Local Attractions in Old Lyme, Connecticut

Outer Light, Old Saybrook Jetty, click for larger image

The Old Lyme Dock Company is situated just a short distance from Old Lyme's Historic Town Center on Lyme Street (CT Route 1). Here you will find a charming thoroughfare, lined with vintage homes, galleries and boutiques. Also nearby is a modern-day commerce area with a grocery store, banks, Post Office, a Hair Salon and other shops.

The Arts

Old Lyme's commitment to the celebration and preservation of the Arts will be quickly apparent to first-time visitors. A short walk North on Lyme Street will bring you to the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts, a noted independant college of fine arts. Also nearby is the Florence Griswold Museum, the home of America's best-known Impressionist art colony.


Two of the area's most noted formal dining establishments are found on Lyme street as well; The award-winning Old Lyme Art Association, click for larger imageBee & Thistle Inn (voted CT's most romantic dining spot!)and the formal eleganceof the historic Old Lyme Inn. For top-notch informal dining there's The Hideaway, just around the corner from Lyme Street, near the A & P shopping center, as well as Cherystones, a few miles from the Dock on Route 156. The Old Lyme Dock can arrange transportation to and from any of these locations if you are a transient visitor.

Other Local Ports

Across the River is Old Saybrook, a busy commercial center on the shorline. Further up river, you can also visit historic Essex, CT, which features the CT River Museum , Essex Steam Train, and the oldest continually operating inn in America, the Griswold Inn. Hamburg Cove, further North is another popular boating destination, for it's secluded anchorage and natural beauty.

Lieutenant River, Old Lyme, click for larger image

Back to Nature

The Old Lyme Dock is located on the banks of one of the most beautifully preserved estuaries in the world, the lower Connecticut River. A short dinghy or kayak ride will take you to the wonderfully secluded back waters of the Lieutenant River, as well as the expansive estuaries behind Great Island and Poverty Island. These areas are teeming with eagles, osprey, hawks, herons and other rare aquatic fowl.