Old Lyme, CT

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Old Lyme showing a lake or waterhole

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.

Where to stay in Old Lyme

Privacy in a Historic Country Home
Privacy in a Historic Country Home
Old Lyme, CT
The price is $195 per night from Jan 27 to Jan 28
Situated in Old Lyme, this vacation home is within 6 mi (10 km) of Devil's Hopyard State Park, Selden Neck State Park, and Beckett Hill State Park. Gillette ...
4/5 Very Good! (1 review)
"Loved learning the history of the property! The house was just stunning!!!!"

Reviewed on Oct 1, 2021

Privacy in a Historic Country Home
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 ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (85 reviews)
"Cozy and staff is awesome"

Reviewed on Nov 20, 2021

Old Lyme Inn
Bee and Thistle Inn
Bee and Thistle Inn
3.5 out of 5
100 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT
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 ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (87 reviews)
"THEY ARE OUT OF BUSINESS!!!! YOU BOOKED ME A HOTEL THAT NO LONGER EXISTS!!!!!"

Reviewed on Feb 19, 2021

Bee and Thistle 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.
Privacy in a Historic Country Home
Privacy in a Historic Country Home
Old Lyme, CT
The price is $195 per night from Jan 27 to Jan 28
Situated in Old Lyme, this vacation home is within 6 mi (10 km) of Devil's Hopyard State Park, Selden Neck State Park, and Beckett Hill State Park. Gillette ...
4/5 Very Good! (1 review)
"Loved learning the history of the property! The house was just stunning!!!!"

Reviewed on Oct 1, 2021

Privacy in a Historic Country Home
The Beach House - Old Lyme
The Beach House - Old Lyme
Old Lyme, CT
Situated on the waterfront, this romantic vacation home is within 3 mi (5 km) of Florence Griswold Museum, Ferry Landing State Park, and Lawrence & Memorial ...
The Beach House - Old Lyme
Classic Cottage in Best Private Community in Old Lyme CT.
Classic Cottage in Best Private Community in Old Lyme CT.
Old Lyme, CT
Located near the beach, this family-friendly cottage is within 6 mi (10 km) of Rocky Neck State Park, Childrens Museum of Southeastern Connecticut, and McCook ...
5/5 Exceptional! (16 reviews)
Lovely Beach Cottage
"This is a very clean and comfortable three bedroom beach cottage in a very quiet cottage community. Chris is an excellent host with good communication. Everything was exactly as advertised and really nice."

Reviewed on Nov 27, 2021

Classic Cottage in Best Private Community in Old Lyme CT.
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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