I have to admit before the movie “Mystic Pizza” came onto the scene, I had never contemplated visiting Mystic, CT. For those that don’t know, or may never have seen the movie, this is one of the first appearances of Julia Roberts. While I’m not certain the movie ever was a huge box office smash, Ms. Roberts’ performance was critically acclaimed. As a fan, once I saw the movie, I knew I had to visit the town.
Mystic is a charming and quaint New England town, which is situated along the Mystic River. It is home to the largest maritime museum in the United States at Mystic Seaport, officially known as Mystic Seaport: The Museum of America and The Sea. It has many preserved sailing ships and is simply fascinating to visit. Our family spent hours there! Once, we visited during the Sea Music Festival, held each year in June. Here you will find many performances of the sea shanty, or work songs. It is a great weekend to be in the area!
As you are strolling in downtown, you will come upon the drawbridge, and if you’re there for any length of time, you will be able to see it in operation. Here you will also be able to chat with the locals, who are extremely welcoming. There is also a great ice cream parlor, Mystic Drawbridge Ice Cream, featuring homemade ice cream. The kids absolutely loved it, as did Mom & Dad!
Of course, a visit to Mystic Pizza is a must for a fan like me. Naturally, they draw the tourists, but it’s also a very popular place for the locals as well. In my experience, if it is patronized by the locals who live there, you can’t go wrong as a traveler.
So, if you’re in Connecticut and want to visit an astonishingly beautiful and historic little village, be sure to put Mystic on your agenda.