One of the best ways to get out and explore the Mystic/Groton area is to hop on a bike! There are plenty of bike trails along major roads as well as in state parks, and I’ve found that the drivers here are largely used to bikers and treat us with caution. Of course, you want to make sure you’re wearing bright colors, stay alert and obey the rules of the road.
Through my own biking adventures, I’ve discovered whole areas of town that I’d previously never seen! Which of course is not too difficult when you’re new to a place… But it was so charming to encounter the quaint streets of Noank or the grand beachfront homes of Groton Long Point for the first time on a bike, and each new venture brought me closer to ultimately falling in love with this beautiful little area of coastal New England.