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Things to do in Lyme

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Train
“The Essex Steam Train takes you back in time while you take a ride on the historic train! There are events offered - some are seasonal - Check out the train ride and riverboat cruise! A fun time, great opportunity to explore more of Connecticut!”
  • 19 locals recommend
Park
“Gillette was an actor who built this Connecticut River estate, now a state park. He played Sherlock Holmes ”
  • 16 locals recommend
Park
“The castle is stunning and it offers excellent views of the Connecticut River”
  • 15 locals recommend
Museum
“A glimpse into the history of the area with views of the river as it heads to the Atlantic.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Lodging
“A great lively place for food and draft beer. This place has been around since the 18th century.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Train
“The steam train is a must-do and Main Street in Essex is a quaint area with shopping, food, and some great views of the marinas.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“An old timey market/deli offering everything you need. Pick up breakfast, lunch and dinner. Don't pass up a egg, bacon and cheese on a croissant sandwich. Oh yeah, everything's baked fresh too!”
  • 3 locals recommend
Non-Profit
“Creative delicious fine dining by chef/owner Colt. Book a table by the center fireplace. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“Golf Anyone - great spot right around the corner. Stop by Fox Hopyard after a winning round!!”
  • 4 locals recommend
Point of Interest
  • 1 local recommends
Café
“Coffee! Welcome the days sun with the farms social roosters and stroll thru the local farmers market among the horses and goats on Saturdays. It's pretty awesome (except on Sundays).”
  • 3 locals recommend
Point of Interest
Natural Feature
  • 2 locals recommend
Meal Takeaway
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“You won’t be let down at this local favorite order-at-the-counter brunch and lunch stop that is in the style of the classic gas station it once was. They have indoor and outdoor seating. A walk through the Essex downtown area afterward is a must. Check hours before heading out. As is everything in Essex, a bit on the pricey side.”
  • 1 local recommends

Top restaurants

Lodging
“A great lively place for food and draft beer. This place has been around since the 18th century.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Non-Profit
“Creative delicious fine dining by chef/owner Colt. Book a table by the center fireplace. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
  • 1 local recommends
Pizza Place
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
“Casual eatery with a bar. Sort of a dive but full of locals and good food. ”
  • 1 local recommends

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