You can go across the Thames River to Groton-the Naval Submarine Base Museum allows you to tour the first nuclear sub-the Nautilus. Additionally, there are tours to the Indian Casinos-Foxwoods and/or Mohegan Sun. Mystic Seaport is a wonderful diversion.
Lisa- Have you been to Olde Mistick Village? I hear it's a $30 cab ride. Is it worth the trip...Or should we just walk to:Ye Ancientist Burial Ground, the Hempstead House,the Shaw Mansion, Nathan Hale's Schoolhouse and Antique shops on Bank Street?
Hi Shari. Olde Mistick Village is pretty much just a shopping area. I've been there a few times, mainly dragged there by family who wanted to shop and buy ice cream. Seriously, if you have limited time, I'd spend it at Mystic Seaport or the places you mentioned above.
Also, while they share the same highway exit, the Olde Mistick Village and Mystic Seaport aren't all that close -- you'd need another taxi ride.
You know, the great thing about the Coast Guard Academy is that you don't need a politician's appointment to attend. Midshipmen are selected by an exam and their personal merit. It is indeed a great place to visit.