Come relax and have fun on the beach along the shores of Long Island Sound. We offer 48 summer vacation cottages (6 of which are winter rental homes) in the quiet town of Old Lyme, Connecticut. Hawk's Nest Beach is a New England resort that has been host for generations to families looking for a community oriented beach vacation, family reunion, or seaside home schooling adventure.
Kids can swim, explore the beach, crab, ride bikes, kayak, meet new friends or participate in the many daily-organized activities. Weekly movies on the beach, scavenger hunts, homemade Soundview donuts and Friday kid's talent show are highlights for all ages. Adults can relax with a good book on the porch, play tennis, stroll the waterfront or swim in the beautiful water.
For the curious and adventurous, self-guided tours abound in Old Lyme and surrounding communities. For those interested in the significant art history of this town, the Florence Griwold Museum has a world class collection of the early American Impressionist painters and historic gardens to explore on the banks of the Lieutenant River. Just 30 minutes away, there is the Mystic Aquarium and Research Institue with interactive exhibits. Just down the road is the famous Mystic Seaport - a recreated 19th century village with historic tall ships and world class whaling museum. The Pequot Museum in nearby Mashantucket offers a step back in time to view a truly amazing exploration of early Native American life. For more museums, restaurants, galleries and points of interest, visit our nearby attractions page.