What’s there to see in Old Saybrook?
Old Saybrook is one of the oldest towns in New England and features a charming downtown that runs along the waterfront where the Connecticut River meets Long Island Sound. The vibe here is peaceful and relaxing, the perfect place to unwind and gaze at beautiful scenery.
Waterside Attractions in Old Saybrook
Harvey’s Beach is a popular place for families to spend a day swimming and exploring the playground units. To glide on the sparkling water, rent a kayak from one of the sports shops, such as Action Sports, and sail out into the protected South Cove or North Cove. If you’d rather give the helm to someone else, board a fishing trip on The Islander.
Fabulous Food & Brews in Old Saybrook
Once you are on dry ground, stroll along Between the Bridges marina, and enjoy fresh seafood on a deck at the Back Porch restaurant or at the Penny Lane Pub, both of which have live music on the weekends. Other classic eateries that we love include Liv’s Oyster Bar and Restaurant and Fresh Salt. Old Saybrook is proud to feature its own unique brewery, 30 Mile Brewing Co. All of the craft beers are made from fresh local ingredients using a five-barrel brewing system.
Enjoy the Great Outdoors of Old Saybrook
Walk the scenic waterfront of highway 154, around North Cove Road, to view an impressive display of historic homes and massive trees that have lined these streets for hundreds of years. If treading the lush greens of a golf course appeal to you, head to the Fenwick Golf Club, which dates back to 1896 and is open to the public year-round. For casual family fun, we recommend Clark Community Park, which has plenty of space for sports, a playground, and great spots to set up a picnic. In the center of town, there is also the Town Green, a quaint park with a gazebo that’s often used for town events.
Old Saybrook Heritage
Your first stop on the route to exploring Old Saybrook history should be at the Chamber of Congress to pick up a map for a self-guided tour of the town. As you follow the map, visit the Old Saybrook Historical Society’s headquarters at Hart House, built in 1767. “The Kate” is a must-see in town! Known formally as the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Center, this attraction has a museum dedicated to Hepburn and the town. In addition to joining a guided tour of the structure, you can view musical acts and theater screenings of Hepburn’s glorious films.