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Local Environment

Long Island Sound is the Grand Canyon of American Sounds – 110 miles long, 21 miles at the widest point. Sheltered from the Atlantic Ocean, the Sound develops it’s own ecosystem along the coast and it is quite distinct from the open ocean seashores.

Spartina grasses in the salt marshes offer sanctuary to young and vulnerable seahorses, oysters and mollusks. These young species breed and grow, protected from the hungry scavengers of the open sea. Once they have survived the vulnerable stage of growth they can move to the open waters. Salt marshes are the heart and soul of the sound. Hawk’s Nest Beach has protected marshes and wetlands adjoining the property.

Black Hall Outfitters can help you explore the surrounding natural environment.  The provide tours, kayak and paddle board rentals as well as fishing bait and tackle.  Find out more about what they offer here.

Mystic Aquarium

Mystic Aquarium

From the Mystic Aquarium website: “At Mystic Aquarium, close encounters of the incredible kind happen every day! Whether you’re touching a ray, feeling the splash of a beluga whale, going beak-to-nose with a penguin or exploring the five most extreme habitats of our ocean planet, you’ll learn more and “sea” more than you ever thought possible!”  Visit the Mystic Aquarium website here.

Essex Steam Train

Essex Steam Train

From the Essex Steam Train website: “Unlike many railroad museums and excursions, the Valley Railroad Company has been in existance in one form or the other since 1868. In some ways, the history of this little railroad is as exciting as a ride on the railroad today, and reflects the ups and downs of the American rail system from the early days of steam to the present. Enjoy!” Learn more about the Essex Steam Train here.

Mystic Seaport

Mystic Seaport

From the Mystic Seaport website: “What is Mystic Seaport? Ask three people and chances are you’ll get three very different answers. To some, it’s a fun family destination offering hands-on activities and special events. To others, it’s a world-renowned maritime museum featuring exhibit halls and historical interpreters. And to still others, it’s an incredibly valuable education and research center. ” Visit the Mystic Seaport website.

Block Island Express

Block Island Ferry

From the Block Island Express website: “Block Island offers the vacationer many choices when it comes to attractions, history, events, accommodations and restaurants along with some of the best beaches in the Northeast.” Visit the Block Island Ferry website.

Fox Hopyard Golf

Fox Hopyard Golf

From the Fox Hopyard Golf website: “Roger Rulewich has masterfully crafted a collection of holes that gives you the feel of playing through the mountains of Vermont, the lowlands of Kiawah and the links of Scotland all in one round.” Learn more about Fox Hopyard Golf here.

Children

Children’s Museum of Southern Connecticut

From the Children’s Museum of Southeastern Connecticut website: “The mission of the Children’s Museum of Southeastern Connecticut is to encourage learning and spark imagination by engaging children and all families through creative and hands-on play in a safe and accessible community environment.” Learn more about the Children’s Museum of Southeastern Connecticut here.

Florence Griswold Museum

Florence Griswold Museum

From the Florence Griswold Museum website: “To preserve the legacy of the artists who thrived here from 1899 to the 1930s, the Florence Griswold Association was incorporated in 1936 to establish a museum dedicated to the art colony. When the Association merged in 1955 with the Lyme Historical Society, the trustees recognized that the mission of this institution, now known publicly as the Florence Griswold Museum (FGM), must be grounded in both art and history.” Learn more about the Florence Griswold Museum here.