A family getaway to Mystic, Connecticut is a perfect destination if you love the New England summers. Mystic has a wonderful Aquarium, and the Mystic Seaport Museum is an amazing stop to learn about the Whaling Industry that is immortalized in Herman Miller's Moby Dick. You can also take out paddle boats, row boats, and sailboats at the Seaport and get close to the Mystic River Bascule Bridge, and take in the ships, homes, and waters lining the river.
If you do plan to visit Mystic, and are interested in both the Aquarium and Mystic Seaport Museum, the Mystic Pass combines the 2 attractions in a value priced combo. We were able to choose either same day or different days to visit the attractions. Note, for Mystic Aquarium, you will need a timed reservation, so plan your visit accordingly.
Mystic is home numerous restaurants, note some are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, so I would check with the places you plan on visiting. Mystic also has its famous Sift Bakery, Young Buns Doughnuts, Noble Smokehouse, Mystic Salad Co., The Shipwright's Daughter, and many more amazing eats. At Mystic Salad Co., it's take out, but you can grab a seat at the benches outside or lay a picnic blanket and enjoy the Mystic River Bascule Bridge, a famous drawbridge.
There is also the famous Shennecossett Golf designed by Donald Ross, it is a public course, and you can make reservations online.
If you wanted to do some shopping the Olde Mystic Village near the Mystic Aquarium has a Harry Potter/Fantasy shop and specialize drink stop at the Cloak and Wand 27 Coogan Blvd #2B Mystic, CT 06355. You can walk around and visit Alice in the Village 27 Coogan Blvd Bldg 26A, Mystic CT 06355 for some Bubble Tea or any tea and soak in the Alice in Wonderland vibes. Next door is Alice's Haunted Little Bookshop and that's a fun shop to check out.
There is so much to do, and a weekend or 3 days is a nice amount of time to visit. Hope you find more adventures, and you can always stop in at Mystic Pizza where the movie is filmed.