Aug 2nd, 2012 | By | Category: Senior Travel

Seniors Find Mystery in Mystic River

The Mystic River is a 7.0-mile-long river in north Connecticut. Its name derives from the Wampanoag word “muhs-uhtuq”, which translates “big river.” Senior sailors are invited to visit Mystic Seaport and enjoy sailing the Mystic River and all it has to offer.

Mystic, on Connecticut’s easternmost shoreline, and the “quiet corner” of the state, directly north, present a range of imagery for senior visitors, from 19th-century shipbuilding and sailing at Mystic Seaport to the glitz of the two immense casinos: Foxwoods Resort and Casino at Mashantucket and the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville. You’ll find that Mystic has Mystery and seniors from all over the globe enjoy exploring the plethora of mysteries.

You will find more than sailboats.  Mystic offers rare and historic boats you can climb aboard at Mystic Seaport.  Home to the tall ships of Mystic Seaport and New England’s only beluga whales at Mystic Aquarium, the town of Mystic exudes New England charm. Shop one-of-a-kind shops downtown (with its landmark Bascule Bridge) or at the quaint Olde Mistick Village. Linger over candlelight and an after-dinner drink at one of Mystic’s cool eateries. You can even cozy up in the mansion where Bogie and Bacall honeymooned.

On the coast, variety is the spice of life, peppered with refreshing salt air. Senior visitors will enjoy steamed lobsters on the dock,  the chug of the Essex Steam Train or a mug of delicious apple cider at America’s oldest steam-powered cider mill. Catch a play at a seaside playhouse, or catch a fish on one of the many charters. Enjoy impressionist paintings at the Florence Griswold Museum, or a splash of history at the USS Nautilus & Submarine Force Museum.  Or just relax at the beach. Sail your boat on over to the River Marina on the secluded Mason’s Island where you will have great views of Long Island Sound and New England’s Finest Yacht Basin.

Senior Travelers

Escape to the quiet back roads of Mystic where you’ll discover beautiful vistas and interesting places to explore. Mystic Country in Connecticut has museums galore that seniors will find of interest including the Titanic that sends visitors 12,450 feet below at the Mystic Aquarium.

Step aboard the traditional sailing ship ARGIA for a relaxing sightseeing cruise. Enjoy a leisurely cruise down the Mystic River and smooth sailing in Fishers Island Sound. Beautiful views of lighthouses, islands, and historic homes await you as the gentle lapping of the water and the smell of salt air surround you. Half-day and Sunset sails available daily May to October. Visit

Olde Mistic Village is an Early American Village abundant with picturesque settings of flowers, trees, duck ponds and a waterwheel. The shopkeepers in the Village pride themselves on offering some of the most interesting and unique items from all over the world. The Village offers a unique collection of stores and restaurants, has become a favorite shopping center for local residents as well as the many senior visitors who come into the Mystic area from all around the world.

Senior Travelers Enjoy A Breath of Fresh Air Between NYC and Boston

Classy restaurants and inns like Yetter Tree Farm and the Whitehall Mansion Inn invite seniors to enjoy some of the best destinations in New England. If you are into spas, Mystic has several that offer elegant full-service to senior guests.

I discovered that Mystic River is a 2003 American drama film by Clint Eastwood and here you can check out a trailer. Mystic is just one of the fun places to see in Connecticut. Why not include it in your itinerary? Still have a few questions?  Fodors has the answers.   jeb

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