Mohegan Sun Casino is one of the top attractions in New London County’s village of Uncaville. But it’s not the only must-visit location in the area.
Today’s post will cover seven locations, and it’s a little different from other attractions-based posts since we only talk about one real nature-based location. The others, as you will find, are located within the same general area.
Are you ready to transform your vacation to Mohegan Sun Casino into an unforgettable outing? Keep reading.
1 – SuperCharged Indoor Karting
Head over to 1 Sachatello Industrial Drive in Montville and you will find arguably the world’s largest go-karting facility. If you love super thrills that even the casino floor cannot bring, then SuperCharged is for you.
Another cool thing with SuperCharged Indoor Karting is its proximity to other prominent area attractions. They’re located just 15 minutes from Mohegan Sun. And you will also find them near the Dinosaur Place, PAST Antiques, and the Genius Museum.
In fact, they’re so close to these other attractions that you could park your car and walk to them.
2 – Copper Creek Mini Golf at Nature’s Art Village
If you’re looking for another fun, family activity, check out mini golf at Copper Creek. Located at 1650 Hartford-New London Turnpike Nature’s Art Village and The Dinosaur Place in Montville, you’re getting a unique and adventurous mini-golf experience with its Old West Mining Town Theme.
Some of the attractions within the attraction, which of course make up the holes, include a saloon, mill, train station, and water tower. It often takes little time to complete a round of mini-golf, but they suggest carving out at least one if not two hours.
Reviewers on TripAdvisor have praised the place for its authentic theme, cleanliness, and continual upkeep.
Another interesting aspect regarding Copper Creek Mini Golf is that it serves a dual purpose. Yeah, playing golf is all fun and games. But they also test your geological knowledge. So, get ready to receive a challenging and educational experience when you play your round at Copper Creek.
This attraction is also located on the same property as the Dinosaur Place and just one-tenth of a mile from the Genius Museum and PAST Antiques. With that said, you’re doing yourself a favor when you visit the course if you’re looking for more attractions that are so close you can see them from Hole #1.
3 – The Dinosaur Place at Nature’s Art Village
If you’re playing mini-golf at Copper Creek, you’re already in the location. So, why not visit the Dinosaur Place at Nature’s Art Village after you play your round of mini-golf?
Expect to spend over three hours here, especially if you have kids with you. They will fall in love with those life-sized depictions of some of the most magnificent creatures to ever walk the earth. You’re getting over 50 life-sized sculptures over their 1.5 miles worth of trails here. But that’s just where the fun begins.
When you need a bite after all the fun activities, Monty’s Munchies is where you can indulge in your favorite comfort foods. Or you can head over to the Ice Cream Shop for a rich dessert.
They cater to guests of all ages and interest levels. So, whether you’re looking for something that your 8-year-old will enjoy or even a fun activity for yourself (like sightseeing on the dinosaur trails), head over to the Dinosaur Place at Nature’s Art Village and let the fun begin.
4 – The PAST Antiques Marketplace
You will also find The PAST Antiques Marketplace in the same location at 1650 Hartford New London Turnpike, Nature’s Art Village. You’re getting a vintage collection like none other here, so if you won at the real money slots or tables over at Mohegan Sun and you’d like to turn back the clock, PAST Antiques is for you.
Here, you will find vintage keys, vinyl record players and records, classic figurines, mugs, coffee cups, cookware, beads, bracelets, decor, full tea and dinette sets, and more. Sure, you can carry most of these items straight to your vehicle, but a few may require a U-haul or a crew of movers.
Oh, and you will experience a surge of nostalgia when you peek at those old LIFE Magazine covers that feature Joe Namath and other celebrities from back in the day. Plates are depicting authentic paintings of people like John F. Kennedy, tropical scenes, classic insignias—you name it, it’s here.
There are plenty of contemporary shopping outlets to spend your winnings at Mohegan Sun. But again, if you’re looking to venture into something classic, PAST Antiques guarantees a blast from the past. If you’re the nostalgic type, it’s worth a visit.
5 – Genius Museum
If you’re looking to hang out at Nature’s Art Village during your time away from Mohegan Sun, the Genius Museum should be hot on your to-do list.
What makes this location so cool? As with PAST Antiques, you’re getting an authentic blast from the past here. If you ever wondered out loud how they made newspapers in the 19th century, you will discover the process here. Ditto if you were ever curious about how steam engines worked.
Expect to spend at least an hour here. But if you get chills just by reading this overview regarding the evolution of technology, then odds are, you will spend up to two hours in this location.
6 – The Olde Ransom Farm
Head over to 509 New London Road at the Olde Ransom Farm in Salem, Connecticut, and you will stumble into this age-old attraction.
The farm features 12 acres of what was once a 350-acre Colonial Farm. Elijah Ransom started shortly after the Revolutionary War in 1783 as payment for serving as a Lieutenant in the war. To this day, they still raise Haflinger Horses and Romney Sheep on the farm.
But that’s just the tip of the iceberg, excuse the cliche.
One of their primary attractions involves the Carriage Museum, featuring a collection of old carriages and sleighs restored to museum quality. For parades, local events, and tours, the Haflinger Horses pull these exact carriages that are also available for rent upon request.
The property also features the Elijah Ransom House, which they have also restored to its former grandeur. During its time in operation, the home once served as a change station and rest stop for horses and their drivers. Think of the house as a predecessor to the modern-day rest or truck stop along the interstate.
7 – Nehantic State Forest
We often touch on nature earlier in these posts. But with so many other outlets like the Nature Village, our forested sections took a backseat. But if you’re interested in the outdoors and recreation, Nehantic State Forest is worth the visit.
You will find it at Route 156 in East Lyme, Connecticut.
The first forest in New London County, the land is full of wooded trails dotted by area farmlands. Trout Streams comprise the main draw to Nehantic State Forest. So, if you’re into fishing for trout, it’s a good place to venture when you need a break from Mohegan Sun.
You will also find quaint accommodations nearby if you’re into the old-style, bed and breakfast theme. Tidewater Inn Bed and Breakfast and Captain Stannard comprise the two locations, but there are also several nearby campgrounds if you crave sleeping under the stars.
And if you’re looking for more outdoor and recreational opportunities, you will also find an additional 10 state parks in the area.
Mohegan Sun Casino is so vast that you don’t need to venture off the resort to have a good time in the area. But if you’re looking for things to do outside the venue, these seven ideas will help you forge an unforgettable vacation.
You will find more attractions near Mohegan Sun when you visit, but today’s list will help you get started.
Have you visited any of the above attractions or any other casinos in Connecticut? If so, tell us where you went and let us know about your experience in the comments. We are looking forward to reading your stories.