10 Things to Do in Preston That You Shouldn't Miss

January 27, 2018 Franklyn Hardiman

Preston is a town in New London County, Connecticut, United States. The population was 4,726 at the 2010 census. The town includes the villages of Long Society, Preston City, and Poquetanuck.
Restaurants in Preston

1. Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center

110 Pequot Trl, Mashantucket, CT 06338-3823 +1 800-411-9671
Excellent
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4.5 based on 365 reviews

Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center

The Pequot Museum, located in an ancient cedar forest minutes away from Foxwoods Resort Casino, is the largest Native American museum of its kind in the world.

Reviewed By ChanEvan - Memphis, Tennessee

Boston Friends took me to the incredible Pequot Indian Museum in Mashantucket, one hour away. One Friend was descended from the Native American Nation of the Nipmuc, indigenous to Central Massachusetts.

I have never experienced anything like the intricate detailed history & the lifestyles portrayed in the elaborate exhibits. I found parts of the Pequot’s journey to be difficult & sad, & the Pequot War & Massacre of 1636-38 to be most upsetting.

Immersed in this fascinating experience for 4 hours, I was not ready to leave @ Closing time. I have shared the many photos I took with others who enjoyed them.

The Museum is excellent for all ages. Please do not miss it.

2. The Submarine Force Museum

1 Crystal Lake Rd, Groton, CT 06349-2300 +1 800-343-0079
Excellent
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4.5 based on 749 reviews

The Submarine Force Museum

The home of the world's first nuclear submarine has several other exhibits on the history of submarines.

Reviewed By mclemons - Blacksburg, Virginia

I visited this museum during the summer of 2017. It was a great experience. First, you enter the museum area which has a lot of naval information, including history and information about our current US Navy. I am a Navy veteran myself, so this was very nostalgic.

As you make your way through the museum, you eventually come to the doorway that leads you the the USS Nautilus; a floating museum inside the first commissioned nuclear powered sub in the US Navy.

The walkways throughout the inside of the submarine are tight, which is to be expected. You travel along a predetermined route. There are also audio tours available for those interested.

In my opinion, this is a great experience for all ages. It's a must-see if you are visiting the area. The one word of caution I have is if you are concerned at all with tight spaces or tight stairwells, the submarine aspect may be one to skip. It does get a little tight in areas.

3. Mohegan Sun Arena

1 Mohegan Sun Blvd, Uncasville, CT 06382-1372 +1 888-226-7711
Excellent
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4.5 based on 673 reviews

Mohegan Sun Arena

Mohegan Sun Arena is now ranked consistently among the top venues in the world according to Billboard Magazine, Pollstar and Venues Today. It has won "Casino of The Year" at the Country Music Awards in 2008 & 2010 and in 2013, was voted "Arena Of The Year" at the G2E Global Gaming Conference in Las Vegas. Also in 2013, Mohegan Sun won "Casino of The Year" in 2 categories at the Academy of Country Music Awards. For more information on concerts and other great events visit Mohegan Sun.

Reviewed By TheGreekInCT - Southington, Connecticut

We had to check a bag of stuff we bought when we arrived. The only issue was that where we checked it and where we had to go find it was two different places. They really should have mentioned that when they required the bag check. It was free.

4. Stonington Vineyards

523 Taugwonk Rd, Stonington, CT 06378-1805 +1 860-535-1222
Excellent
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4 based on 143 reviews

Stonington Vineyards

Reviewed By Curious_Chemist - Connecticut

This is one of the more picnic friendly wineries we have encountered and have had one here in the past. The grounds are large and there is a good amount of tables for sharing a glass of wine and a large green for spreading out...MoreDear Guest, Many thanks for the wonderful review! We appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback with future visitors, and will hope to welcome you back again soon for a picnic! Thanks again! Best, Stonington Vineyards Management

5. Maugle Sierra Vineyards

825 Colonel Ledyard Hwy, Ledyard, CT 06339-1207 +1 860-464-2987
Excellent
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4 based on 108 reviews

Maugle Sierra Vineyards

Savor a taste of Coastal New England wine in the Heart of Casino Country. Maugle Sierra Vineyards specializes in St. Croix, Marquette and St. Pepin wines, wine grapes and handcrafted wines. Meet up with Friends, Fine Wines and Enjoy beautiful Sunsets overlooking the vineyards. Live music 6 - 9 PM Friday evenings and 3 - 6 PM Sunday afternoons... The vineyard is located in Ledyard - Just minutes from Mohegan Sun, Foxwoods' MGM Grand and Mystic Seaport & Village. We are open Friday - Sunday year-round. Be sure to try one of their wines like the "St. Croix", the "Que Sera, Syrah" or the mouthwatering "Rendezvous". Taste six had crafted wines for just $12!

Reviewed By peytonstorm - Richmond, Rhode Island

One year after my last review of Maugle Sierra. My wife and I tried another tasting with another couple. The wine was not very good! The St. Croix tasted like vinegar! I asked the woman doing our tasting if it was just a bad bottle. She agreed and said she would tell the wine maker. My question is why serve it?? The only wine we really liked was the Cab Franc. The tasting room is very nice and the grounds are nice, but the wine has a long way to go. Tasting fees and wine prices are too much!

