Courtesy of Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT

A sailboat-dotted harbor and celebrity-worthy pizza in a picturesque town.

Travel + Leisure
June 05, 2013

Midway between Boston and New York, Mystic is a scenic waterfront town where flower boxes line streets and café tables spill out onto the sidewalks during warmer summer months. It’s packed with educational experiences by day; hire a babysitter and head out to lively restaurants and bars at night.

Mystic Aquarium

The aquarium and research center has a number of exhibits, including the “Beluga Encounter,” where guests can get in the water with the porcelain-skinned whales.

Mystic Seaport

At this working maritime village of more than 60 buildings, you can watch ship builders restore the world’s last wooden whaleship.

Mystic Pizza

Thanks to Julia Roberts, pizza is to Mystic what sourdough is to San Francisco, and at Mystic Pizza, by an old drawbridge that goes up hourly, it’s actually delicious.

Whaler's Inn

This 19th-century property is right downtown and has easy parking (a rarity along Mystic’s old winding streets). Request a room in the Hoxie House, one of the inn’s five buildings, which overlooks sailboats gliding past on the Mystic River.

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