Sightseeing - Under 1 Hour from the Host Hotel

Sightseeing - Under 1 Hour from the Host Hotel

Date and Time: 
Wednesday, August 3, 2016 - 6:00am to Saturday, August 6, 2016 - 6:00am

SIGHTSEEING  

Mohegan Park     Norwich, CT   7 Minutes
Norwich is known as "The Rose of New England", and the formal rose garden in this park commemorates this and is dedicated to all veterans of foreign wars. Especially delightful in late spring and summer. The park also offers walking trails, pavilions and a beach for visitors to enjoy. Tennis players will enjoy free time on available on clay courts, which are lighted in the evenings.  

Mystic Seaport    Mystic, CT  30 Minutes
Take a cruise on the Steamship SS Sabino or visit a working 19th century Connecticut seaport at the country's largest indoor-outdoor maritime museum, with historic ships, period homes, seasonal boat rides, a boat livery, horse-drawn carriage rides and a collection of maritime art and artifacts.  

Goodspeed Opera House  East Haddam, CT 40 Minutes
It's hard to say which commands more attention here: the nationally acclaimed musicals or the stunning Victorian theatre overlooking the scenic Connecticut River. A National Landmark.  

Mystic Marinelife Aquarium   Mystic, CT   30 Minutes
Gaze in wonder at this world-class aquarium's enormous reef, featuring sharks, stingrays and more than 30,000 colorful varieties or coral. Learn about 4,000 sealife specimens in 24 different exhibits, and visit Sea Island, an outdoor exhibit featuring seals, sea lions, penguins, dolphin and whale demonstrations and a theater.   

USS Nautilus & Submarine Force Groton, CT   25 Minutes
Home of Historic Ship NAUTILUS (SSN) 571), is the United States Navy‟s official  submarine museum. The mission of the museum is to collect, preserve, interpret and present the history of the United States Submarine Force. 

U.S. Coast Guard Academy  New London, CT  15 Minutes
Located on the Thames River in New London, Connecticut. From this campus, the academy annually commissions approximately 175 ensigns. Since the first cadets reported for training on the school ship Dobbin in 1877...to the Academy's establishment at New London in 1931 right through today...the Coast Guard Academy has redefined "learning".  

Gillette Castle State Park   East Haddam, CT  40 Minutes
Actor William Gillette's estate high above the Connecticut River will preserve the historic fabric of a unique architectural landmark. The Castle has undergone an extensive exterior and interior renovation.  

Essex Steam Train & Riverboat  Essex, CT   30 Minutes
Two coal-fired locomotives are available to pull their collection of lovingly restored railroad cars. You will be swept away by the hiss of steam, the blast of the whistle, and the clickety-clack of the tracks. From the exciting "All Aboard" to the engineer checking the locomotive before the run, you will experience an authentic journey back to the days of steam. The riverboat ride is a quieter, more reflective experience. You will see more of the natural wonders that make the Connecticut River special - coves and inlets, islets and deep water, each home to fish, fowl, and river vegetation.
   
Essex Harbor Cruise   Essex, CT   30
Minutes Departing from the Dock „n Dine Restaurant at Saybrook Point, the riverboat Aunt Polly cruises north along the Connecticut River, through the bridges and past marshlands to historic Essex.  This leisurely tour along the waterfront includes a complete and fascinating narration of the river‟s flora, fauna and maritime history of Old Saybrook, Old Lyme and Essex.  Food and drink are available on board.  

The Connecticut Wine Trail  Mystic, Stonington & Clinton, CT
The Connecticut shoreline offers three wineries that are visitable in one day. The three wineries are Chamard, Stonington Vineyards and Haight. Along the way all the wineries will welcome you with warm hospitality, allowing a glimpse of the ancient art of wine making while you taste the diverse and exceptional wines of the region.

Fort Shantok State Park    Uncasville, CT  2 Minutes
The Spirit of Mohegan tribe lies at Shantok. It is a place where the Mohegans first settled with Sachem Uncas in the 17th Century; the place from which they draw Spiritual strength, and the Burial Ground where their journey to the Spirit Land.   

Old Mistick Village    Mystic, CT   30 Minutes
Step back into the 1700's. Experience Early American charm and beauty. Linger in the more than sixty quaint shops, which feature many unusual imported items. Olde Mistick Village, with its unique collection of shops, stores and restaurants, has become a favorite shopping center for local residents as well as the many visitors who come into the Mystic area from around the world.

Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center Mystic, CT   30 Minutes
The nature Center is a non-profit environmental education organization located over 200 acres of wildlife sanctuary in beautiful Mystic, Connecticut.  While visiting, you may choose to explore up toe eight miles of nature trails that cross brooks, circle ponds and pass through meadows and forest.  Situated on the Atlantic Flyway, the Center is a haven for migrating birds year-round.  

They offer fun and interesting programs for all ages year-round and their trails are as beautiful for cross-country skiing as they are lush, green and full of life for summer bird-watching, or brightly painted for autumn hiking  

Mashantucket Pequot Museum  Mashantucket, CT  15 Minutes
On this tour, you will truly discover a nation in Southeastern Connecticut; at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center.  This dazzling, 308,000 square foot facility traces the rich cultural heritage and tumultuous history of the Pequot tribe from prehistoric times to the present, through a fascinating blend of lifelike displays and state-of-the-art computer and multimedia technology.  The Pequot way of life changed drastically following the 1637 Pequot War and once they moved onto the reservation.  A highlight at the Museum is a 16th century Pequot village featuring life-size, handcrafted figures enacting everyday life activities.  Sophisticated and innovative sensory installations enable visitors to hear the authentic sound of Woodland Indian life and smell the distinctive aromas of cooking fires and hardwood forests.    

Connecticut River Museum at Steamboat Dock  Essex, CT 30 Minutes
This museum celebrates the magnificent Steamboat era on the Connecticut River.  Housed in an 1878 steamboat dock on the Connecticut River.  The museum collects, preserves and interprets the culture and natural history of the Connecticut River valley through exhibitions, publication, and the educational programming.  There are also many interactive aspects to the exhibit for both adults and children.
    
Captain Nathaniel B. Palmer House Stonington, CT   30 Minutes
Two brothers, Captains Nathaniel Brown Palmer and Alexander Smith Palmer built this 16-room Victorian mansion in1852.  Majestically sited on a high rise of ground overlooking the upper end of Stonington harbor, “Pine Point” offered sweeping water views in all directions.  From its octagonal cupola, the family could identify ships arriving from distant ports.  Meticulous craftsmanship of the ornate woodwork testifies to the work of the shipwrights.   

The Old Lighthouse Museum  Stonington, CT  30 Minutes
This lighthouse was once the beacon for the many vessels approaching Stonington‟s harbor from Long Island Sound.  The original 30-foot stone tower, which was built on the Point in 1823, supported a lantern containing ten oil lamps and parabolic reflectors.  Its beacon was visible 12 miles at sea.  Visitors of all ages enjoy climbing the old stone steps of the tower for an exhilarating view in all directions.  Shoppers may browse in the gift area for unusual books, toy s and mementos.  
 
Fort Griswold Battlerfield State Park/ Groton Monument        Groton, CT   25 Minutes
Site of 1781 massacre of Colonial defenders by British troops under Benedict Arnold.  Memorial tower, Museum with historical displays, open seasonally.  

Fort Trumbull State Park   New London, CT  15 Minutes
Military site since mid-1700s features an 1850 masonry fort, visitor‟s center.  Historical displays depict military history from the 1700‟s through the Cold War.  Public fishing pier and waterfront walk open year-round for public enjoyment.    

Monte Cristo Cottage   New London, CT  15 Minutes
National Register landmark.  Boyhood home of playwright Eugene O‟Neil.  Memorabilia and a short multi-media presentation.  Scheduled literary readings.

Harkness Memorial State Park  Waterford, CT  30 Minutes
Formerly a private estate.  Recently restored 20th-century gardens.  Mansion open Tuesday – Sunday for tours 10:00 am – 3:00 pm.    

Mohegan Park Rose Garden  Norwich, CT   10 Minutes
Formal rose garden commemorating Nowrich as “The Rose of New England” and dedicated to all veterans of foreign wars.  

Sawmill Park    Ledyard, CT   10 Minutes
Town-owned operating mill museum in a 1860 restored building.  Water-powered up-down sawmill. Shingle mill. Blacksmith shop with working blacksmith, gristmill, ice harvesting equipment, and other mill artifacts, Colonial crafts, 11-acre park site for passive recreation.
    
Stonington Borough   Stonington, CT  30 Minutes
Walkable village includes 18th and 19th century buildings in both residential and commercial area.  Antique Stores.  Home pot of Connecticut‟s only commercial fishing fleet.    

Yantic Falls; Indian Leap   Yantic, CT   10 Minutes
Waterfall and gorge which was an outpost of Mohegan Indians.  Legend has it hat a band of Narragansett Indians fell to their deaths fleeing from the Mohegans during battle.