Introducing Connecticut Coast
The southeastern corner of Connecticut is home to the state’s number one tourist attraction and the country’s largest maritime museum, Mystic Seaport. Built on the site of a former shipbuilding yard in 1929, the museum celebrates the areas seafaring heritage when fishermen, whalers and clipper ship engineers broke world speed records and manufactured gunboats and warships for the Civil War.
To the west of Mystic, you’ll find the submarine capital of America, Groton where General Dynamics built World War II subs and across the Thames River, New London. To the east is the historic fishing village of Stonington, extending along a narrow mile-long peninsula into the sea. It’s one of the most charming seaside villages in New England, where Connecticut’s only remaining commercial fleet operates and yachties come ashore in summer to enjoy the charming restaurants on Water St.
Much maligned for decades as a decayed urban seaport notable only for being an uneasy home to the venerable Yale University, Connecticut's second-largest city is shaking off its negative reputation with its growing urban sophistication and thriving arts scene.
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A skyline of masts greets you as you arrive in town on US 1. They belong to the vessels bobbing ever so slightly in the postcard-perfect harbor. There's a sense of self-satisfied calm and composure in the air – until suddenly a heart-stopping steamer whistle blows, followed by the cheerful cling of a drawbridge bell. You know you've arrived in Mystic.