10 Best Spots In Stonington, Connecticut To Photograph

Stonington is a beautiful and popular town located in the southeast corner of Connecticut in New London County. The town includes the borough of Stonington, the villages of Pawcatuck, Lords Point, and Wequetequock, and the eastern halves of the villages of Mystic and Old Mystic (the other halves being in the town of Groton). This blog post will cover 10 of the best spots in Stonington:

Stonington Point

Stonington Point is a beautiful parcel of land at the end of Water Street in historic Stonington Borough. The point offers stunning views and on clear days you can see Rhode Island and New York. Parking at Stonington Point is free and the parking lot holds about 40 cars. Head out to the point at sunrise or sunset to witness some beautiful colors!

Stonington Harbor Lighthouse

Stonington Harbor Lighthouse is a historic lighthouse located on east side of Stonington Harbor. The first lighthouse in Stonington was built in 1823 and the current Stonington Harbor Lighthouse was constructed in 1840. The lighthouse stands 36 feet high and features an octagonal pris tower shape which was common among mid-19th century stone lighthouses. In 1889, the lighthouse was decommissioned and the structure became The Old Lighthouse Museum.

Mystic Seaport Light (Brant Point Replica Lighthouse)

The light is a two-story white shingled structured topped with a glass-enclosed lantern and is a replica of the 1901 Brant Point Light on Nantucket. The lighthouse replica is used to educated Mystic Seaport visitors on lighthouses and their history.

Mystic Seaport Museum

The Mystic Seaport Museum is the largest maritime museum in the United States and was established in 1929. The museum attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year and is most famous for its collection of sailing ships and boats.

DuBois Beach

DuBois Beach is picturesque beach that boasts soft sand, jetties, shallow water depths, and a large gazebo. The beach is great in the summer but also in the off-season for catching sunrises/sunset and for taking walks.

Dodge Paddock & Beal Preserve

Dodge Paddock & Beal Preserve is truly a Stonington gem. The location offers the most beautiful walking trail on an open salt marsh meadow filed with wildflowers and beach roses. You don’t want to miss Dodge Paddock & Beal Preserve and the stunning views of Little Narragansett Bay.

Captain Nathaniel B Palmer House Museum

The Capt. Nathaniel B. Palmer House is a historic house museum in Stonington, Connecticut. The home was constructed in 1854 in a transitional style between the Greek revival and the Victorian Italianate. Nathaniel B Palmer was known for the time he spent at sea as a seal hunter, an Antarctic explorer, and a designer. The home was going to be torn down in 1994, but the Stonington Historical Society saved the home when they purchased it. Today, the home is operated as a public museum and is devoted to Palmer.

Pawcatuck River State Wildlife Management Area

The Pawcatuck River State Wildlife Management Area is a beautiful preserve located on the shore of the Pawcatuck River. The area is great for short walks and to enjoy river views.

Barn Island Wildlife Management Area

Barn Island Wildlife Management Area is a 1,013-acre wildlife conservation site offering bird-watching & hiking, plus deer hunting & fishing. One of the most popular trails is the 5.1 miles heavily trafficked loop trail called “Barn Island Wildlife Management Area Trail.” You can view the trail on AllTrails HERE.

Knox Preserve – Avalonia Land Conservancy

Knox Preserve is a beautiful and very low-key preserve located on the north side of Wilcox Road. The preserve consists of 1.1 miles of trails which run along Quiambog Cove with several spots to access the shore.

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