The 700-acre Oswegatchie Hills Nature Preserve, adjacent to the Niantic River, is publicly-accessible land where visitors are inspired to appreciate and respect nature and nature preservation while hiking through this pristine habitat. This rugged forest, teeming with wildlife and filled with ponds, streams, and spectacular rock formations, sloping to an unspoiled saltwater frontage, will remain a place of quiet beauty forever.
Connecticut College Arboretum
Tour the Native Plant collection, the Caroline Black Garden or the beautiful Campus International Tree Collection.
New London, CT (860) 439-5020
Gillette Castle State Park
Gillette Castle Trail is a 2 mile loop trail located near East Haddam, CT that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.
E. Haddam, CT (860) 526-2336
Devil’s Hopyard State Park
Stroll through the lush woodlands of Devil’s Hopyard State Park on a 4.5-mile loop highlighted by a visit to the picture-perfect Chapman Falls. Enjoy some of the finest birding in the state.
E. Haddam, CT (860) 873-8566
Harkness Memorial State Park
Donated by the Harkness family to the State of Connecticut enjoy the panoramic views of Long Island Sound from Eolia, the elegant summer mansion set on over 230 seaside acres of sweeping lawns, with stately trees and spectacular gardens.
Waterford, CT (860) 443-5725
Rocky Neck State Park
Rocky Neck State Park Trail is a 2.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail that features beautiful wild flowers, see hawks, cranes, and herons along with many other seashore wonders. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
Niantic, CT (860) 739-5471
Denison Pequotsepos /Coogan Farm Nature & Heritage Center
This Center is a combination of both properties and features all-new exhibits highlighting the habitats and wildlife of southeastern Connecticut, as well as eight miles of trails that wind through a beautiful 300-acre wooded preserve.
Mystic, CT (860) 536-1216
Cedar Ridge Golf Course is a challenging, well-groomed par 3, 18 hole public golf course and features several holes over 200 yards in length. Beginners will enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and shorter length of the course, while experienced golfers appreciate the test of shot-making skills demanded by the par 3 layout.
East Lyme, CT 860-691-4568
One of Mystic Country’s most scenic golf courses, and one of Dave’s favorite courses.
Groton, CT (860) 445-0262
Norwich Golf Course
Another one of Dave’s favorite local golf courses
Norwich, CT (860) 889-6973
Foxwoods Lake of Isles Golf Course
N. Stonington, CT (888) 475-3746
Elmridge Golf Course
Pawcatuck, CT (860) 599-2248
Pequot Golf Club
Stonington, CT (860) 535-1898
Cooper Creek Mini Golf
The newest addition to Nature’s Art Village is Copper Creek Mini Golf, a one-of-a-kind, challenging / tournament-level, adventure mini golf course designed to test golfers both with their putting ability and their knowledge of minerals!
Montville, CT (15-20 minutes from our inn) (860) 443-43678 Copper Creek Mini Golf/
Party boat fishing at its finest! No reservations required. Walking distance from our inn.
Niantic, CT (800) 382-2824
Captain John’s Sunbeam Express
100-ft vessel offers deep-sea fishing.
Waterford, CT (860) 443-7259
The Mijoy 747 is an 85-foot aluminum fishing vessel offering deep-sea fishing.
Waterford, CT (860) 443-06639
Captain Dan Wood (private Fishing Charter
Wake and walk to Captain Dan’s boat (it’s literally a 60 second walk)
Niantic, CT (860) 442-6343