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25 Best and Fun Things To Do In Old Lyme, Connecticut

Famous for its thriving arts scene, the coastal town of Old Lyme is home to numerous art galleries and a large community of artists.

It’s also a great place to visit if you’re looking to delve into the outdoors since the surrounding area is filled with opportunities for nature-based recreation.

From kayaking and paddle boarding to hiking, you’re sure to find something to suit your interests here!

And if you’re looking for a tranquil spot to unwind in the afternoon after a morning full of activities, the Sculpture Grounds at the home of local artist Gilbert Boro are an excellent spot for a relaxed picnic.

For those looking to satisfy their sweet tooth, The Chocolate Shell is sure to delight! Dubbed “the sweetest destination in Old Lyme”, this popular candy shop is chock-full of old-time favorites like Peanut Chews, Mallo Cups, and Abba Zabba, as well as truffles, bonbons, and pretzels dipped in chocolate. Delicious!

If we’ve piqued your interest in this delightful little town, continue reading for a list of everything else it has to offer so you can start planning your trip

The 25 Most Popular Things To Do In Old Lyme, Connecticut

25. Nott Island

5.0 ★★★★★ (1 review)

24. Lord Cove

4.0 ★★★★☆ (1 review)

23. Amtrak Old Saybrook – Old Lyme Bridge

3.0 ★★★☆☆ (2 reviews)

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Location: Old Saybrook CT

22. Saybrook Breakwater Lighthouse

4.5 ★★★★★ (2 reviews)

Location: Long Island Sound Old Saybrook CT

21. Upper Three Mile River Preserve

5.0 ★★★★★ (3 reviews)

Location: Old Lyme CT

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20. Poverty Island Beach

4.0 ★★★★☆ (4 reviews)

19. The Thomas Lee House

4.3 ★★★★☆ (6 reviews)

Location: 228 W Main Street Niantic CT

Tel:  860 739 6070

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18. Jewett Preserve

4.7 ★★★★★ (6 reviews)

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Location: 20 10 MacIntosh Road Lyme CT

17. Lynde Point

2.7 ★★★☆☆ (7 reviews)

16. Beckett Hill State Park Reserve

4.9 ★★★★★ (8 reviews)

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Location: Lyme CT

15. Rogers Lake

4.7 ★★★★★ (10 reviews)

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14. Raymond E Baldwin Bridge

4.1 ★★★★☆ (16 reviews)

Location: Old Lyme CT

13. Uncas Pond

4.5 ★★★★★ (17 reviews)


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12. Hamburg Cove

4.8 ★★★★★ (18 reviews)

11. Hartman Park

4.7 ★★★★★ (53 reviews)

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Location: 122 Gungy Road Lyme CT

10. Rocky Neck State Park Bathing Beach

4.5 ★★★★★ (106 reviews)

9. Fort Saybrook Monument Park

4.5 ★★★★★ (106 reviews)

Location: Old Saybrook CT

Tel:  860 395 3152

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8. Rocky Neck

4.0 ★★★★☆ (5 reviews)


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7. Lyme Art Association

4.7 ★★★★★ (9 reviews)

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Location: 90 Lyme Street Old Lyme CT

Tel:  860 434 7802

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6. Selden Neck State Park

4.7 ★★★★★ (27 reviews)

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Location: Lyme CT

Tel:  860 526 2336

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5. Soundview Beach

3.7 ★★★★☆ (65 reviews)


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4. Nehantic State Forest

4.7 ★★★★★ (99 reviews)

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Location: 29 Willow Ln East Lyme CT

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3. Ferry Landing State Park

4.6 ★★★★★ (211 reviews)

Location: 398 Ferry Road Old Lyme CT

Tel:  860 424 3000

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2. Florence Griswold Museum

4.7 ★★★★★ (361 reviews)

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Location: 96 Lyme Street Old Lyme CT

Tel:  860 434 5542

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1. Rocky Neck State Park

4.6 ★★★★★ (3,370 reviews)

Location: 244 W Main Street Niantic CT

Tel:  860 739 5471

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Thank you for reading our list of the best things to do in Old Lyme, Connecticut! We hope it helped you plan the perfect itinerary for your next trip to this fantastic destination. Happy travels!

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