A Kid Friendly Travel Guide for Mystic Country

Mystic Country is one of my favorite family friendly destinations for all seasons here in Connecticut. If you are planning a trip to this area with your family, here is my kid friendly travel guide for Mystic Country.

My family and I spent 24 hours exploring Mystic and Stonington a few days after the Christmas holiday. We had so much fun visiting the Mystic Aquarium, dining out at numerous kid friendly restaurants, and even watching a movie while swimming in a pool! If you are planning a trip to this area with your family, here is my kid friendly travel guide for Mystic Country.

Where to Stay with Kids in Mystic Country

Staying at a hotel with a baby can be difficult, especially when the baby goes to bed at 6:30pm. Thankfully, the Hilton Mystic has connecting rooms available. We booked two double Queen rooms with an adjoining door. I stayed in one room with Arbor and my husband stayed in the other room with the big girls.

Each room was equipped with a microwave and refrigerator, plus a small seating area, television, and full bathroom (with a bathtub!). We brought our own portable crib, but the front desk said they had one available if needed. The rooms were clean, spacious, and had comfortable beds!

Our daughters absolutely loved swimming in the indoor pool with ‘dive-in’ movie while their little sister slept in the room with their Dad. The water was warm and the movie was funny!

Hilton Mystic Kid Friendly Hotel

Kid Friendly Restaurants in Mystic Country

Breakwater Stonington Kid Friendly Restaurant
Rocks 21 Mystic Family Friendly Dining


We sat at a high top booth with comfy seats in the bar area. I was excited when they brought out an extra tall high chair to meet the table! Our waitress was so kind, asking about allergies and putting in our hungry kids’ meals right away. She also brought our daughters crayons and a coloring mat — this is such a great feature to have at a restaurant!

Andiamo Mystic

Everything we ordered was tasty: cheesy garlic bread, House Mista salad (I LOVED this), Caesar salad, kids’ meatballs, kids’ chicken parmesan, broccoli rabe and sausage pizza and veggie vegan cheese pizza. Since I’ve been following a dairy free diet it was nice to see a vegan cheese option on the menu! I was also very impressed with portion sizing — our girls’ were excited to have leftovers to bring back to the hotel.

Andiamo is a great restaurant to bring your family for a casual Italian meal. Not only was the food delicious, but the staff and service was amazing as well!

Rocks 21

Upon first glance, one may think Rocks 21 isn’t a kid-friendly restaurant with its impressively sophisticated menu. However, Rocks 21 welcomes guests of all ages! Our server brought the older girls crayons, a fun activity sheet/menu, and lemonade in a kid cup. Their menu had all the favorites: cheeseburger and fries, macaroni and cheese, and pizza. Brandon and I ordered the Lobster Roll (omgoshsogood) and Prime Rib Special (he said it was outstanding!).

We enjoyed our meal beside a beautiful roaring fireplace with views of the water. We would’ve loved to try the dessert menu but were so full after dinner! After saying goodbye to the friendly table who entertained Arbor for a great portion of the meal, we headed back to our hotel.

Rocks 21 Mystic Family Friendly Dining
Rocks 21 Mystic Family Friendly Dining

Breakfast at The Irons at Hilton Mystic

We tried a little bit of everything from the buffet — Annabelle was very excited about the possibility of never-ending bacon. The food was hot and fresh — both at the buffet and what we ordered from our server! The Irons is a family friendly spot for breakfast in the Hilton Mystic.

Mom sipping coffee while holding baby with bagel at Irons Hilton Mystic
The Irons Hilton Mystic Breakfast Buffet

The Irons Restaurant is located in the Hilton Mystic and open for Happy Hour, Dinner, and Breakfast. They are known for a rotating dinner menu highlighting the best seasonal and local ingredients available, with an emphasis on seafood.

Breakwater at Stonington Harbor

kids steak at breakwater stonington
hot lobster roll breakwater

Having previously scoped out the menu at Breakwater, I knew I wanted to order oysters and the Lobster Cobb Salad. The oysters were fresh and the Lobster Cobb was so delicious, topped with a generous portion of sweet lobster. The girls ordered macaroni and cheese, broccoli rabe, french fries and the steak tips. There weren’t any leftovers here — we all loved our dishes so much!

My husband and I hope to return to Stonington Borough when its warmer to eat outside at Breakwater. While driving through Stonington we noticed a lot of fun shops I’d love to peek into as well!

Things for Families to Do in Mystic Country

Olde Mistick Village

We returned to Olde Mistick Village when the sun went down to see the Holiday Lights Spectacular. It is the largest holiday light display in southern New England, totally FREE to the public, runs from mid-November through the end of January 2023. The girls LOVED running through the lights and the interactive displays.

The Holiday Lights Spectacular at Olde Mistick Village

Mystic Aquarium

Beluga Whale at Mystic Aquarium

This was our youngest’s first visit to the aquarium — and we hope to take her back when she is a bit older. We anticipated a less than enthusiastic reaction from her since her big sisters went to the aquarium around the same age. While she did enjoy looking at the glow in the dark jellyfish, she was a little angry she could not swim with the seals.

During this trip the older girls were able to experience a NEW installation called Undersea Explorer VR. The Undersea Explorer is an incredible virtual reality ocean journey! Annabelle and Ailey were able to swim with SHARKS and said it was one of the coolest things they have ever done!

Note: There is a height requirement for the VR experience. Admission is an additional charge and advanced ticket purchases online are highly recommended.

Want to read more about visiting Mystic Aquarium? We have a full recap of our first time there here.

Stonington Borough Lobster Trap Tree

Kids in front of the Lobster Trap Tree
Kids in front of the Lobster Trap Tree
Lobster Trap Tree
Lobster Trap Tree

Our final stop before heading home was to see a renowned architectural masterpiece: the Stonington Borough Lobster Trap Tree. I have never seen the Lobster Trap Tree in person and was quite excited to have the privilege to do so before it is taken down. My daughters and I stood in awe for quite some time, staring at the incredible painted buoys adorning the tree made of lobster traps.

Every year the six week long art installation promotes the talents of over 100 artists (local children included) and attracts tourism to Stonington. The buoys on the tree highlight the culture and history of the community by depicting town landmarks and community celebrations in some of the art work. It is truly a sight to see — day or night — and next I hope to return to see it all lit up!

There is so much more to see and do in Mystic Country that we cannot wait to return! We’d like to thank Mystic Country, Hilton Mystic, Andiamo, Rocks 21, Mystic Aquarium, and Breakwater for the wonderful 24 fun family hour getaway!

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Caitlin Houston is a Mom of three and creator of Connecticut based life + style site Caitlin Houston Blog.

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Caitlin Houston

Caitlin Houston is a Mom of three and creator of Connecticut based life + style site Caitlin Houston Blog.