CT Coastal Getaways: Guide to the Connecticut Shoreline
Plan your Connecticut shoreline vacation to the water's edge with accommodations at 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.
314 Flat Rock Place
Deals meet style at the Tanger Outlets, located in Westbrook, CT less than two miles from Water's Edge Resort & Spa. This sprawling outdoor shopping center offers nearly one hundred brand name stores, restaurants and entertainment options. Browse over three dozen apparel and accessories outlets, including Levi's, New Balance, Eddie Bauer, J. Crew and Nine West. If you're just looking for a relaxed afternoon, the Marquee's Westbrook Cinema 12 offers all the latest Hollywood releases.
Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge
733 Old Clinton Road
Formerly named the Salt Meadow National Wildlife Refuge, this is an excellent place to experience the iconic nature and beauty of the Northeast. Stewart B. McKinney NWR is a popular destination for hiking, bird and other wildlife watching, and fishing throughout the year. There are several self-guided hiking trails throughout the park, and complimentary ferry service to Sheffield Island if available during the summer months. Pack your camera and a comfortable pair of shoes for a invigorating afternoon communing with nature at the Stewart B. McKinney NWR
Please be advised: fishing is not permitted at the NWR, however fishing is permitted in some adjacent waters. Hunting is restricted to a limited area and is allowed with permit only. Most features are open from a half-hour before sunrise to a half-hour after sunset. Some features may offer different hours, and others may be seasonal. Typically, seasonal features will only be open during the summer months.
Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets
20-A Killingworth Turnpike
Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets are known for a wide selection of higher end outlets including Calvin Klein, Coach, DKNY, Kenneth Cole, Michael Kors, Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th and many more. A number of dining options and specialty boutiques spanning from candles to cookware round out a list of over 70 premium stores.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mystic Seaport - The Museum of America and the Sea
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.
350 Trolley Boulevard
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.