A Sony 12-screen movie theater is 10 minutes from Water's Edge . . .
A complete outdoor outlet center, with fashion, music, and toy stores, is in Westbrook.
Another outlet center in Clinton, approximately 14 minutes from Water's Edge, is an upscale place with Polo Ralph Lauren, deluxe chocolate, and many high-priced stores.
The Groton sub base, where you can actually tour an old submarine, is 30 minutes away.
There are two deluxe brand-new casinos, Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun. My choice is Mohegan for a laid-back, relaxed atmosphere, with free shows nightly. If you want a Las Vegas-style casino where it's very busy all the time, then Foxwoods is for you.
Mystic Aquarium and village are 35 to 40 minutes away and a delight for children of all ages. It's half indoor/half outdoor, so plan this during warm weather.
During summer, check schedules for teens and adults; there is always a concert on the green for all types of music.
In Old Saybrook, in summer, there's an all day rock festival; check for times.
Hartford is 50 minutes from Westbrook.
New Haven is 40 minutes away.
New York is 2 hours away.
Boston is 2 hours away.