Whether you are here for a season, a weekend or an afternoon you will find plenty to keep you busy. Take a stroll on historic Lyme Street for a glimpse of what life was like when sea captains called Old Lyme their home port. Visit the Florence Griswold Museum, Lyme Art Association, Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts or one of our local galleries for exhibitions of American impressionists and contemporary artists.

Find necessities for yourself and treasures for yourself and others: handcrafts, collectibles, jewelry, chocolates and so much more. Dine at one of our award-winning restaurants. Pick up lunch or a snack and picnic by the river or on the beach.

Located halfway between New York and Boston on the east bank of the picturesque Connecticut River and the shore of Long Island Sound, the Lyme and Old Lyme areas include splendid and unspoiled tidal marshes, tributaries and estuaries. Boating, canoeing and kayaking opportunities are abundant with several areas of public access available. Waterproof maps of canoe and kayak routes are available at our Town Halls. Hamburg Cove, located in Lyme, is well known as one of the most special and popular boating destinations in the northeast.

If you would like to strike out further, our Lymes provide the perfect home base to discover “still revolutionary Connecticut.”

Stay in one of the Town’s inns. Both the Old Lyme Inn and the Bee and Thistle Inn are located on Lyme Street in the historic village district of Old Lyme and are perfect places to begin a day of exploration. Old Lyme beaches are also a favorite vacation destination with hundreds of beach area cottages for rent and a public access beach at Sound View.

Lyme and Old Lyme are your gateway to Connecticut’s Freedom Trail, Wine Trail, Art Trail, Women’s Heritage Trail.

When you stay with us, you’ll be less than a minute from the roadways that will lead you to

THEATER – Goodspeed, The Kate, Ivoryton Playhouse, Long Wharf, Garde Arts Center, Yale Rep, Shubert, Eugene O’Neill
MUSIC – Garde Arts, Bring Our Music Back, Old Lyme Inn
DANCEEastern CT Ballet, Garde Arts
OTHER THINGS TO SEE & DO – Children’s Museum, Peabody Museum, Gillette Castle, Lyman Allyn, CT River Museum, boat rides on the Connecticut River

Nearby towns provide additional parks, historical landmarks and activities.

Local Parks and Recreation Areas

  • Connecticut River Scenic Overlook, Old Lyme
  • Sound View Beach, Old Lyme
  • Town Woods Park, Old Lyme
  • Hartman Park, Lyme
  • Watch Rock, Old Lyme
  • Gillette Castle, Lyme
  • DEP Marine Headquarters and Boardwalk, Old Lyme
  • Nehantic State Forest, Lyme
  • Uncas Lake-Norwich Pond Parks, Lyme
  • Selden Neck State Park, Lyme
  • Devil’s Hopyard State Park, East Haddam
  • Rocky Neck State Park, East Lyme
  • Connecticut’s State Parks & Forests

Boat Launch Areas
(*designates trailer access; other sites are carry-on and may be severely restricted by tide, vessel type, or parking limitations. Private marinas also offer launching capabilities.)

  • *Uncas Lake and Norwich Pond Launch Sites, Lyme
  • Hamburg Cove Launch Site, Lyme
  • Ely’s Ferry Road Launch Site, Lyme
  • *Great Island State Launch Site and Wildlife Area, Old Lyme
  • *Oak Ridge State Launch Site, Old Lyme
  • Gillette Castle/Hadlyme Ferry, Lyme
  • *Rogers Lake Launch Site, Old Lyme
  • Pilgrim’s Landing, Old Lyme
  • Ferry Road Park and Dock, Old Lyme
  • Buttonball Road Launch Site, Old Lyme
  • Smith Neck Road Launch Site, Old Lyme
  • Tantummaheag Road Launch Site, Old Lyme
  • Connecticut Boat Launch Map

Hiking Trails

Family Activities

Visit CTvisit.com for more information on what to do around the state.

Mystic Country and Connecticut River Valley have detailed information of what to do in the area.