5 Reasons to Travel to Pawcatuck

Pawcatuk is close to many wonderful attractions in scenic Mystic, New London and Groton. BBOnline is happy to show you around and help you make the most of your vacation.

1. Mystic Whaler Cruises
35 Water Street
New London, Connecticut 06320
(860) 447-1249
www.mysticwhalercruises.com

This company offers highly popular five-day cruises. The food is wonderful and staff friendly and informative. It's a great choice for those who like the sea, enjoy socializing and making new friends. The schooner is a beauty with huge sails and two masts. You can even experience what it feels like to take the helm.

See lighthouses and seabirds, explore beautiful islands and quaint coastal villages and dock in gorgeous coves. They also have day sails and lobster dinner sails. New London is about 11 miles from Pawcatuk. After the cruise your Pawcatuck Bed and Breakfast will feel even cozier.

2. Bluff Point State Park and Coastal Reserve
Off Route 1, on Depot Road
Groton, Connecticut 06340
(860) 444-7591
http://www.ct.gov/dep/cwp

If you're looking for a quiet stretch of seashore unmarred by hotels and boutiques, this is the place for you, 10 miles from Pawcatuk. You can hike through coastal forests, climb lofty bluffs, go mountain biking and stroll along a half-mile stretch of pristine sand. There's a small beach for swimming and areas with shallow water perfect for toddlers. Shorebirds and the endangered piping plover inhabit the sand dunes.

Biking in the early morning or evening comes with a bonus: sights of wildlife such as cottontail rabbits and white tailed deer. On the Bluff with its fantastic views, you'll find plants like beach plum and red and white shore roses.

3. Garde Arts Center
325 State Street
New London, Connecticut 06320
(860) 444-7373
http://www.gardearts.org
 
At this historic center built in 1926, you can catch a Broadway show, opera and dance performances. Enjoy your evening in ornate Moroccan-styled interiors and check out the stunning murals.

4. Mystic Seaport Museum Near Pawcatuck
75 Greenmanville Avenue
Mystic, Connecticut 06355
(860) 572-0711
http://www.mysticseaport.org

Mystic, just 4 miles away from Pawcatuck, is steeped in seafaring history. North America's largest and most comprehensive maritime museum reflects the fact. Going back 79 years, the museum complex includes a waterfront settlement with a 19th century seafaring village feel. There are thirty historic buildings, tall whaling ships and a working shipyard where they still build ships in the traditional way.

There's an art gallery too with ship models and nautical paintings. If you're here in mid-May to early October, you could try a river ride on a 1908 steamboat – the SS Sabino.

5. Mystic Aquarium and Institute for Exploration
55 Coogan Boulevard
Mystic, Connecticut
(860) 572-5955
http://www.mysticaquarium.org

This aquarium is a must-see during your stay at your Pawcatuck Inn. The massive aquarium holds 3,500 sea creatures and includes a coral reef exhibit, but probably the star attraction here is the Beluga whale.

At the "Challenge of the Deep" exhibition center in the institute, you'll see the creatures that inhabit the ocean floors as well as sand tiger sharks, harbor seals, sea horses and more. The world-famous ocean explorer, Ballard, has also devised another exhibit, "Exploring Your National Marine Sanctuaries,” which takes you on a journey to explore shipwrecks and coral reefs.