Located just 20 minutes south of famed Mystic, Connecticut, and just two hours from New York city or Boston, MA., sits the quaint village of Niantic Connecticut.
Niantic is a warm, friendly and inviting seaside village easily accessible by car, foot, boat or train. It is a wonderful place to visit, play, and live. It’s a place where residents and visitors alike gather for specialty shopping, a wide-array of gourmet and eclectic dining choices, creative entertainment and arts, and water related activities within a village that has maintained its historic past.
Niantic is the only community on the Connecticut coast where the “Main Street” runs parallel to the beautiful Long Island Sound. Downtown Niantic is the traditional center of East Lyme, with a Town Hall, a non-chain specialty supermarket, a famed movie theater, various restaurants and pubs, a one-of-a-kind book store, several antique and boutique shops, and a town beach all within walking distance.
While it’s a great place to spend the day, there are also a couple of great bed and breakfasts and inns to suit the out-of-town visitors. Niantic has become a tourist destination in its own right, with Niantic Bay and Long Island Sound to the south, and the Niantic River to the east.
What Niantic lacks in name recognition and popularity, it more than makes up for in intrinsic character, with a traditional main street, a mile-long boardwalk overlooking Long Island Sound, and the host of unique shops and restaurants. No big-box stores here!!!
With the continuing evolution of southeastern Connecticut as a major tourist destination, Niantic has evolved as its own destination. While Mystic Seaport, Mystic Aquarium, Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods casinos, and the new Foxwoods / MGM Grand Resort casino overshadow this small maritime-themed village, it more than makes up for in its “small town” waterside ambiance where visitors still think of Niantic as a “real” place, and not just another touristy center.
So, do yourself a favor, and visit Niantic soon to discover your own Connecticut shoreline secret.