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Old Saybrook

Old SaybrookBordered by the Long Island Sound and the Connecticut River, Old Saybrook is an ideal seaside destination. A quintessential New England maritime village, it exudes spirit,  charm,  and a  rich seafaring tradition.  

Old Saybrook has two beautiful public beaches:   Harvey's Beach on Route 154, and the Saybrook Town Beach, a third of a mile down the road.  

Visit Harvey's Beach on Route 154 during the summer and you will be rewarded with 100 yards of beach, a playground, concession stand,  and watchful lifeguards.  
 Saybrook Town Beach has nice,  fine,  white sand, and the swimming is great  at high tide. At  low tide you can walk for about a mile on the sand bars right into the sunset.  Both Harvey’s Beach and the Town Beach provide great sunset vistas.

At the opposite end of Old Saybrook, where the Connecticut River and Long Island Sound meet, you'll find  the picturesque Lynde Point and Saybrook Point lighthouses.  

These lighthouses are located on a scenic peninsula known as the Borough of Fenwick,  where Katherine Hepburn has lived for many years.  Besides having many  magnificent homes, Fenwick also has  a beautiful,   nine-hole,  public golf course that offers many  spectacular views of the Connecticut  RIver and Long Island Sound.

Old Saybrook's   greatest appeal lies in its   scenic views, historic homes, its gas-lit Main Street with quaint shops,  interesting restaurants and  cafes. These,  together with its  invigorating climate and brisk salt  air,   make  this coastal town an ideal spot for a weekend getaway.


Things to Do:

Antiques (over 400 antique dealers in a 2 mile strip!)  
Restaurants (over 20 within a mile radius)
Art galleries
Live entertainment  
Hoyts 6-theater  movie complex
Golf: Fenwick Golf Course;   waterfront mini golf at Saybrook Point.
Canoeing / kayaking
Boat launch facilities
Fishing, nature and scenic excursions  
Boat  trips
Shopping at nearby   Westbrook Mall and Clinton Factory Outlet Mall  
General William Hart House Museum
Fort Saybrook Monument  Park
The James Gallery & Soda Fountain

Take the historic walking tour (brochures and guides are available at the Chamber of Commerce on Main Street) or  a scenic stroll along the water front and  past the historic homes,  taking in the beautiful  views of North Cove, South Cove, Fenwick and Saybrook Point.  

Watch the sun set over the ocean, or walk out to one of Old Saybrook's lighthouses.  

Old Saybrook also has a well known scenic,  coastal bike loop. Bikes may be rented at Saybrook Cycles on Main Street.

Old Saybrook is Connecticut's  second oldest settlement, and home to Fort Saybrook, the State's first military fortification, which was built in 1636 by the British colonists to provide protection from the Pequot Indians. Fort Saybrook is now an 18-acre historical park created by the Fort Saybrook Monument Park Association. Today as you stroll  through the park, you will be able to read the informative story boards depicting the history of the Saybrook colony.    

The Connecticut River, referred to as the backbone of New England, is the spine of Old Saybrook. The town's history is built around this river, and it continues to remain of central importance to the town. Would-be seafarers, visit Chimney Point Boat Rentals, hire a craft and then   head to North Cove Outfitters if you want to rent fishing equipment. If you would prefer to  let someone else be the captain,   take a Saybrook Point Cruise aboard Deep River Navigation's, "Aunt Polly."

To cool off after the beach, be sure to visit The James Gallery & Soda Fountain at the corner of Main Street and Pennywise Lane,  where you can enjoy some old fashioned soda fountain favorites and ice cream treats. This soda fountain has been in operation since 1896, and still retains the original soda fountain, beautiful woodwork, heart-back chairs, stools and marble counter. It also houses an art gallery featuring fine marine art, and Connecticut  and shoreline scenes.  Visit their web site at:     

Overall, Old Saybrook is everything one might expect in  the quintessential New England sea-side  village.   


Take a step back in time and enjoy the splendor of yesteryear at the Deacon Timothy Pratt Bed & Breakfast. This magnificent 18th Century center-chimney colonial home boasts many fine original details, and is located on the gas-lit Main Street  in the historic and shopping districts, within walking distance of just about everywhere.  Elegant rooms feature private baths, four-poster & canopy beds, fireplaces and/or jacuzzi tubs. Enjoy the picturesque grounds and extensive gardens.

A formal candle-lit breakfast is served on fine china in the elegant dining room,   which features a fireplace and corner cupboard. Travel tips, maps, beach passes (needed only in July and August), and lots of advice provided. Visit their web site:

Antiques (over 400 antique dealers in a 2 mile strip!)
Art Galleries
Golf: Fenwick Golf Course (9 holes on the water); and waterfront minigolf at Saybrook Point.
Low tide walk for about a mile on the sand bars right into the sunset!
Saybrook Town Beach has great swimming at high tide
Scenic views
Visit the 2 beautiful coves emptying into the CT River, and the CT River emptying into Long Island Sound is marked by 2 scenic lighthouses, the Inner Light (also known as Lynde Point Lighthouse) and the Outer Light.