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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.

Museum
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“The volunteer docents have many stories about the former residents (American Impressionist painters) and the former owner (Florence Griswold). I take all of my visitors to visit the museum, and I always hear new stories. There is also a contemporary gallery behind the historic home, with changing exhibits. There's also a great gift shop. The location, right on the Connecticut River, is beautiful. Relax, sit on the lawn, and watch the river run by.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Restaurant
“You must check out the fire pit on the patio. Must be seen to be believed. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
General Entertainment
“Summers only, but fun little spot by the mouth of the CT River and great views! ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Night Club
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“Restaurant(s) located in high end resort in Old Saybrook. Indoor and outdoor seating on the water with lovely views. Expensive.”
  • 8 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
Lodging
“Really good cocktails and excellent food. There really is no night life in Lyme, so there you go. Iconic Connecticut inn.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Bar
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“Country dining and bar. Outdoor patio. Also has a jazz club (reservations a must)”
  • 5 locals recommend
Spa
“Beautiiful waterside resort—stay with me and ride down the street to enjoy waterside dining.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Store
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“Every possible type of gift for adults and children. Unique selections from a great local store!”
  • 2 locals recommend
Bar
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  • 4 locals recommend
Art Gallery
  • 1 local recommends
Natural Feature
“Sunbath and dip in the Long Island Sound while the Amtrack trains pass by behind you.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Food
“Adorable. Low key. Delicious. Won a national award for their flavor - Moroccan Rose. Sometimes they run out. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Corner Shop
“Forgot items at home? close spot to Point O Woods for any essentials you may have missed. Also, small selection of snacks and GREAT ice cream!”
  • 3 locals recommend
Bar
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“During a nice sunny day this bar with large deck has live music, drinks, and food. Usually not great for young kids, this is the only beach bar in the state. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Great for breakfast and lunch, has outside tables which overlook the Lieutenant River.”
  • 2 locals recommend