Old Saybrook isn’t the only quaint, coastal town tucked away in Southern Connecticut. Drive just a few miles away from Old Saybrook and discover an array of Southern Connecticut attractions in neighboring villages. From renowned maritime museums to historic main streets, these southern Connecticut towns offer a dose of adventure with plenty of charm.
Just seven miles up the Connecticut River, Essex, CT combines quaint, village charm with world-class culture. Hop aboard the Essex Steam Train & Riverboat and discover the rich mechanical heritage of Connecticut while taking in the sights. For those crazy about the water, the Connecticut River Museum offers day trippers the opportunity to hear stories about the river and its people through rotating exhibits and special programming. Learn more: http://essexct.com/explore/
Continue north towards the hamlet of Chester, CT, nestled amongst some of the best state parks in Connecticut. Retreat to the white cedars of Cockaponset State Forest for a vigorous hike and some reconnecting with nature. If you prefer culture to nature, venture across the river from Chester to the Gillette State Forest. Here, you can hike up to Gillette Castle, a stone fortress with a most unusual history. Learn more: http://www.visitchesterct.com/