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10 Connecticut and Rhode Island Spots You Need to Visit This Summer

From Mystic Seaport to Little Compton, necn has you covered

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    From Mystic Seaport to Little Compton, necn has you covered this summer. (Published Thursday, June 23, 2016)

    MYSTIC, CONNECTICUT

    1. Abbott’s Lobster in the Rough, Groton, Connecticut: Abbott’s Lobster was founded in 1947. You can find all kinds of seafood there, but it’s mainly known for its lobster. Abbott’s offers a full line of soft drinks, but does not serve alcoholic beverages.

    2. Olde Mistick Village, Mystic, Connecticut: Olde Mistick Village allows you to enjoy shopping in distinctive buildings designed to represent a New England Village of about 1720. The shopkeepers pride themselves on offering you some of the most interesting and unique items from around the world. Olde Mistick Village is also home to some of Mystic’s best restaurants. It also features a multi-theater arts and movie cinema.

    3. Mystic Seaport, Mystic, Connecticut: Mystic Seaport is the nation’s leading maritime museum. Founded in 1929 to gather and preserve the rapidly disappearing artifacts of America’s seafaring past, the Museum has grown to become a national center for research and education with the mission to “inspire an enduring connection to the American maritime experience.

    4. Fields of Fire Adventure Park, Mystic, Connecticut: Fields of Fire Adventure Park is set on 50 acres of woodlands in Mystic, Connecticut. It offers a new Aerial Adventure Park as well as a Paintball Park.

    5. Argia Mystic Cruises, Mystic, Connecticut: Set sail during the summer through late October in an 18th century coastal trading schooner called the Argia. Public tours through Mystic River last over two hours. On the trip, you'll be able to help the crew hoist and trim the sails, and you'll travel by scenic coastlines, lighthouses and bridges.

    6. The Whaler’s Inn, Mystic, Connecticut: The Whaler’s Inn is downtown Mystic’s largest inn. Its location allows you to walk to major attractions within minutes. The Inn recently underwent a major renovation and is still accepting reservations for the summer.

    LITTLE COMPTON, RHODE ISLAND

    7. The Barn Restaurant: The Barn Restaurant opened in 1987. The building is a renovated barn which has seating available on the main floor, the second floor loft and a seasonal outdoor patio. The Barn serves breakfast seven days a week and is located in Little Compton, Rhode Island.

    8. Harmony Home Farm Bed & Breakfast: Harmony Home Farm Bed and Breakfast offers The Vernon Room and The Brady Cottage. The Vernon Room is named after George E. Vernon a 19th century Newport cabinet maker and ancestor of the current owner. The room is decorated with furniture made in his shop and passed down through the family for generations. The Brady Cottage is fully equipped, a 1-bedroom with a full kitchen and a pull-out couch bed in the family room.

    9. Carolyn’s Sakonnet Vineyard: The vineyard located in Little Compton, Rhode Island is celebrating its 40th fruitful year of business. Visitors are encouraged to take a wine tour and tasting. All the wine is made from the grape vines growing on the property.

    10. South Shore Beach: South Shore Beach is small and rocky, but it provides beautiful ocean views and great waves for body surfing. The constant breeze off the ocean makes for a great beach day as well. Although the beach doesn't have a concession stand, a food cart vendor is known to visit on occasion.


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