Historic Saybrook

Historic Saybrook

Explore Old Saybrook From Our Award-Winning Hotel

From antiques to boutiques, Old Saybrook offers a luxury gateway to the treasures of New England. Nestled at the mouth of the Connecticut River, in the historic town of Old Saybrook, Saybrook Point Inn & Spa is one of the premier waterfront resort destinations. Try your luck at the Mohegan Sun or Foxwoods casinos. Test your handicap at a local golf course. Take the kids on a tour of the Connecticut River Valley on an authentic steam train or scale the walls of Gillette Castle, a medieval-style fortress designed by creative genius William Gillette. A vast playground of possibilities offers you a multitude of things to do only minutes from our historic resort in Old Saybrook.

Things to do in Old Saybrook include:

View a calendar with the latest exhibits, events performances in the Old Saybrook Area.


The Antiques Depot
12 Plains Rd. (Rte. 153)
Essex, CT
Wed, Thurs, Sun 10-4
Fri & Sat 10-5

Essex-Saybrook Antiques Village
345 Middlesex Turnpike, Old Saybrook, CT
Mon-Sun 11-5

Old Saybrook Antiques Center
756 Middlesex Turnpike. Old Saybrook, CT
Mon-Sun 11-5

Clinton Antique Center
78 E. Main St., Clinton, CT
Daily 10-5
Closed Wed Oct-April

The Source
373 Essex Rd. (Rte. 153), Westbrook, CT
By chance or appointment

Stepping Stones Antiques
315 Boston Post Rd., Old Saybrook, CT
Wed & Sun 9-4


CT Bike Tours (20 min.)
75 Round Hill Road
North Haven, CT
Shoreline Bike & Boat Tour takes place from the Guilford Green, off I-95 at exit 58.

Mohegan Sun (30 min.)
Indian Casino Resort
Located off Exit 79A on I-395
in Uncasville, Eastern Connecticut

Foxwoods (45 min.)
Indian Casino Resort
Located off of Exit 92 on I-95
in Eastern Connecticut

Essex Steam Train (10 min.)
Essex, CT
Enjoy sightseeing in the scenic Connecticut River valley on a real steam train. A narration highlights the history, flora and fauna along the way. Dinner trains and special holiday trains are available.

Gillette's Castle (20 min.)  Hadlyme, CT
It looks like a medieval fortress, but a step inside the stone castle reveals the creative genius that was William Gillette
Mystic Aquarium, Seaport and Historic District (30 min.)
Mystic, CT


Hammonassett State Park (25 min.)
I-95 South, Exit 62, Madison, CT
(203) 245-1817
In-state weekends/weekdays $9/$7
Out-of-state weekends/weekdays $14/$10
Over 2 miles of beach to enjoy swimming, strolling, bicycling and Nature Center programs and exhibits

Harvey's Beach (5 min.)
Route 154, Old Saybrook, CT
(Stop at Front Desk for Beach Parking Passes)
Our town beach is a small shallow-water beach with bathhouse and showers

Rocky Neck State Park (20 min.)
I-95 North, Exit 72, Niantic, CT
(860) 739-5471
In-state weekends/weekdays $9/$7
Out-of-state weekends/weekdays $14/$10
Features a large stone pavilion, diverse trail systems and a gently sloping beach

Boating Rentals and Charters

Real Escape (on site)
Office 860-793-9933 or Cell 860-302-0559
56-foot Hatteras yacht for up to 45 guests hourly; 6 guests overnight with 3 private staterooms.
Cruising the Connecticut River, Long Island Sound, Manhattan, Long Island, Newport, Boston, New York and surrounding waters.

Connecticut River Quest
For Reservations call (860) 662-0577
Come on by and enjoy a peaceful, informative cruise on the "new and improved" RiverQuest. Now the perfect boat for the river! Look for our resident East Haddam eagles, see nesting ospreys and other local wildlife while cruising on the beautiful lower Connecticut River. RiverQuest is also available for intimate Private Charters for up to 45 guests.

Eagle Boat Tours
For Reservations call (800) 996-8747
The Connecicut Audubon Society will sponsor boats departing from Essex, CT to view eagles wintering along the Connecicut River.  Aboard the vessle will be naturalists to assist in identification and to talk about the local and natural history.  All boats have a large heated cabin, restroom, and open decks.  Tours last approximately one hour and forty-five minutes in length and run from mid-February to mid-March.

Sea Sprite (on site)
Captain Pete Wheeler 860-669-9613 or petersprite@hotmail.com
Deep Sea Fishing

Mystic Whaler Cruises (30 min.)
Mystic, CT
Lobster dinner cruises and day voyages

Thimble Island Cruises (20 min.)
Stony Creek, CT
Day cruise to picturesque islands

Sunset Drifter Charters (on site)
Hourly charters for up to 6 passengers
Rates: $200 for a 1-hour cruise, $295 for a 2-hour cruise, $150 for each additional hour (rates subject to change without notice)
Contact Captain Wayne at (860) 301-3534


Children's Museum of Southern Connecticut (20 min.)
Niantic, CT

Mystic Aquarium, Seaport and Historic District (30 min.)
Mystic, CT

Saybrook Mini Golf (next door)


Leif Nilsson Spring Street Studio and Gallery (20 min.)
1 Spring Street, Chester
(860) 526-2077
A Fine Art Gallery featuring Contemporary Impressionistic Oil Paintings and drawings by Leif Nilsson

Cooley Gallery
25 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT
(860) 434-8807
Specializes in fine American paintings and works on paper of the 19th and 20th centuries, including the Hudson River School, Connecticut and American Impressionism, and select contemporary realism

Brick Gallery (10 min.)
10 Main Street, Essex, CT
Large showing of local artists

Southeastern Connecticut's Public Golf Courses

Fenwick (next door)
(860) 388-2516
Public 9 Hole course in the middle of historic residential area with views of Long Island Sound. No Pro Shop or Driving Range.