6. Slater Memorial Museum

108 Crescent St, Norwich, CT 06360-3556 +1 860-887-2506
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4.5 based on 50 reviews

Slater Memorial Museum

Located on the campus of Norwich Free Academy, the Slater Museum awakens visitors to the richness and diversity of the human experience through art and history. For more than one hundred years, the Museum has displayed and interpreted the best examples of fine and decorative art, representing a broad range of world cultures of the Americas, Asia, Europe, and Africa.

Reviewed By Ron B - Fort Worth, Texas

I never appreciated the Slater Memorial Museum when I was in high school but to walk through it recently made me realize how special it is with copies of historical (ancient) sculptures allows many to see these pieces without traveling to Rome or Greece. What a gift to the community.

7. Dalice Elizabeth Winery

6 Amos Rd, Preston, CT 06365-8701 +1 860-930-9198
Excellent
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4.5 based on 114 reviews

Dalice Elizabeth Winery

When family and friends get together there is a magical sense of camaraderie of family. Il Cantina Sociale di La Familglia is Our Society of Wine Producers & you are now a member of the family. Throughout your days of wine-making with us you will learn from second, third & fourth generation Italian-Americans the joys and traditions of wine making. From crushing and pressing to racking and bottling, you will be involved in each step resulting in your own barrel of Vino della Casa labeled, of course, with your name. During your time with us, in addition to working with the grapes, we invite you to experience the Italian way, as we know it. We will share with you our new family, the great meals, the lore, the tradition and the story telling that has made for such camaraderie and resulted in so many special times. You'll probably even pick up a few of our favorite phrases and gestures along the way. We invite you to stroll the gardens, play a game of bocce or horseshoes, or lend a hand in the kitchen preparing for the evening's feast!

Reviewed By DFS60 - Norwich, Connecticut

This winery is probably the best around this area. It has a beautiful little pond where one can sit in Adirondack chairs just lounging away. You can bring in your own snacks. And well behaved DOGS are allowed!!!! Sometimes they have music playing. They also sponsor lobster bakes on Amos Lake with bonfires- beautiful and fun. The owners are a hoot- great sense of humor and very entertaining. Their wine is pretty good although a small bottle was a little pricey. This is a great place for a first date or night/afternoon out with friends.

8. Jonathan Edwards Winery

74 Chester Maine Rd, North Stonington, CT 06359-1303 +1 860-535-0202
Excellent
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4 based on 190 reviews

Jonathan Edwards Winery

Jonathan Edwards Winery is situated upon a picturesque 48-acre hilltop in North Stonington, CT. We handcraft premium Napa Valley and Connecticut Estate wines. Enjoy a tasting or a glass, tour the winery and vineyards, or bring a picnic lunch. Take home a bottle or become a member of one of our Wine Clubs. Open year round - 7 days a week from 11am - 5pm. Our daily complimentary tour is at noon.

Reviewed By alonsegs - Israel

The winery is a good place to sit and relax, as we mostly like red wine, we took the Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon wines, both very good and both barrel aged.

9. Holmberg Orchards & Winery

12 Orchard Ln, Gales Ferry, CT 06335-1025 +1 860-464-7107
Excellent
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4.5 based on 31 reviews

Holmberg Orchards & Winery

Reviewed By glitterqueen1975 - Tiverton, Rhode Island

This is a fun little vineyard that we have been visiting for several years now. Staff is very friendly and they offer sparkling hard ciders, several white wines and fruit wines that are crisp, clean and surprisingly sophisticated. Love all the fruit flavors.

The wine list consists of: Pinot Blanc, Bartlett Pear, Bubbly Blanc, Heirloom Apple, Thamesview White, Harmony Peach, Apple Cranberry, Macintosh Hard Cider and Cortland Hard Cider.

After the tasting be sure to stop at the market. Amazing produce and baked goods!!

10. Mystic Dark Room

325 Mistuxet Ave, Mystic, CT 06355-3013 +1 860-536-3671
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5 based on 62 reviews

Mystic Dark Room

Mystic Dark Room is an intimate show lounge offering unique entertainment experiences, accommodating its guests with all front row seating, allowing all who enter to feel like a VIP. Up a winding staircase, past the iron and brass gates, guests escape into a chic metro-loft atmosphere, ornamented with leather couches, private tables, larger than life concert style sets, lighting and special effects. This year’s line-up includes adult’s only fare with Grab weekend evenings in the fall. In December, Nutcracker Spectacular is the holiday hit that is returning from Foxwood’s Grand Theater to make Mystic its new home, with an extravaganza that’s family oriented and packed with edge of your seat excitement. February shifts gears back to an adult evening line-up with Flash perfect for sharing with a Valentine, and March marks the encore season of The Little Mermaid a Broadway style “dancical” that enchanted children and families last spring. Guests attending Grab or Flash are invited to BYOB, relax and unwind with wine, champagne, ale or brew - or their non-alcoholic beverage of choice. Following all shows, the soirée continues with intriguing interactions between guests and artists - we encourage you to take advantage of the dance floor and light show.

Reviewed By Liz D

I've attended serveral performances at the Mystic Dark Room and they are always an amazing experience. From an evening out with my husband to an afternoon with the family - they offer a variety of performances throughout the year. I especially love The Nutcracker where the dancers keep the beautiful tradition of the ballet but bring in unique touches to make the performance even more memorable. The intimate setting makes you feel like you're part of the show!

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