From New York City: 130 miles, 2+ hours; take I 95 North, Exits 63-93
Alternatives to I-95 from New York City
From Philadelphia: 220 miles, 4+hours; Rte. 73 South 40 miles to NJ Turnpike to I 95, Exits 63-93
From Newark: 140 miles, 2+hours; NJ Turnpike North to I 95, Exits 63-93
From Boston: 100 miles, 1+hours; I 95 South, Exits 93-63 or I-90 West, Exit 10, I-395 South
From Albany: 150 miles, 2+hours; I 90 East Exit 10, I-395, Exits 100-76
I-95 Exits of Interest:
Exit 63 Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets
Exit 65 Tanger Outlets
Exit 67 Downtown Old Saybrook
Exit 70 Florence Griswold Museum, Lyme Art Association, LymeAcademy College of Fine Arts
Exit 72 Rocky Neck State Park
Exit 74 Downtown Niantic
Exit 76 Mohegan Sun
Exit 83 Downtown New London, Ocean Beach Park, Transportation Center
Exit 90 Mystic Seaport, Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration, Olde Mistick Village
Exit 92 Foxwoods Resort Casino, Misquamicut Beach
I-395 Exits of Interest:
Exit 77 Waterford Commons, Crystal Mall, Waterford Speedbowl
Exit 79A Mohegan Sun
Exit 80 Norwich Harbor
Exit 81 Slater Museum, Mohegan Rose Garden
Exit 82 Connecticut Defenders AA Baseball
Exit 86 Pachaug State Forest
Exit 97 Putnam Antiques District
Take Hutchinson River Parkway (North) to Route 15 North (Merritt Parkway). Take Merritt Parkway Exit 54 and follow signs to Interstate 95
Return home: Take Interstate 95 South to exit 38 and follow signs to the Merritt Parkway South (Route 15). Travelers can proceed directly on the Merritt Parkway to the Hutchinson River Parkway.
Country to Coast: Start the drive with a visit to Gillette Castle in East Haddam, CT. The castle was built by William Gillette, the eccentric 19th century stage actor who became famous playing the character of Sherlock Holmes. Today the castle (open until Columbus Day) and its grounds (open year round) are a state park overlooking the Connecticut River, offering a spectacular view of the fall foliage. Follow Rt. 148 west to the Chester/Hadlyme Ferry, which began operating in 1769 and transported horse carriages and Revolutionary War supplies. The 15-minute one-way ride (with car and driver) is $2.75 and passengers are .75. If you keep an eye out during low tide you might spy Gillette’s sunken houseboat Aunt Polly in the Connecticut River. Once off the ferry, take Rt. 148 to Rt. 154 south for a short drive to downtown Essex. Enjoy a stroll, lunch and a visit to the Connecticut River Museum. For a coastal discovery continue along Rt. 154 to Saybrook Point for a scenic trip into the center of Old Saybrook and then out to Saybrook Point where the road turns and follows the coastline and provides beautiful views on clear days.
Ferry Service: Visitors can enjoy a scenic ride to New London aboard several ferries to visit us from Long Island, Block Island, and Fisher's Island.
A Little History, Please: Start your approximately 25-mile drive after a hike at Pauchaug State Forest/Mt. Misery in Voluntown, CT. Exit the park and proceed along scenic Route 49 South towards North Stonington for 12 miles. You will pass by century old farms and fields that were along the route of Revolutionary War soldiers. Once in North Stonington at a four-way traffic light, bear right onto Route 184 West. You will come to a traffic circle. Follow the signs to Route 184 West.
Drive for 6 miles on Route 184 and turn left onto North Stonington Road. You will pass Clyde’s Cider Mill, the oldest steam pressed cider mill in the country, on your right. Continue to a stop sign and take a left onto Lantern Hill Road, which turns into Main Street. Drive for about a mile and bear right at the four-way stop sign, which continues to be Main Street and take the first left onto River Road. Follow this scenic road along the Mystic River for 3.5 miles. Enjoy water views, the ships of Mystic Seaport and Mystic’s 1920s Bascule Bridge. When the road ends, turn right onto Pearl Street. Road ends at Route 1, which is also West Main Street in Mystic. Do some shopping, visit the Mystic Arts Center and have lunch at Mystic Pizza.
Block Island Ferry
Rail: Many visitors hop aboard Amtrak's Northeast Service from New York City to nearby Old Saybrook, New London, Mystic, and Westerly.
Cross Sound Ferry
Viking Passenger Ferry
Bus Service: Several bus companies provide service from major cities throughout New England to the Mystic Country region, including Foxwoods Resort Casino, and Mohegan Sun.
Amtrak New London
Peter Pan/Arrow Bus Lines
Airports: The Mystic Country region is served by several airports.
Bradley International Airport
Columbia Air Services
Groton-New London Airport