Guide to the Connecticut Shoreline
Plan your Connecticut shoreline vacation to the water’s edge with Water’s Edge Resort and Spa and enjoy a wealth of nearby attractions and activities, including action-packed casinos, educational museums, state parks and more. Refer to our area guide below and prepare for an experience you won’t soon forget.
Gillette Castle State Park
67 River Road
This hilltop fieldstone mansion overlooking the Connecticut River was built by William Gillette in 1919 and is located in Hadlyme. Gillette portrayed Sherlock Holmes on stage in New York for many years and this coastal Connecticut attraction is beloved by young and old.
Mohegan Sun Casino
1 Mohegan Sun Boulevard
Experience Connecticut’s newest destination for casino excitement, conveniently surrounded by top entertainment, gourmet dining, and premier shopping.
39 Norwich-Westerly Road
The largest casino in the world is located in nearby Ledyard. There are over 380 table games with over 100 poker tables. If you would rather try your luck with the slots, the casino has 7,600 to choose from.
1111 Chapel Street
Founded in 1701, Yale University is a private Ivy League university and is the third oldest institution of higher learning in the country. The New Haven must-see spot has been affiliated with nine Nobel Laureates and has produced many notable alumni, including five U.S. Presidents, 19 U.S. Supreme Court Justices, and several foreign heads of state.
Essex Steam Train & Riverboat
One Railroad Avenue
Whether you are on a Connecticut romantic getaway or visiting with family, the Essex Steam Train & Riverboat Twelve is a delightful attraction. Take a mile steam train ride along the scenic Connecticut River May through October.
55 Coogan Boulevard
This Mystic area attraction features 34 exhibits and nearly 3,500 specimens representing the world’s oceans. The proud centerpiece of the exhibit gallery is a reef with 30,000 living coral, stocked with sharks, stingrays and other colorful reef fishes. Daily demonstrations feature Atlantic Bottlenose dolphins and a fascinating exhibit is devoted to the Alaska Coast beluga whale.
75 Greenmanville Avenue
Founded in 1929, the museum houses the largest collection of boats and maritime photography in the world. Renowned for it’s village area, buildings and ships. Daily demonstrations of maritime trades, a preservation shipyard, exhibit galleries, planetarium, research facilities and educational programs.