The weather is cooler, what to do in the Mystic area? I asked my fellow employees here at Mystic Knotwork what they would like to do this time of year in Mystic. And pretty quickly we came up with this list of 6!
Bank & Bridge Brewery is new to town and in an old bank! At the top of the list in my survey. Looks like we will be leaving work early and sneaking over there! It's right downtown across from Water St. and the Bank Square Bookstore. They are open every day except Christmas and Thanksgiving.
Not to be left out, here are other breweries in the surrounding areas:
From the adventurous side of things and for experienced paddlers, a quiet early morning kayak right here on the river. Hopefully a little morning mist as the sun breaks out and some photo ops would be nice. Bring your own kayak and launch at the end of our street, Cottrell St. There is parking along the street. Don't forget your life jacket and wet suit bottom. And please swing by the shop after your adventure!
A beach walk and picnic on Misquamicut Beach in nearby Rhode Island. So check your weather, grab some sandwiches from one of the many restaurants in downtown Mystic, or on your way stop at Bogue's Alley in Pawcatuck and get a classic boxed lunch. It's really not too far and plenty to see along the way on Route 1. Free parking and no crowds. Napa Tree Point in Watch Hill, another great spot!
Although Halloween is over there is a group of story tellers and tour guides who conduct haunted walks with history and stories of hauntings throughout Mystic. Many of the guides have experience with the paranormal. Seaside Shadows offers Mystic Graveyard and Downtown Mystic Ghost Tours. At other times of the year, Paranormal Pub Crawls and Murder Mystery Dinners. Their calendar here.
Go on your own walking adventure through the historic streets of Downtown Mystic. You will find most of the homes date back to the 1800's and some even older. The historic plaques tell you a little about the house and original owners. Many have a colorful history, worth researching before you arrive!
Make a special night out in Mystic and start early with happy hour. Many restaurants have great specials and not just drinks but food specials too. Bring the kids and save. Some places start at 3 p.m. others at 4, usually ending at 6. I'm not going to list them all here for fear of leaving someone out but search the internet and you will get a lot of options.