Discover a selection of 22 vacation rentals in Old Lyme, CT that are perfect for your trip. Whether you’re traveling with friends, family, or even pets, Vrbo vacation homes have the best amenities for hanging out with the people that matter most, including swimming pools and air conditioning. Prices start at $180 per night, and houses and cottages are popular options for a stay in Old Lyme. Either way, you'll find a rental for everyone's needs.
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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.


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.


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

Traveling to and around Old Lyme

The nearest airport is in Bradley Intl. Airport (BDL), located 46.3 mi (74.5 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you can also fly into New London, CT (GON-Groton - New London), which is 14.7 mi (23.7 km) away.

What are the top vacation rentals in or near Old Lyme?

The heart wants what the heart wants, and right now it wants to take a vacation. It's time to pack your suitcase and head to one of these top vacation rentals in or near Old Lyme:

  • "Private Beach, Wide Open Ocean Views And Fireplace" is a favorite with guests. Around 12 miles from Old Lyme, it has 1 bedroom and loads of amenities to help you feel at home, including a kitchen and nearby birdwatching activities.
  • "Beautifully Furnished 5 Star Home In Historic Downtown Mystic" also promises a memorable escape, offering 4 bedrooms, WiFi, a stereo and more. It's around 19 miles from Old Lyme.

For even more great options, use the search bar at the top of the page to find the perfect Old Lyme vacation rental for you.

What are the top-rated vacation rentals for weekend getaways in or near Old Lyme?

Escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life at one of our weekend getaways in or near Old Lyme. Whether you want to catch up with friends or spend valued time with the fam, there'll be something to suit your style. These top-rated options are hard to beat:

  • Whisk yourself away to "Downtown Mystic Waterview, Central Ac". Located roughly 19 miles to the east of Old Lyme, this cozy retreat has all you need for a relaxing stay, including a nearby marina and a free nearby fitness center.
  • Otherwise, live it up with your loved ones at "Charming Mystic Home In Historic District", which is around 18 miles to the east of Old Lyme. You'll have use of air conditioning, winery tours and more here.

Can I find studio apartments for rent in and around Old Lyme?

Studio apartments may be small in size, but they sure pack a punch when it comes to location and convenience. Unpack your bags at one of these sought-after studio apartments in or near Old Lyme:

  • After a fun-filled day of outdoor exploration, kick back and relax at "Private Beach, Wide Open Ocean Views And Fireplace". A washing machine and beach towels are among the useful amenities you'll find here.
  • Or, use "Downtown Mystic Waterview, Central Ac" as a base to explore the best attractions around you. This comfy stay comes with a microwave oven, an oven and more.

Can I find short term rentals in or near Old Lyme?

From simple studio apartments to large vacation homes, Vrbo has your vacation sorted. Here are two of our popular picks in and around Old Lyme:

  • For a wonderful night or two away, it's tough to beat "Renovated 1 Bedroom Getaway 1 Block From Mystic River In Historic Downtown". It's near the center of Old Lyme, in addition to plenty of things to see and do.
  • Alternatively, spend a couple of nights at "Rest, Relax, Retreat - A 3bedroom Mystic Getaway". This comfy, conveniently located property will feel like your home away from home.

What are the best romantic weekend getaways in or near Old Lyme?

Whether spent in a cabin, a cottage or a treehouse, a romantic weekend getaway is a fantastic way to add some zing to your relationship. Whisk your honey off for a couple of leisurely days at one of these escapes in or near Old Lyme:

  • Around 12 miles from Old Lyme, "Private Beach, Wide Open Ocean Views And Fireplace" is the perfect place for adoring couples. A nearby bay and beauty services are just some of the amenities here.
  • "Beautifully Furnished 5 Star Home In Historic Downtown Mystic" is another popular option that'll impress. It's about 19 miles from Old Lyme and has winery tours and a sauna.

Are there mansions for rent in or near Old Lyme?

