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Things to do in Stonington

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.
Aquarium
“Journey into the aquatic world at this combination tourist attraction and research facility, where every underwater creature is more amazing than the last. Exhibits put you in close proximity to whales, penguins, sea lions and a 30,000-gallon tank, where exotic fish from around the world strut their stuff.”
  • 55 locals recommend
Gift Shop
“Featuring wooden ships from around the world, The Seaport has a Victorian period waterfront town with walk-in exhibits, historic homes, stores and other commercial structures like a blacksmith shop, cooperage, working tavern, rope walk mill and wood carver. The boats are all open for walk through viewing and there is a dry dock and restoration yard where wooden ships get hauled out and repaired. The Museum’s exhibition halls are brimming with permanent and changing exhibits that offer rare glimpses into other eras and cultures, including restored vessels, figureheads, ship carvings, and vintage photography. Each exhibit and art gallery at Mystic Seaport Museum offers a unique perspective of our nation’s history with the sea and voyages on the water. Amazing gift shop and coffee shop too!”
  • 69 locals recommend
Scenic Viewpoint
“This is our favorite local beach. Compared to other local beaches, this is not nearly as crowded, and there are shops and great restaurants located there. There is also a carousel for the kids. ”
  • 26 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“Lunch/dinner. American Cuisine with focus on perfecting the American burger! Craft beers, largest bourbon selection locally. Rustic hip interior- seasonal outside seating.”
  • 30 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Great spot with a large outdoor deck, perfect for enjoying the weather. Lots on the menu to please all diners!”
  • 26 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“The menu changes nightly- creative and fresh, their ingredients are locally grown. They have a nice bar area. In the summer, they have the "Tree house" open for outdoor dining with a nice view. ”
  • 25 locals recommend
Bar
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“eat downstairs. Authentic colonial dining and bar. Musicians play at 9 bbn pm most nights.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“Historic Village on the water, about an hour away in Connecticut! Explore the Historic Mystic Seaport or visit the Aquarium. Olde Mystic Village shopping is a must! ”
  • 20 locals recommend
Bakery
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“This place needs no introduction. Simply delicious!! Offers ample seating indoors and outdoors on a rooftop bar in the summer! Enjoy a fresh Mimosa while tasting their amazing pastries...all while taking in the spectacular views of the Mystic River. A word of advice: Get there early!!”
  • 20 locals recommend
Toy / Game Store
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“Must try once to say you did! This nostalgic pizza spot that inspired the 1988 film 'Mystic Pizza' starring Julia Roberts, serves up pies in a memorabilia-filled space.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Whether you sit indoors, upstairs or outside on the garden patio, you will enjoy the best views in town! Large windows open up to the Mystic River and Bascule Bridge. S&P has more to offer than seafood…check out their steaks, salads and specials, plus a full bar. ”
  • 18 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Mystic Museum of Art, a part of the Connecticut art scene for 100 years, is a place where culture, tradition, and the charm of small town New England converge. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Shopping in a reproduction of an antique village. Shops, restaurants, and movie theater. ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“This gem of an restaurant is probably the most popular among locals and with good reason. Bravo Bravo features fresh Italian cuisine at its finest! Hip and trendy vibe with amazing craft cocktails and wine. Some outdoor seating and breezy open air design.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Bar
“A beautiful view, delicious locally produced wine, a lovely way to spend the afternoon ”
  • 12 locals recommend
Café
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“Location, location, location! Oh yeah, and the food is delicious too!!! Favourite of ours for Sunday morning brunch! The Bloody Marys are unforgettable!”
  • 16 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Gastropub
“Lunch/dinner. American Cuisine with focus on perfecting the American burger! Craft beers, largest bourbon selection locally. Rustic hip interior- seasonal outside seating.”
  • 30 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Great spot with a large outdoor deck, perfect for enjoying the weather. Lots on the menu to please all diners!”
  • 26 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“The menu changes nightly- creative and fresh, their ingredients are locally grown. They have a nice bar area. In the summer, they have the "Tree house" open for outdoor dining with a nice view. ”
  • 25 locals recommend
Bar
“eat downstairs. Authentic colonial dining and bar. Musicians play at 9 bbn pm most nights.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Toy / Game Store
“Must try once to say you did! This nostalgic pizza spot that inspired the 1988 film 'Mystic Pizza' starring Julia Roberts, serves up pies in a memorabilia-filled space.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Whether you sit indoors, upstairs or outside on the garden patio, you will enjoy the best views in town! Large windows open up to the Mystic River and Bascule Bridge. S&P has more to offer than seafood…check out their steaks, salads and specials, plus a full bar. ”
  • 18 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“This gem of an restaurant is probably the most popular among locals and with good reason. Bravo Bravo features fresh Italian cuisine at its finest! Hip and trendy vibe with amazing craft cocktails and wine. Some outdoor seating and breezy open air design.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Always a favorite breakfast spot. Off the beaten track. Open early! Very generous portions.”
  • 14 locals recommend

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