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  • July 04, 2023 3 min read

    7+ Amazing Attractions Near Mystic Knotwork in Connecticut

    Mystic Knotwork is a must-visit destination for anyone who loves nautical knots and coastal charm. But did you know that there are also many amazing natural attractions near Mystic Knotwork in Connecticut? Whether you are looking for sandy beaches, lush forests, sparkling lakes, or diverse wildlife, you will find something to suit your taste in this beautiful area and get outside. Although there are many more places to visit than listed here, this is a start!

     

    1. Bluff Point Coastal Reserve

    Bluff Point Coastal Reserve is a unique state park that combines woodlands, wetlands, meadows, and ponds with a rocky peninsula and a soft-sand beach. You can explore the diverse habitats that are home to hundreds of species of plants and animals. You can also enjoy scenic views of the Long Island Sound and Fishers Island from the bluff. Hiking and mountain biking with a view. Catch some lunch or dinner...saltwater fishing and shell fishing (with a permit). Might have to spend a couple days here!

    2. Napatree Point Conservation Area

     

     

    One of our favorite spots for an afternoon walk! Napatree Point Conservation Area is a stunning natural area that offers breathtaking views of the ocean and wildlife. You can walk along the sandy beach, hike through the dunes and forest, or birdwatch at the salt marsh. You can also swim, fish, kayak, or paddleboard in the clear water. Napatree Point is a peaceful and relaxing place to enjoy nature and escape from the crowds. Nearby is the Watch Hill Carousel and the wonderful shops overlooking the docks and harbor.

    3. Rocky Neck State Park

    Rocky Neck State Park is a postcard-perfect park that offers a variety of activities for families. Its soft white sands make it ideal for swimming, and ample picnic areas scattered throughout the park offer a nice respite from the sun. There are also hiking trails, marshes and rocky coastlines to explore, campgrounds and the historic Ellie Mitchell stone pavilion. 

    4. Gardner Lake State Park

    Gardner Lake State Park is a popular spot among fishermen and locals looking to cool off on a hot summer day. The lake is stocked with walleye and a public boat launch with parking is available. It is also home to a "possibly" haunted underwater house, complete with phantom piano sounds drifting across the lake on any given day. 

    5. Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center

     

     

    Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center is a wildlife refuge and education center that features more than 10 miles of trails and diverse habitats. You can explore the woodlands, wetlands, meadows, and ponds that are home to hundreds of species of plants and animals. You can also visit the natural history museum, where you can see live animals such as owls, hawks, turtles, snakes, and frogs. Lots of fun for children check out their special programs.

    6. Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center

    Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center is a fantastic museum and research center that showcases the history and culture of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and other Native American tribes. You can see exhibits and artifacts that span from the Ice Age to the present day, watch films and presentations, or join a guided tour. This beautiful building is also available as a wedding and event venue. Foxwoods Resort Casino is close by.

    7. Mohegan Sun Golf Club

    So if you play golf this is where you want to be! Mohegan Sun Golf Club is a golf course that offers a challenging and scenic experience for golfers of all levels. You can play on an 18-hole championship course that features rolling hills, water hazards, sand traps, and manicured greens. You can also enjoy amenities such as a pro shop, a driving range, a practice green, a clubhouse, and a restaurant. 

    Let's not forget the in town hot spots right in Mystic which include the Aquarium, Mystic Seaport Museum and Olde Mistick Village. Spending an afternoon at a vineyard is nice with lots wide open space, grape vines of course! Saltwater Farm Vineyard, Stonington Vineyard and Jonathan Edwards vineyard are nearby, bring a picnic and taste some wine. Enders Island for a nice walk, a serene Catholic retreat open to the public. And if you need more adventure check out TreeTrails Adventure zip lining and more!

    Enders island

    Stonington Vineyards

    Jonathan Edwards Winery

     

    Saltwater Farm Vineyard

    Stonington Light, fun museum and beach nearby.The colonial town of Stonington is beautiful to walk through and shop.

    Boat rentals and tours, many in Mystic. Or bring your own, launch areas can be found up and down the Mystic river.

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