If you're in search of somewhere to reconnect with your nearest and dearest this vacation, why not make it memorable? These mansions for rent in or near Old Lyme will fit your whole crew while doing it in serious style:

  • Approximately 20 miles to the east of Old Lyme is "Iconic Mystic Mansion". Along with its magnificent design, you'll be impressed by its first-class amenities, such as massage services and beauty services.
  • Another popular option is "Unique Historic Mansion Near Tourist Attractions And Casinos". Approximately 17 miles to the northeast of Old Lyme, this fancy vacation rental gives you a taste of high-class living and offers a firepit, golf and more.

What are the best large group vacation rentals in or near Old Lyme?

Big groups mean massive fun. They also mean finding a place that'll effortlessly fit your whole gang. Browse our large group vacation rentals in or around Old Lyme and spend time with your favorite people under the one roof:

  • Providing space, privacy and comfort, you'll get everyone's seal of approval at "Charming Mystic Home In Historic District". Up to 12 people can stay at this retreat which has 5 bedrooms, a garden and a kitchen. You'll find it around 18 miles to the east of Old Lyme.
  • Nothing is more important than hanging out with the people you love, and "Elegant Historic Nine Bedroom Estate On 13 Acres Overlooking Long Island Sound" is the perfect place to do that. Located around 6 miles to the south of Old Lyme, as many as 17 people can stay in this vacation rental which has 9 bedrooms. A water view and a garden are among the many amenities at hand here.

What are the best houses for rent with a pool in or near Old Lyme?

A pool is often a must-have when choosing where to stay on vacation, especially if you're bringing the kids along. Check out these houses with a pool in or near Old Lyme and spend your days splish-splashing around:

  • Get your vacation on at "The Beach House - Old Lyme", where your top priority will be chilling by the pool. Amenities including towels and a fridge help make this escape a favorite with guests.
  • "Be Happy Beach House Is Just Steps Away From Hawk's Nest Beach" is the sort of place you go to get away from the everyday and make the most of your surroundings, starting with its pool. A DVD player and towels are also on hand to make your stay nice and comfortable.

Don't know how to pack your bags for your Old Lyme break? This popular destination has an oceanic climate. In summer, you can expect average temperatures of between 65 ºF and 75 ºF. Scroll through our range of Old Lyme vacation rentals by using the search bar at the top of the page. Simply adjust the filters to get more inspiration on where to stay.

What are the best large family vacation rentals in or near Old Lyme?

Whether your perfect escape is up in the hills or by the beach, you'll have a lot more fun if you share it with loved ones. Consider one of these large family vacation rentals in or near Old Lyme and bring the whole gang along:

  • Get your nearest and dearest under the same roof at "Beautifully Furnished 5 Star Home In Historic Downtown Mystic", which has 4 bedrooms sleeping up to 8 guests. This retreat is located 19 miles to the east of Old Lyme and features amenities such as a kitchen and a separate dining area.
  • "Charming Mystic Home In Historic District" is another good option. It's around 18 miles to the east of Old Lyme, has 5 bedrooms and accommodates up to 12 guests. Useful amenities here include a nearby bay and coffee and tea making facilities.

If you'd like to do some sightseeing, there are lots of family-friendly attractions nearby to add to your itinerary. Mystic Aquarium and Institute for Exploration, Ocean Beach Park and Mystic River Bascule Bridge are excellent places to start.

Can I find family cabin rentals in or near Old Lyme?

Time spent with family is priceless, which is why we'll help you find a space where you can truly connect. Rent one of these family cabin rentals in or near Old Lyme and create wonderful new memories with the ones you love the most:

  • "Rustic Lakeside Cabin At White Gate Farm" - This popular getaway offers a garden and a living room and is located about 6 miles to the east of central Old Lyme.
  • "The Cabin On Pachaug Pond" - Another great choice, this property comes with a barbecue grill, childrens activities and more. You'll find it around 25 miles to the northeast of Old Lyme.

For more options, use the search bar at the top of the page and adjust the filters to find the Old Lyme vacation rental that's perfect for your needs.