Running through downtown Mystic, the Mystic River is a perfect spot for outdoor activities. Along River Road or on a boat, the Mystic River is a great spot for birdwatching. Expect to see osprey, egrets, gulls, swans, and other water birds; don’t forget your binoculars! Mystic River is also perfect for kayaking. Bring your kayak along on your next trip to the area and park along River Road. When kayaking along the Mystic River keep your eyes open for the top tourist spots of Mystic: the Mystic Seaport, Mystic River Bascule Bridge, and downtown Mystic. This is a great way to see the town from a different vantage point and to beat the summer crowds (and heat).