Fox Hopyard (25 min)
1 Hopyard Road, East Haddam, CT
(860) 434-6644
Challenging and beautiful, a 7000 yard Par 71semi-private club with magnificent club house restaurant, Pro Shop, Driving Range and PGA instructors

Quarry Ridge (30 min)
9 Rose Hill Road, Portland, CT
(860) 342-6113
18 holes with varied elevations offering breathtaking views.
Pro Shop, driving range, casual restaurant

Essex Golf & Sportswear Shop
118 Main St. Old Saybrook, CT 06475
(860) 510-0655
Local retail store in town with a variety of golf equipment and apparel.

Historical Society

Old Saybrook Historical Society (5 min.)
General William Hart House and Archives
Main St., Old Saybrook
Offering tours, lectures, exhibits, Garden Parties and other events that
showcase the history of Old Saybrook

Movie Theaters

Marquee Cinema 12 (10 min.)
I-95 South, Exit 65, Westbrook, CT


Allegra Farm (20 min.)
East Haddam, CT
(860) 873-9658
A living history museum of 19th Century Horse-Drawn Carriages.
Carriage rides, hayrides and sleigh rides available by reservation.

Florence Griswold Museum (10 min.)
96 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT
(860) 434-5542
Home to the Lyme Art Colony , Miss Florence's boardinghouse became the center of Impressionism in America.
Tuesday - Saturday, 10-5
and Sunday, 1-5
The Museum is closed Mondays, New Year's Day, Easter, July 4, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.
$8 Adults; $7 Seniors & Students; $4 children 6 to 12
Free to visitors under 6

Mystic Seaport Museum of America and the Sea (30 min.)  Mystic, CT
I-95 to Exit 90
The village and ship's area is an active living history museum with 17 acres of exhibits portraying coastal life in New England in the 19th century.

Connecticut River Museum (10 min.)
67 Main Street, Essex, CT
Features permanent and changing exhibitions on the maritime, economic and cultural history of the Connecticut River valley from Canada to Long Island.

U.S.S. Nautilus & Submarine Force Museum (20 min.)
Groton, CT
(860) 694-3558
The Submarine Force Museum, located on the Thames River in Groton, Connecticut, maintains the world's finest collection of submarine artifacts.

Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center (30 min.)
Mashantucket, CT
The world's largest and most comprehensive Native American museum and research center


Goodspeed Opera House (20 min.)
East Haddem, CT
The Goodspeed Opera House is the birthplace of some the world's most famous musicals, including Annie, Man of La Mancha and Shenandoah.

Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center (5 min.)
Old Saybrook, CT
The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center will promote programs to benefit all age groups including concerts, live theatre performances, dance, painting, sculpture, architecture, literature, comedy and cabaret, similar to activities that took place at the original theater.

Saybrook Point is a proud corporate sponsor of The Kate. Through our sponsorship we are supporting the arts in our local community. As a sponsor, we offer our guests 10% off premium seats.  Ask about tickets at the front desk.

The Ivoryton Playhouse (15 min.)
Main Street, Ivoryton, CT
Built in 1908, the Ivoryton Playhouse became the first self-supporting summer theater in the nation.


Saybrook Country Barn
For a wonderful shopping experience right here in town, visit the Saybrook Country Barn offering a wide variety of gifts, apparel, home goods, and more

Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets
I-95 South, Exit 63, Clinton, CT
Hours vary so please call or visit website

Tanger Outlets (10 min.)
I-95 South, Exit 65, Westbrook, CT
Hours vary so please call or visit website

Olde Mistick Village (25 min.)
I-95 North, Exit 90, Mystic, CT
Open year-round Mon - Sat 10-6; Sun 12-5
Extended hours during the summer and holiday seasons

Action Sports (5 min.)
1385 Boston Post Road, Old Saybrook

Beach Nut Sports Center (10 min.)
Dick's Marina
314 Boston Post Road, Westbrook

Public Tennis Courts

Old Saybrook Tennis and Swim Club (10 min.)
Spring Brook Road, Old Saybrook, CT
(860) 388-5115
4 Indoor courts/ 4 Outdoor courts
Summer: $16 for 75 min.
Winter: $30 for 75 min.

Lyman Shore Racquet Club (15 min.)
27 Colton Rd., East Lyme, CT
6 indoor and outdoor courts. $32 per hour.

Bicycle Tours

CT Bike Tours (20 min.)
75 Round Hill Road
North Haven, CT
Shoreline Bike & Boat Tour takes place from the Guilford Green, off I-95 at exit 58.

One Of The Most Romantic Resorts In Old Saybrook

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