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Shoreline Segway – Glide By Scenic Vistas!

Choose from Three Tours of the Region

A fun way to tour the Connecticut shoreline, Shoreline Segway offers a 1 hour tour of Historic Guilford, Hammonasset Park with a third option that includes the Mystic region!  If you choose the Guilford tour, you’ll glide through the historic district, past the Agricultural Fair Grounds and to the Marina on Long Island Sound. The marina area offers a beautiful view of Long Island Sound, Falkners and Grass Islands as well as the Tidal Wetlands! For the Hammonasset ride, you’ll ride along the bike trails near the beach and out to the Wetlands viewing platform.  The Mystic tour starts from the Mystic Depot Welcome Center and from there you’ll glide through town, across the historic Mystic Bascule Bridge and along scenic River Road.  You’ll get a  wonderful view of the Mystic Seaport from across the River.   No matter which Segway tour you choose, you’ll enjoy the memorable sights and sounds of this lovely coastal region any time of year!

 Why we love it:   A fun activity before or after your lobster roll!

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  • Year Round
  • Weather Permitting and By Appointment
  • Cost Per Person: $70  Guilford, $75 for Hammonasset. $80 for Mystic
  • Minimum of 4 Riders for Mystic and Hammonasset Tours
  • 1310 Boston Post Road, Guilford, Connecticut 06437
  • (203) 453-6036
  • <a href="mailto:info@segwaytoursandrentals try this.com”>info@segwaytoursandrentals.com
  • www.segwaytoursandrentals.com/tour.html

 

 

Biking and Boating Along the Connecticut Shoreline

Spectacular Scenery By Land and Sea!

First by bike, then by boat. Book the popular “Connecticut Shoreline Bike/Boat Tour” with CT Bike Tours and experience the Connecticut coast in a leisurely – yet active way! Start at the Guilford Green – about 25 minutes east of New Haven and cycle out to Sachem’s Head – once a vacation spot for 19th century New Yorkers. From there, you will meander to the lovely village of Stony Creek where you’ll board you’ll board the Volsunga IV for a scenic one hour narrated cruise of the charming Thimble Islands – once the hiding place of the infamous pirate Captain Kidd! If you’d like, CT Bike Tours will deliver your car to you in Stony Creek and and that’s where you tour ends. OR, you can bike 6 another miles to Guilford with the remaining group. On the way back, you’ll stop at the Henry Whifield House – the oldest existing home in Connecticut and the oldest stone home in all of New England!

Suitable for cyclists of all skill levels, this tour takes approximately 4 hours and covers 20 miles or so.   Now, that’s a weekend workout deserving of lobster!   We suggest making your over to the Guilford Lobster Pound for lobster roll (or two) and an ice cold drink.

Why we love it:   This tour is “good” for you! 

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  • Seasonal
  • Saturdays and Sundays – 9 AM Start
  • Advance Reservations Required
  • $105 per person includes bike and helmet
  • Limited to Six Participants; Must Be At Least 16 Years of Age
  • Guilford Green
  • (203) 856-7263
  • info@CTBikeTours.com
  • www.ctbiketours.com

Lighthouse Point Park – Scenic and fun for the Family

View the Lighthouse, Ride the Carousel and Enjoy the Beach!

Enter Lighthouse Point Park in New Haven and you’ll have a wonderful day by the Long Island Sound.   Make your way over to the New Haven Lighthouse also known as the Five Mile Point Light since it sits on a point of land five miles from the New Haven Green and witness a historic, 70 foot tall sandstone structure that once guided ships into the harbor!

For a small fee,  kids and kids at heart will enjoy riding an old-fashioned carousel – one of less than 100 in use today.  And, there’s more at this wonderful community gathering place.  There’s a playground and swings, a new splashpad, a fishing pier for recreational fishing, a boat and kayak launch, a concession stand, a public beach for swimming and plenty of tables and shaded pavilions for a picnic at the park.  Of course, we suggest you flip flop over to the beach and enjoy a lobster roll lunch and a bag of chips right on the sand! {Photo Credit: Jeremy D’Entremont, New England Lighthouses}

Why we love it:  Spend an hour or the day.  Look for the Penney Press so you can make your own lighthouse or carousel souvenir!

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R.J. Julia Booksellers – Charming store for lobster books!

An Award Winning Independent Book Store

Located in the charming town Madison, R.J. Julia Booksellers is a “must stop in” while exploring this charming coastal community!  Perfect rain or shine,  In business for more than 25 years,  R.J. Julia has always been a place of inspiration, information, and excitement.   Knowledgeable and friendly staff members will guide you to best books on coastal Connecticut, maritime New England and more.  What an adventure!

Browse the shelves to find cookbooks on how to prepare yummy seafood and lobster at home.  Open 7 days a week rain or shine, R.J. Booksellers is offers a wonderful place of discovery for kids, teens and adults.  P.S.  Some of our favorite books are:  Lobster Shacks: A Road-Trip Guide to New England’s Best Lobster Joints by Mike Urban and The Secret Life of Lobsters by Trevor Corson.

