Destination guide

The riverfront setting of Old Lyme is ready to explore

Enjoy the jazz and other features of Old Lyme. Renowned for its riverfront, beaches and lake, this city welcomes all visitors. Many rental homes come with outdoor spaces, separate dining areas and full kitchens, perfect if you want to enjoy some home-cooked meals.


Activities and attractions in Old Lyme

Are you searching for attractions to visit while you're in the area? Venture out of your cosy holiday rental and experience everything that makes Old Lyme a fun place to get away to. Here are some of the major attractions to explore, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Essex Steam Train (4.2 mi / 6.7 km)
  • Cedar Ridge Golf Course (5.8 mi / 9.3 km)
  • Childrens Museum of Southeastern Connecticut (7.2 mi / 11.6 km)
  • Dinosaur Place at Nature's Art (7.3 mi / 11.7 km)
  • Chamard Vineyards (12 mi / 19.3 km)
  • Machimoodus State Park (12.4 mi / 20 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural features in Old Lyme

Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, Old Lyme is a great place to get outside. These are some of the area's most eye-catching natural features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Rocky Neck State Park (6.2 mi / 10 km)
  • Gillette Castle State Park (6.7 mi / 10.8 km)
  • Harvey's Beach (7.1 mi / 11.4 km)
  • Plattwood Park (7.1 mi / 11.5 km)
  • McCook Point Beach (7.3 mi / 11.7 km)
  • Hole-in-the-Wall Beach (7.3 mi / 11.8 km)
How to get there

Transport 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 centre. 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 holiday rentals are available around Old Lyme?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 345 holiday lettings around Old Lyme. From 213 houses to 100 cottages, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

Can I rent a seaside property in Old Lyme?

Inhaling cool ocean air, basking in the abundant sunshine and losing track of time. Now that's the type of escape you deserve. There are 118 beachside holiday homes to pick from. Open to other ideas? HomeAway has oodles more rental options to have a look at, including:

  • 105 beachfront holiday accommodation options.
  • 101 beach-view holiday accommodation options.
  • 101 ocean-view holiday accommodation options.

Can I rent a house in Old Lyme?

Instead of booking a boring, cookie-cutter hotel room this holiday, you could go for an entire house. You'll feel like you're part of the neighbourhood before you know it! There are 222 houses currently on HomeAway. Prices start from £24 per night. Or maybe you'd prefer one of the area's other popular self-catering accommodation options, such as:

  • Cottage: 104 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £73 per night.
  • Apartment: 13 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £82 per night.
  • Hotel: 9 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £38 per night.

Can I stay in Old Lyme in a large group?

There's nothing like reconnecting with old work friends or spending a few weeks with your family in a terrific new location. And the best thing is HomeAway has options to suit you. House holiday rentals are the most popular option for large groups of visitors, with 50 listed here. If you're wanting to stay in a big group, the rental options that are suitable for you include:

  • If yours is a crew of 6, we offer 172 rental accommodation ideal for that size. Spend a night from just £77.
  • After a holiday property for 8 guests? We have 145 that will be perfect. You can book one for as little as £115 a night.
  • Trying to find rental properties to suit 10 people? You'll be delighted to discover we have 75 that'll be ideal. You can book one from just £146 per night.

So never fear! When you book with us you can bring your dad, your cousins and all your friends to Old Lyme.

Where are the cheapest holiday rentals in Old Lyme?

Bid farewell to dull cookie-cutter chain-hotel rooms! Delight in the flexibility of living like one of the locals in a cost-effective holiday rental instead. Get a load of the unique options that can be snapped up now on HomeAway. Old Mystic is a magnet for bargain hunters. And with 18 HomeAway holiday rentals at an average price of £141 a night, it isn't hard to see why. Old Saybrook Centre is another place worth considering. HomeAway has holiday rentals here, and the average price is around £208 a night.