A Day Trip to Mystic, CT

3-day weekends are the best, aren’t they?! This weekend I was up in New England and Ted and I decided to venture to Mystic, CT for a day trip. We passed the city more times than I can count on the highway on trips to/from our college and visiting his family, so I was excited to finally stop and explore the city for the day!

Check out these 3 things to do in Mystic, CT!

Mystic Aquarium

First up was a visit to the Mystic Aquarium. It’s been quite a while since either of us have visited an aquarium, but the big draw for me was seeing the aquarium’s beluga whales! Back in my toddler days, Raffi’s Baby Beluga was my jam, so of course I couldn’t help but sing it before, during, and after seeing the adorable whales!

Belugas at Mystic Aquarium

We also checked out the aquarium’s other exhibits, including seals + sea lions, penguins, fish, frogs, and their animal rescue clinic, where we saw the latest on the rescue and rehabilitation of animals they’ve rescued along the coastline!

Seals and sea lions at Mystic AquariumNemo at Mystic AquariumPenguins at Mystic Aquarium

As we were leaving, we saw that you can pay extra for a “Beluga Encounter,” where you can put a wet suit on and actually meet a beluga in the exhibit! Way cool. Definitely something to add to the bucket list – we can’t wait to get back to do this in the future!

Pro Tip: The ticket line for admission can be pretty crazy, so save yourself some time (especially if you have kiddos with you) and purchase online in advance. Even better, you can purchase on your mobile phone in the parking lot! This saved us a solid 45+ minutes of unnecessarily waiting in line!

Beluga at Mystic Aquarium

Olde Mystick Village

Next, we ventured across the street to Olde Mystick Village, a cute little village with Colonial-era vibes, filled with unique shops and lots of treats for anyone with a sweet tooth (our favorite was the bubble tea in the quirky Alice in the Village store)! It was a fun area to wander around and I can definitely see it bustling when the temps warm up in the summer (it was already starting to draw a crowd over Memorial Day weekend).

We were thrilled to find our new favorite popcorn shop, Pop on the Block, had a shop set up here as well! Needless to say we stocked up big time on our favorite popcorn flavors (they have SO many unique ones to choose from)!

Olde Mystick VillageBubble Tea in Mystic

There was no live music while we were there, but supposedly you can catch quite a bit of it in the summer! We even found a luxury movie theater at the end of the village, and several restaurants that sounded great. But alas, we held our appetites for the final stop of our day trip, Mystic Pizza.

Olde Mystick Village

Mystic Pizza

I’m all about pop culture, so our last stop of the day was super exciting. A “lupper” or “linner” (lunch + supper/dinner) at Mystic Pizza! Yes THE Mystic Pizza from Julia Robert’s 80s movie. It’s a real place you can eat! It’s about a 15-minute drive from the Mystic Aquarium and Village.

Mystic Pizza Entrance

The restaurant actually opened in the early 70s, and with a slogan advertising “a slice of heaven,” there’s no question about what you should order here. Pizza! We went with half pepperoni, half BBQ chicken and it was pretty delicious (especially the pizza crust)!

Mystic PizzaMystic Pizza, CT

Have you visited Mystic, Connecticut? How was your Memorial Day weekend?

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  • Wow, great picture of that clown fish! Looks like a fun trip!

  • Yay! I live about an hour from Mystic and can’t tell you how many times I’ve been. You hit the best three spots I would have recommended too. Mystic Pizza has AMAZING pizza for sure.

    • So glad to hear it :) We’ve passed Mystic so many times on the highway so it was great to finally be able to stop and explore the things I’ve heard so much about!

  • What a fun place! The aquarium looks amazing and who could not check out Mystic Pizza! It looks delish!

    • We had a blast exploring! Definitely a fun place to take the kids too!

  • I haven’t been to Mystic since I was a kid! This post brought back some fun memories. :)

    • Yay! Do you have a favorite memory from your time in Mystic?

  • Mystic looks like a great place to visit!

    • It is! We had a blast and the weather was perfect (which helped since most of what we did was outside)!

  • Julie

    Love all the fun photos! Looks like you had a great time. I will be sure to swing by there when I visit the state.
    Julie * http://www.hdthreviews.com

    • Thanks, Julie! It was such a fun day – definitely recommend a stop when visiting CT!

  • OMG I Have always wanted to visit here!! It looks even more fun than I imagined!

    • OMG come and visit! I’ll show you around- that’s my neck of the woods!

