant! American/traditional food. great outdoor patio space too”
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“OH the opulence! Iconic 1800's hotel overlooking the East Beach, and Watch Hill, RI. Great food and drinks. Piano Bar. Next door to Taylor Swifts; summer residence. ”
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