Why we love it:   They have an amazing Cafe and Bistro serving espresso, soups, salads, sandwiches and award winning cupcakes made by local vendors!

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Thames River Heritage Park – Explore Heritage Sites

Heritage Sites Connected by Water Taxi Starting in June

The Thames River Heritage Park is not a conventional park with fixed borders. Instead, it’s a framework that draws together heritage and contemporary sites, neighborhoods, commercial districts and institutions on both sides of the river.  The park offers four anchor sites connected by water taxi: Fort Trumbull, Fort Griswold, The Submarine Force Museum  and Coast Guard Museum, scheduled to open in 2018.   Here are just a few of the many cultural attractions you can explore during a visit to the Thames River Heritage Park:  New London Historic Waterfront District, Whale Oil Row and Ledge Lighthouse in Groton!

The water taxi which begins on mid June operates on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only website here.  There are three water taxi stops – in New London, at City Pier (home of Mystic Whaler Cruises featuring lobster excursions)  in the Historic Waterfront District and at Fort Trumbull, or in the City of Groton, at Fort Street. The water taxi runs in a loop from 10 AM to 9 PM!

Why we love it:  The water taxi offers a fun way to get from one side of the river to the other!  Plus, the taxis are actually military boats that tie-in well with the park’s theme. 

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Wheeling City Tours – Dine and Glide!

Departs Every Thursday Just in Time for Dinner

Here’s a fun way to discover New London – by Segway!  Choose a route, hop on and on you’re on your way.    Pick the Downtown tour and you’ll glide around Waterfront Park, Downtown New London and Fort Trumbull, enjoying views of New London, Groton, Thames River and Long Island Sound.   With the Beaches option, you’ll glide  along New London’s beaches, through Ocean Beach Park along the boardwalk and nature trail, and past New London Harbor Light – Connecticut’s oldest and tallest lighthouse!    Select the mouthwatering Taste of New London tour (our personal favorite!) and your taste buds will jump for joy!   Departing every Thursday starting on June 23rd, this tour includes stops at Dev’s on Bank, (the famous) Captain Scott’s Lobster Dock, Berry’s Ice Cream & Candy Bar and Hot Rod Cafe.   When you book your this tour, be sure to upgrade your lobster roll to an even bigger one for a few bucks more.   Now, this is our kind of tour!

Why we love it:  A yummy way to explore a coastal community in Connecticut!

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Mystic Seaport – Historic Fun by the Water

A Maritime Treasure in Connecticut

Visit Mystic Seaport and you’ll be immersed into the area’s  seafaring past.  Explore a living history museum – a recreated 19th century village made up of historians, musicians, storytellers and craftspeople like shipsmiths and woodcarvers, visit galleries that chronicle over 300 years of maritime living, discover one of the world’s only preservation shipyards,  see historic tall ships and boats such as the Charles W. Morgan, the world’s last surviving wooden whaleship and so much more.

With a children’s museum that provides kids hands on opportunities to learn what it was really like to be a sailor back in the day and aplanetarium where kids of all ages can learn how about celestial navigation, Mystic Seaport is a wonderful experience the teaches and inspires us to further protect our ocean planet!    With year around activities and lectures, make Mystic Seaport a “must do” while your exploring coastal Connecticut.    Be sure to break for a lobster lunch or enjoy this favorite crustacean for dinner at a nearby seafood restaurant.   Yum!

Why we love it: Offers a fabulous journey back in time. It’s all about man’s connection to the sea and how we can learn from the past and preserve our future.   Totally inspirational.  

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Sheffield Island Lighthouse – Take a Cruise!

A Delightful Opportunity to Have a Lobster Dinner on Island!

The Norwalk Seaport Association’s Friends of the Norwalk Islands offers a 45 minute scenic boat ride from South Norwalk to Sheffield Island.  Once there, you can tour the the two and half story, 10 room Sheffield Lighthouse!   Pack a lobster roll lunch and have a picnic in the picnic grove or enjoy the sunset.

Every Thursday evening from June through September, enjoy the famous Thursday Clam Bake  in the festive tented pavilion on the lighthouse lawn.  Depart from South Norwalk at 6 p.m. and while you explore the Island the Seaport’s caterers prepare your choice of lobster, chicken or beef dinner.  {Photo Credit: Jeremy D’Entremont, New England Lighthouses}

Why we love it:   There’s always something to do on the lighthouse lawn!

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Hammonasset Beach State Park – Long Island Sound

Best of Both Worlds – Beach and Picnic Sites!

A visit to Hammonasset Beach State Park is more than just another day the beach.  Connecticut’s largest shoreline park offers over 2 miles of beach to enjoy swimming, strolling along the boardwalk, or just relaxing in the sun and surf.

