Local Attractions

Here is just a sampling of some local attractions you may want to check out before or after the meeting.

Mystic Seaport Maritime Museum

The Museum of America and the Sea in Mystic, Connecticut is the largest maritime museum in the United States. It is notable for its collection of sailing ships and boats and for the re-creation of the crafts and fabric of an entire 19th-century seafaring village.

The Submarine Force Library & MuseumHome of the USS Nautilus

Aboard NAUTILUS, experience first-hand the thrill of being a submariner as you walk the decks that made Naval history: the world’s first nuclear powered vessel, first ship to go to the North Pole, and first submarine to journey “20,000 Leagues under the sea.” Explore the spaces where the crew of this amazing ship worked, ate, slept, and entertained themselves on their long voyages far beneath the ocean’s waves.

Foxwoods Casino

With exciting games, world class cuisine, electrifying entertainment, shopping & 5-star service, Foxwoods is the largest and top resort in the Northeast.

The Mystic Aquarium

The Mystic Aquarium is a marine aquarium in Mystic, Connecticut. It is one of only two American facilities holding Steller sea lions, and it has the only beluga whales in New England.

Connecticut College Arboretum

The Connecticut College Arboretum is a 300 ha arboretum and botanical gardens, founded in 1931, and located on the campus of Connecticut College in New London, Connecticut.  Self-guided tours are available.

Pequot Museum

Expansive museum of Native American history, with life-sized dioramas & a 16th-century village.

Fort Trumbull State Park

Built from 1839 – 1852, the fortification is one of a group of 42 forts which were constructed for the defense of the coast of the United States, and for defense of the harbors they guarded.  The Visitor Center contains interactive exhibits, 3-D models, and extensive graphics and text panels.  This one of a kind center depicts over 225 years of military history and technological advances from the Revolutionary War to the Cold War.

Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park

Add a touch of reality to your Revolutionary War history lesson with a visit to Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park.  This is the historic site where, on September 6, 1781, British Forces, commanded by the infamous Benedict Arnold, captured the Fort and massacred 88 of the 165 defenders stationed there. The Ebenezer Avery House which sheltered the wounded after the battle has been restored on the grounds. A Revolutionary War museum also depicts the era. Fort Griswold was designated as a state park in 1953.

The United States Coast Guard Academy

One of the nation’s four military academies. Museum spans the 200-year history America’s premier maritime service. Tall ship Eagle open Fri.-Sun. 1-5, when in port. Group tours are about an hour long. Guests should wear comfortable walking clothes and be ready to walk up and down hills. There is not charge for tours.

Lyman Allyn Art Museum

Founded in 1926 by Lyman Allyn’s daughter Harriet Upson Allyn, collections include European and non-Western art as well as American fine and decorative art, 17th-century European works on paper, 19th-century American paintings, and contemporary art. The Deshon-Allyn House on the museum’s campus is a Federal style house built in 1829 by Daniel Deshon, sold to Lyman Allyn, and occupied by various members of his family. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.