      • Ahhh that would be awesome! I don’t think I’ll be able too… but i may be visiting NY for the Her Conference in July! and ended up getting a free ticket to BlogHer

        • GAH I got offered a free BlogHer ticket too but turned it down because it’s too far! Keep me in the loop about the July one! that’s super close for me

    • We had a blast! Definitely a stop to consider if you find yourself venturing up to New England!

  • This is super close to where I live. It was so fun to see a tourists perspective haha (Like we NEVER go to Mystic Pizza) I’m so so glad you had such a fun visit and it looks like good weather!

    • We had fantastic weather and it was a blast! I know what you mean about not really doing much around where you live – you should def check it out though, it’s such a cute town!

  • I love New England! And what a quaint town! The village looks amazing!

    • It’s such a fun city to explore! Perfect for a weekend getaway!

  • This sounds like such a wonderful trip. I know what’s on my bucket list! This has everything I love; quaint and charming towns, beluga whales, and Mystic Pizza! Umm, yes please. I’d probably never want to come home though.

    • It was! I hope you’re able to plan a trip one of these days, Leslie. I know you’d love it too! The perfect little escape from reality!

  • I have not been to an aquarium in so long either! It looks like you had a great time! I love bubble tea! That pizza looks amazing!

    • It was so much fun! Pizza, belugas, and bubble tea. My kind of day! Haha

  • We used to go here a lot when I was a kid as I grew up on Long Island which was just a ferry ride away. Love the aquarium there!

    • I had no idea you were from LI! Which part? We loved the aquarium (mostly for the adorable belugas)!

  • Corey Wheeland

    I’ve always thought this would be such a fun town to visit. Looks like you had a wonderful time!

  • Elizabeth Johnson

    This is so awesome! I love that movie and always wondered what the town was like. Thanks for sharing your experience!

    • You got it! Thanks so much for reading, Elizabeth. I hope you’re able to get there to check it out yourself one day!

  • Robin

    Omg, the seals, penguins, and beluga whale! SO cute! I’ve been meaning to make it down to Mystic from Massachusetts, where I live – perfect for a day/weekend trip!

    • Right?! We loved it! And definitely an easy trip down 95! I hope you love it as much as we did!

  • Such beautiful photos! I have been there a while back and loved it!

    • Thanks, Kim! Glad you enjoyed the city too! What was your favorite part?

  • I’ve definitely added “meet a Beluga whale” to the bucket list. :) Great recap! It looks like a perfect spot for a weekend trip.
    erin | sandsunandmessybuns.com

    • Thanks, Erin! It was the best! And beluga whales are the cutest! I hope you get to meet one one day too :)

  • I loved Mystic Pizza! What a fun trip. The Beluga whale is so cute!

    • Same! We couldn’t believe how many awesome things there were in that town!

  • AH! I love Mystic. I haven’t been in over ten years, but I still think about it’s charm!

    ​xx katie // a touch of teal

    • It’s SO charming isn’t it?! Did you have a favorite part when you visited?

  • I really want to visit Mystic! Your three day weekend sounded wonderful :)

    • It’s such a charming little town! Definitely worth a stop if you’re in the CT area!

  • Shannon Paige

    I have been wanting to visit Mystic aquarium for quite some time now but did not realize just how adorable the town is, too! I loveee little colonial era towns and that alice in the village shop sounds so quirky and quaint. Definitely adding this to my list for this summer! *thegoodthingscomin.wordpress.com

    • Oh it is for sure! We had no idea it’d be so cute either! You’d never know driving by it on the highway. It’s definitely worth a visit!

  • Nicole Condit

    I have a BAD case of the travel bug, especially for New England. This post just adds to that case. Great job inviting the reader along on your trip. Sounds like it was a blast!

    • You and me both :) I hope you’re able to plan a trip to New England soon! Fall is my favorite time to visit!

  • I’ve been wanting to road trip to Mystic around my birthday so I’m definitely bookmarking this post! My top priorities are Mystic Pizza and now Alice in the Village too!

    • I hope you’re able to get up there to see it soon! And you’d LOVE Alice in the Village! You’re the first person I thought of when we walked in. I knew you’d love it!

  • Same! I was so excited to finally stop in and check it out! We loved exploring Mystic!

  • tannawings

    This looks like an awesome time. How exciting to get to meet a beluga whale up close and personal. The whale looks like it wants to meet you.

    • It was a blast! The belugas had so much personality!