Summer is the perfect time to boat around the Long Island Sound. Connecting you from Connecticut to New York, this is the perfect spot to beat the summer heat. Check out some of the best marinas on the LIS and get ready to plan your next adventure!
Mystic River Marina
Mystic River Marina is a fantastic full-service facility that has been family owned and operated since 1957. Located on the secluded Mason’s Island in Mystic, Connecticut, guests will enjoy beautiful views of Long Island Sound. Mystic River Marina has awesome amenities for the vacationing boater to enjoy. It is home to a swimming pool, laundromat, beautiful picnic area, a clubhouse, and more. Mystic River is also home to Kitchen Little, their very own restaurant with the best breakfast and freshest seafood around.
If you want to head off the property, head into Historic Downtown Mystic with nearly 60 restaurants and shops.This quaint town has everything you’re looking for. If you want something a little more thrilling, check out Mohegan Sun & Foxwood Resort Casinos, as they are some of the largest casinos in the US. These casinos are a twenty minute ride from Mystic River Marina.
Port Niantic Inc.
Port Niantic Inc is a fantastic marina in Niantic, Connecticut. Located on the beautiful Niantic River at the head of Niantic Bay, this marina is just minutes away from the Long Island Sound. Their perfect location gives visiting boaters easy access to all of the most desirable boating and fishing destinations along the Connecticut, Long Island and Rhode Island coastlines. In addition to having a great nautical location, the marina is nestled right in the heart of town. Visitors are a quick walk or car ride away from delicious restaurants, bars and other wonderful retailers.
Port Niantic Inc has a variety of fantastic amenities on-site to help boaters get some R&R. Visitors will have access to clean and private showering and restroom facilities, as well as complimentary WIFI. The scenic picnic area overlooking the river is completed with grills, making it a great spot to enjoy mealtime and watch the sun set.
Between the Bridges Marina
Between the Bridges Marina is located in historic Old Saybrook, Connecticut. This family-friendly marina is the perfect destination getaway. The kiddos will have a sparkling blue pool to splash around in while Mom and Dad relax on the sundeck. For daily meals, The Back Porch Restaurant is the marinas fantastic on-site restaurant. Here, guests can dine on delicious food while listening to live entertainment, available 5 days a week. If the weather is nice, din al fresco on the lighted, covered deck that overlooks the river for a breathing view. What a picture-perfect dinner!
There is also plenty to do off-site. Whether you’re looking for a great day on the beach or a shopping spree, Between the Bridges Marina is just minutes from it all! Head over to Harvey’s Beach for some fun in the sun. For the history buff, there are two great museums just minutes away. If you need to restock your wardrobe, check out the Tanger Outlets. There is something for everyone!
Saybrook Point Marina
Saybrook Point Marina in Old Saybrook, Connecticut is located at the mouth of the the Connecticut River. The marina provides world-class amenities and features an exquisite high-touch customer service for boaters looking to get away for awhile. Guests looking for a relaxing escape in a small, friendly town will fall in love with Old Saybrook. This charming community is full of sights to see and history to learn. Visit the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, known to locals as The Kate, to learn about Old Saybrook’s most beloved and celebrated resident before you sit down in the auditorium for a spectacular musical, theatrical or dance performance.
The marina itself is part of the luxurious Saybrook Point Inn and Spa, a beautifully appointed and tranquil property. Even better, Sanno, the on-campus spa, offers a variety of treatments that will relax and rejuvenate visitors. The Health Club at Saybrook Point is equipped with a steam room, sauna, indoor and outdoor pool, expanded sun decks, and therapeutic whirlpool. The club also offers a variety of fitness classes and state-of-the-art fitness equipment. Fresh Salt, Saybrook Point’s award-winning casual fine dining restaurant, features exquisite appetizers and entrees and offers an extensive wine menu served among a stunning waterfront atmosphere.
Thamesport Marina is located in the heart of beautiful New London, Connecticut! Its ideal location right off the Long Island Sound makes it the perfect destination for a quick stop for a longer cruise. However, why not stay a while? The marina not only offers scenic views of the Thames River, but also a variety of great amenities that will make your stay comfortable and fun! On site, guests will have access to private restrooms and showers, as well as a spacious parking lot if you are arriving by car. The Bat & Tackle and ship store will keep you well stocked if you want to spend a day on the water to see what nibbles. The marina also has beaches and a picnic area for an awesome beach day! Don’t forget to bring your four legged sailors-this marina is pet friendly!
With the town nearby guests will have access to everything they need. Though, we recommend visiting the two fantastic restaurants on either side of the marina, On The Waterfront and Fred’s Shanty. Both locations will offer you a diverse taste of New England seafood and cocktails!