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Old LymeUnited States of America

The town is characterized by a network of waterways, picturesque timber buildings and a dazzling collection of celebrated art galleries. 

Old Lyme is one of the highlights of a journey along Connecticut’s stunning coastline. Stop here to appreciate some of the state’s finest artistic destinations and historic buildings. Old Lyme is more than just a cultural destination, however, as the town is also a popular place for watersports and wildlife watching.

The town was established, like many in this stretch of New England, in the mid-17th century. Visit its impressive collection of art galleries today to see the results of the community’s artistic boom during the late 1800s, when it was a focal point of the American Impressionist movement.

Start your exploration of Old Lyme’s arts scene in the Florence Griswold Museum. Griswold’s attractive, Late Georgian-style house is a national historic landmark. Discover here the work of the Lyme Art Colony, the artists behind the American Impressionist movement.

At the Lyme Art Association browse galleries that look to the future of American painting and sculpture. The next generation of artists is being trained in the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, which features year-round exhibitions of paintings by students and alumni.

Rent a kayak and paddle out onto the waters of Old Lyme. Explore the inlets around the Great Island Wildlife Management Area. Drift through brackish marshes and watch for waterfowl. The Connecticut River and Long Island Sound are also serene spots to enjoy fishing, either from land or on a boat.

Swim in Long Island Sound or sunbathe on one of Old Lyme’s beaches. White Sands Beach and Sound View Beach are two of the more popular coastal escapes. Enjoy the safe swimming space of an inland beach at Hain’s Park, which borders Rogers Lake.

Drive to Old Lyme on the coastal road that runs along southern Connecticut. The town is just over 30 minutes from New Haven, while buses run here from Old Saybrook. Visit throughout the year to enjoy this charming, artistic destination.

Top Hotels in Old Lyme

Old Lyme Inn
Old Lyme Inn
3.5 out of 5
85 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT

Situated in Old Lyme, this historic inn is within a 15-minute walk of Florence Griswold Museum and Lawrence & Memorial Family Medicine. Ferry Landing State Park ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (59 reviews)
Pristine upkeep - very clean

"This place was pristine as far as cleanliness and up keep. I always bring a blue light with me now to check for bed bugs and such. This place passed the blue light test! But because of stupid Covid..we didn't get any room service. Like returning from a day out and having your bed made! That is when ..."…"

Reviewed on 2020/7/21

Old Lyme Inn
Bee and Thistle Inn
Bee and Thistle Inn
3.5 out of 5
100 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT
The price is NT$4,838 per night from Nov 25 to Nov 26

Situated in the historical district, this spa inn is within a 15-minute walk of Florence Griswold Museum and Lawrence & Memorial Family Medicine. Ferry Landing ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (84 reviews)

"I was billed twice for my final payment. First when I checked in and then when I checked out."…"

Reviewed on 2019/10/21

Bee and Thistle Inn
Shore Road Inn
Shore Road Inn
2.5 out of 5
436 Shore Road, Old Lyme, CT

Situated in Old Lyme, this motel is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Rocky Neck State Park and within 9 mi (15 km) of Florence Griswold Museum and Waterford Speedbowl. Essex ...

Shore Road Inn
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Old Lyme

Seaport RV Resort
Seaport RV Resort
2 out of 5
45 Campground Road, Mystic, CT

Situated in Mystic, this campground is within 3 mi (5 km) of Olde Mistick Village, Mystic Seaport, and Mystic Aquarium and Institute for Exploration. Mystic ...

4/5Very Good! (3 reviews)
Nice family place

"It was very nice. It was clean, everything in the rv worked as it should have. Our 3 kids enjoyed the playground and although we didnt swim in the pool it looked very nice. Close to all main attractions in mystic. We will go back again."…"

Reviewed on 2019/6/23

Seaport RV Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Sep 25, 2019

The neighboring areas Old Saybrook and Essex were more interesting with things to do ie; dining and shopping.

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