Enjoy this beautiful, family friendly beach which has covered picnic areas (for your overstuffed lobster rolls, of course), a boardwalk and plenty of parking.

Why we love it:  It’s Connecticut’s largest public beach park – and there is a nature center with activities for visitors all year round!

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Stonington Old Lighthouse Museum – History in a Charming Town!

See Three States From the Top!

For more than 170 years, this modest stone citadel — a lighthouse tower attached to a dwelling  — has stood at the entrance to the harbor of Stonington, Connecticut’s only port facing on the Atlantic. Now regarded fondly as a durable symbol of a seafaring  past, in its working years it performed the valuable service of guiding ships across treacherous Fishers Island Sound.

In 1927 the Society opened it as a lighthouse museum, the nation’s first. Visitors may climb the 29 circular steps and a short ladder to reach the top of the tower, which looks over three states. There is also a perfect place for picnics on the grassy lighthouse grounds, which face across Little Narragansett Bay toward Watch Hill and Napatree Point, Rhode Island.

{Photo Credit: Jeremy D’Entremont, New England Lighthouses}

We love it:   A quintessential New England experience!

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Thimble Islands Boat Tour – Lovely Views!

 Join Captain Bob On a Thimble Island Cruise

Enjoy more of the Connecticut shoreline as you climb aboard  the 48 passenger boat Volsunga IV and venture out to discover the Thimble Islands – located in the southeast corner of Branford in the Long Island Sound.   On this 45 minute live narrated boat ride, you will hear about the natural history of the islands, the shellfish industries that thrived in town and the building boom that occurred during the Victorian Era. Listen to old stories and local legends as you witness picturesque scenery, including beautiful homes and shore birds.

Give yourself 10 to 15 minutes to find parking on the main roads around the dock vicinity and be sure to use the public restrooms in town before boarding the boat.   Boarding begins at the quarter of the hour and departs on the top of the hour.

We love it:  It’s an adventure – and a history lesson, too! There are 100-350 Thimble Islands that dot the coast. 

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  • Seasonal – Weather Permitting
  • Cash or Checks Only.  No Credit Cards
  • 4 Indian Point Road, Stony Creek,Connecticut 06405
  • (203) 481-3345
  • volsungacruises@gmail.com
  • <a href="http://www project management system.thimbleislands.com”>www.thimbleislands.com

Argia Sailing Cruise – Lobster Roll Picnic on Water

Embark on a Half Day or Sunset Cruise

Explore the seafaring village of Mystic, Connecticut, so rich in maritime history, and the surrounding islands from the spacious wooden deck of the sailing ship, Argia.  Relax as you sail by scenic coastlines and lighthouses or help the crew hoist and trim the sails aboard this elegant schooner. Each cruise includes complimentary snacks and lemonade. You may also bring your own beverages and food – coolers and cups are available (and this is perfect to bring along your own lobster rolls for a picnic on the water!)

The interesting departure and return schedule coincides with the historic Mystic River Drawbridge schedule – which opens twice for Argia with every cruise.

We we love it:  Plenty of gentle ocean breezes as you sit back and soak up the sunshine!

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  • Seasonal:  May-Mid October
  • Reservation Required
  • Seating for 49 Passengers
  • Schooner Wharf
  • 15 Holmes Street, Mystic, Connecticut  06355
  • (860) 536-0416
  • www.argiamystic useful source.com

Mystic Whaler Cruises – Lobster on A Tall Ship!

Enjoy A Lobster Dinner Aboard a Schooner

Venture out on the Mystic Whaler, a 110′ tall ship, and help the Captain and crew sail this majestic vessel along lovely Long Island Sound.   Departing out of New London on most weekends, this hands-on excursion is a delightful 3 hour experience. Bring a bottle of wine and dine on fresh chowder, succulent lobster, cole slaw and dessert as the salty air washes over you!

Why we love it:  It’s a romantic, maritime experience!

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  • Seasonal
  • Reservations Required
  • Limited Schedule
  • Sails from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
  • 35 Water Street, New London, Connecticut 06320
  • (800) 697-8420
  • www.mysticwhalercruises.com

 

Mystic Aquarium – A Fun Family Day Trip!

Home to the Rare Blue Lobster

Founded in 1973 to serve as a living laboratory and major public exhibit, Mystic Aquarium offers visitors the opportunity to “sea”  fish and invertebrates from around the world!   Step beyond the entrance gates and you’ll encounter New England’s only Beluga whales, sea lions, seals and a bunch of other species like the penguins, sharks and even Jelly fish!

Open daily, Mystic Aquarium offers a number of indoor and outdoor exhibits and a wonderful, interactive Discovery Lab – where you can check out the rare blue lobster!  Accordingly to those in the know – only one out of two million lobsters is blue.

Why we love it:  Here, it’s fun to explore. And at the Penguins Cafe – you can grab a burger, fries and sustainably sourced seafood!

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