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Destination guide

Old Lyme provides families with history and fun

Old Lyme vacation rentals stand at the crossroads of history, recreation, and culture. Settled in 1636, the area was home to famous Revolutionary War leaders, and later on to sea captains and ship builders. The town has been an artist colony since the turn of the 20th century, making it a great place for Impressionist art exhibits and buying one-of-a-kind keepsakes on historic Old Lyme Streets. Old Lyme boasts many sites on the National Register of Historic Places and was a stop on the Underground Railroad. A wide array of inviting outdoor activities makes Old Lyme a wonderful destination for families.

Things to do

Explore history and art in Old Lyme

When staying at Old Lyme vacation rentals, be sure to check out the many historical stops in the area. The Connecticut Freedom Trail crosses the state with over 120 buildings, grave sites, and landmarks associated with the Underground Railroad. The Steven Peck House was once a safe haven for fugitive slaves. Stroll through history on Lyme Street, the 1½-mile stretch along the Old Boston Post Road, where pre-Revolutionary architecture is mixed with boutiques and eateries. The Florence Griswold Museum, birthplace of the Old Lyme Art Colony, boasts a collection by America’s early Impressionists and is just one of many cultural attractions in Old Lyme.

Activities

Get moving in Old Lyme

Families can enjoy many outdoor activities in Old Lyme by visiting the Long Island Sound, the Connecticut River, recreational areas, and state parks. Hikers of all abilities have a choice of trails and nature walks, from the wide, flat-surfaced loop through Elizabeth Karter Watch Rock Nature Preserve to the rugged Lohmann-Buck-Twining Preserve, which culminates in a spectacular view of Long Island Sound. There’s kid-approved fishing at Rogers Lake and Uncas Pond, crabbing off the pier at Ferry Landing State Park, and birdwatching on Goose Island. Rocky sand and good swimming make Sound View Beach a popular destination.

Weather

Plunge into the seasons in Old Lyme

The Old Lyme climate is technically between the New England and Middle Atlantic zones. In terms of weather, though, it skews closer to the latter. April is warm and pleasant, and then things start to heat up. If swimming and water activities are your thing, your best bet for Old Lyme vacation rentals is summer, when water temperatures hover around the low 70s—perfect for ‘keeping your cool.’ Late October, which is brisk and cool, is prime for watching the leaves change colors.

Natural features

Natural beauty in Old Lyme

Set between the Connecticut River and a 14-mile stretch of the Long Island Sound, the natural environment of Old Lyme is a collection of wetlands: shoreline, tidal marshes, streams, estuaries, and tiny islands, much of them undeveloped and protected. Rocky Neck State Park draws families to its white sand beach, clear water, diverse nature trails, campsites, and forest area. Popular activities include swimming, picnicking, crabbing, and saltwater fishing for striped bass and flounder. Visitors can spy osprey, cranes, herons, and mute swans, depending on the season.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Old Lyme

The nearest airport is in New London, CT (GON-Groton - New London), located 14.7 mi (23.6 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you might consider flying into Fishers Island, NY (FID-Elizabeth Field), which is 17.1 mi (27.6 km) away.

How many vacation rentals are available around Old Lyme?

Our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 366 vacation rentals around Old Lyme. From 225 house rentals to 104 cottage rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Old Lyme?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Old Lyme:

  • Clearwater Beach: 96 vacation rentals
  • Westbrook Center: 67 vacation rentals
  • Niantic: 159 vacation rentals
  • Silver Beach: 45 vacation rentals
  • Saybrook Manor: 38 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular point of interests near where I can stay when traveling to Old Lyme?

Vrbo offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Old Lyme. From Vrbo travelers, the top most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Goose Island: 705 vacation rentals
  • Florence Griswold Museum: 794 vacation rentals
  • Lyme Academy of Fine Arts: 834 vacation rentals
  • Cockaponset State Forest: 593 vacation rentals
  • Devil’s Hopyard State Park: 593 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Old Lyme listed on Vrbo where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Old Lyme?

Yes, of course. Vrbo has 225 Houses in Old Lyme. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Old Lyme include:

  • Cottages: 104 rentals available
  • Cabins: 104 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 21 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Old Lyme?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 32 vacation rentals with pool available in Old Lyme. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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