Mystic Village, Connecticut, was founded in 1654 and is a village with its own ZIP code, shared between the towns of Groton and Stonington. The two sides are divided by the Mystic River and connected by the Bascule Bridge, which is on a timer to open every hour at 40 minutes past the hour during daylight hours. Boats or other marine traffic may trigger the bridge to open at other times, as of 2015.
The town is home to the Mystic Seaport Museum, which houses the last New England whaling ship, the Charles W. Morgan. The ship first sailed in 1841 and was in service for more than 80 years. Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1966, the Morgan was restored decades later. After a three-month sail around New England in 2014, the ship is once again a museum exhibit.
The small town was a favorite of Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, who spent their honeymoon at the Inn at Mystic. The Haley Mansion, part of the inn, is a many-columned Colonial home that is on the National Registry of Historical Places in America. Other things activities include visiting the Mystic Aquarium, strolling through the Olde Mistick Village or getting some outdoor exercise at Fields of Fire Adventure Park.