Situated on along the southeast corner of Connecticut, Stonington played an important role in the war of 1812. Four British vessels approached Stonington in August, 1814 and commanded the town to surrender. The people immediately fought back for three days, killing and wounding many British soldiers. The Royal Navy retreated and Stonington, having not lost one person to the fighting, was remained in control of itself. Present-day Stonington is a small town with just over 18,500 residents and the perfect spot for a relaxing, New England summer getaway.
Things to do in Stonington
For a historically-filled day, start at Stonington’s Old Lighthouse Museum. This attraction houses many artifacts from the Stonington area and stands at the entrance to the Stonington harbor. Go on a clear day and you can climb the lighthouse tower to see Connecticut, Rhode Island, and New York, From the lighthouse museum, stop at South Studio Six for a look at some modern day artwork. Then, head over to the Captain Nathaniel B. Palmer House Museum, a preserved National Historic Landmark. Palmer, born and raised in Stonington, was the first American to discover Antarctica.
The Mystic Aquarium is a main attraction in Stonington. Visitors can explore the many fish coral reefs, and jellyfish in tanks. The aquarium boasts over 35 African penguins that guests can view above and below water. Most notably, the aquarium is home the the largest outdoor beluga whale exhibit in the country. The aquarium also offers summer programs, youth and family conservation programs, and loads of events including “Cocktails with the Whales” and “Pancakes with the Penguins.” Give yourself some time to explore all of the fun this aquarium has to offer.
Day Trips from Stonington
Mason’s Island, a 600-acre island at the mouth of the Mystic River, was named after Major John Mason when he was granted the land in recognition for his military service. At the center of the island is a 47-acre nature preserve featuring woods that can be accessed by hiking trails. After some time in nature, get back onto the mainland and enjoy some oysters and a happy hour drink with a loved one at Oyster Club in Mystic, Connecticut. Be sure to go up to the Treehouse for a lovely view of the Mystic River while you sip on a cocktail. This is the spot to be on a warm, breezy afternoon.
Casinos aren’t exclusive to Vegas. Drive just 25 minutes north of Stonington, and you’ll find yourself at Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. Play the slots or a game of roulette if you choose, but the fun doesn’t end there. Foxwoods is known for hosting comedy shows, big name concerts, and parties in their 9 different nightclubs. The resort also includes a spa, golf course, and factory outlets with name-brand stores. If you’re looking for the ultimate vacation experience, Foxwoods is an ideal day trip.
Over 150 vacation rentals in and around Stonington are available through Tripping.com. From Victorian-style oceanfront properties to a gigantic estate with private tennis courts and a pool, there are many options to choose from.
Dogwatch Café is the spot to hang with the locals. Nestled into the Stonington Borough directly overlooking the Dodson Boatyard, Dogwatch Café offers delicious seafood options and an incredible view of the harbor at sunset (or anytime, really). Mystic Pizza II, yes, like the movie, is another favorite among residents. Customers can’t resist the warm, doughy pizzas or the chicken parmesan over pasta. The food hasn’t changed much since the place opened, so it’s easy to see why customers keep coming back. If neither of those strike your fancy, there are plenty of other great dining options along Water Street in Stonington.
Transportation in Stonington
To get to Stonington from out of state, fly into Providence, Rhode Island. You can rent a car for your trip at the airport and drive about an hour southwest to get to your destination. Many hotels provide shuttle services, so check in with them before being set on a rental car.
The town of Stonington does have a public bus system that runs through it. If you’d rather be more autonomous, renting a car or driving your own to Stonington is easy enough. Walking around the center of Stonington is recommended, as well as stopping by the shops and restaurants along the way.
Vacation Rentals in Stonington
Find the best Stonington vacation rentals on Tripping.com. With over 425 home rentals, take your pick from a wide variety of choices including studio apartments, luxury condos, and cozy cabin rentals. Prices in Stonington range from €45 a night. Many rentals can also be booked directly online.Vacation home rentals found on Tripping.com offer more amenities than the average hotel room along with many of the comforts of home. Going on a business trip or need to stay connected? 382 homes in Stonington offer high-speed WiFi Internet so you won’t miss a beat. Travelling with kids? Let them splash around in any of the 59 rentals with pool or jacuzzi, or relax with the family in one of the 351 homes with cable TV.For all those pet owners with dogs or cats, Stonington offers 100 pet-friendly vacation rentals for your extended family. Find the perfect vacation rental that matches your budget and style on Tripping.com.
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