If you're heading to Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut, why not stay for a day or more and explore some of the other attractions along the Connecticut and Rhode Island shoreline? Here are some top picks for things to do near Foxwoods including many kid-friendly options for families:
Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center
Explore the rich history of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation at this fascinating, interactive museum. It's one of the best Native American museums in the country, and it's just minutes from the tribe's Foxwoods Casino Resort.
Step back in time to the era of ships and whaling in Connecticut. This recreated village features interpreters in character and interactive demonstrations, plus steamboat excursions, planetarium shows, exhibitions of maritime treasures and more.
Mohegan Sun Casino
Go casino hopping! Connecticut's "other" casino, Mohegan Sun, is just a 15-20-minute drive from Foxwoods. In addition to doubling down on gaming, dining, and shopping, you can catch WNBA basketball action and other concert and sporting events.
Savor a slice of heaven at the pizzeria made famous by the Julia Roberts movie. It's still a destination for Connecticut visitors more than 30 years after the film debuted.
B.F. Clyde's Cider Mill
Tucked away on a winding country road in Old Mystic, Connecticut, is the only remaining steam-powered cider mill in the United States: B.F. Clyde's Cider Mill. Clyde's is the oldest continuous maker of hard cider, too! Visit in the autumn, and be prepared to wait in line for tasty treats like cider doughnuts.
Lake of Isles Golf Course
This 36-hole golf course owned by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation was designed by Rees Jones and is consistently recognized as the best golf course in Connecticut. It is located near the casino in North Stonington, and packages that include a stay at Foxwoods are available.
The Connecticut Wine Trail
Follow the Connecticut Wine Trail for a sampling of some of the region's most delectable wines and an added bonus: glimpses of some of the most beautiful countryside in the Northeast. Several wineries are within an easy driving distance of Foxwoods including Stonington Vineyards, which is just a 12-minute drive away.
Atlantic Beach Park at Misquamicut
This Atlantic Ocean beach with a kiddie amusement park, carousel, arcade, miniature golf and more is located about 25 minutes from Foxwoods. The beach and amusements are open from Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day.
Children's Museum of Southeastern Connecticut
Located in Niantic, Connecticut, this children's museum has hands-on, educational activities and exhibits for kids from 9 months to 9 years old.
Essex Steam Train & Riverboat
See the scenic Connecticut River Valley the old-fashioned way aboard a vintage train and the Becky Thatcher riverboat. A variety of themed excursions are offered year-round including family-favorite North Pole Express and Santa Special trains, and dinner train trips are a tasty and relaxing way to sightsee.
Florence Griswold Museum
Florence Griswold was the benefactor behind America's best-known impressionist art colony in Old Lyme, Connecticut. Today, the museum in Old Lyme houses a permanent collection of American art and also features changing exhibits. The museum is open year round and also offers a busy calendar of hands-on experiences for children and adults.
Submarine Force Museum and Historic Submarine USS Nautilus
The Submarine Force Museum and the USS Nautilus, the first nuclear-powered submarine, are open to the public year-round in Groton, Connecticut. Best of all, admission is free.
Leffingwell House Historic Museum
Visit the former home of Revolutionary Patriot, merchant, industrialist, and entrepreneur Christopher Leffingwell in Norwich, Connecticut.
Water Wizz Waterpark
Located at Misquamicut Beach in Westerly, Rhode Island, about 25 minutes from Foxwoods, this water action park is a great place to cool off. You'll find everything from water thrill rides to a gentle "river" for leisurely tubing.