New London (Connecticut)

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New London is a city on the south eastern coast of Connecticut. It is most well-known for its rich maritime history and for being the location of the United States Coast Guard Academy and Connecticut College.

Get in[edit]

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By car[edit]

Interstate 95 and U.S. Highway 1 serve New London.

By bus[edit]

Greyhound and Peter Pan/Arrow Bus Lines have daily scheduled services to New London from nearby and out-of-state locations.

By train[edit]

Amtrak New London Station (NLC), 27 Water St, +1-800-USA-RAIL, [1]. NLC offers Acela Express service (first class service with business class seating, conference tables, cafe car and a seat cart service) and Regional service to and from East Coast cities.

By ferry[edit]

  • From Central Long Island
Port Jefferson Ferry, Phone: +1 631 473-5138, [2].
  • From Orient Point, Long Island, New York
Cross Sound Ferry, Phone: +1 631 323-2525 or +1 860 443-5281, [3].

By plane[edit]

Regional Airport - No scheduled service - Only receive charter and private airplanes

Get around[edit]

Transportation[edit]

Due to New London's small size, traveling by car is the easiest way to get around. Taxis are a close second and very popular, but they can be costly.

  • Discover New London Shuttle, Eugene O’Neill Drive at Golden St, New London, CT 06320. Phone: +1 860 443-1209.
  • Port City Taxi, 33 Belden St, New London, CT 06320. Phone: +1 860 444-9222.
  • SEAT (Southeast Area Transit), 21 Rt. 12, Preston, CT 06365. Phone: +1 860 886-2631.

See[edit]

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  • Connecticut College Arboretum270 Mohegan Ave +1 860 439-5020, e-mail: . Daily sunrise to sunset. Free guided tours on Su at 2PM from May to October. Price: Free unless taking a private tour. About: The Arboretum Plant collections are broken down into four areas: the Native Plant Collection, the Caroline Black Garden, the Connecticut College Campus, and the Greenhouse. They contain incredible diversity of plant life, from the epiphytes and orchids of the tropical greenhouse to the pitcher plants and red maples of the wetlands.
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  • Lyman Allyn Art Museum625 Williams St +1 860 443-2545. Tu to Sa from 10AM-5PM and Su from 1PM-5PM. The permanent collections include over 10,000 paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, furniture and decorative arts, with an emphasis on American art from the 18th through 20th centuries. Adults: $8 / Seniors and Students: $7 / Children Under 12: FREE / New London Residents are free with ID.
  • Custom House Maritime Museum150 Bank Street +1 860 447-2501, e-mail: . April through December, we are open Tuesday through Sunday, from 1 to 5pm or by appointment. January through March, we are open Thursday through Sunday from 1 to 5 PM. The Custom House Maritime Museum is always FREE for current members, individuals with current military or USCG cadet ID and children under age 14 (with adult), admission is a $5 suggested donation for all others. Admission is by donation on Sunday. Telling the stories of New London's waterfront, the Custom House offers lighthouse tours and boat trips, an annual chowda'fest, artifacts relating to local lighthouses, US Customs and the Amistad, along with changing exhibitions and a Museum Shop.
  • Hempstead Houses11 Hempstead St +1 860 443-7949. Open from mid-May through mid-October from 12PM-4PM. Colonial houses dating back as far as 1678.
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  • Monte Cristo Cottage325 Pequot Ave +1 860 443-0051. Open May 24 to September 1, Th to Sa from 12PM-4PM and Su from 1PM-3PM. General Admission: $7 / Members, Students, and Seniors: $5. About: Playwright Eugene O'Neill's home and setting for two of his plays.
  • Garde Arts Center329 State St +1 860 444-7373. Ticket Prices: Vary with act. About: A restored Vaudeville/movie theatre with multiple arts programs.
  • The United States Coast Guard Academy31 Mohegan Ave +1 860 444-8444. Tours, the academy museum, and watching the weekly Cadet Drill are points of interest.
  • The Coast Guard training tallship (USCGC Eagle),  +1 860 444-8444. She is the training ship for the future Coast Guard officers and is usually in port for part of the year and tours are available.

Do[edit]

  • Ocean Beach Park1225 Ocean Ave, toll-free: +1 860 510, e-mail: . SAND (7263). Contains: Beach, boardwalk, pool, splash pool, waterslide, arcade, playground, rides, mini-golf, nature walk and observation deck. Nightly entertainment. Bring around $100/day for a family of four.
  • El N Gee Club86 Golden St (near Bank Street),  +1 860 439-1033. A small venue hosting mostly hardcore and punk rock shows. There is a small bar fenced off to prevent underage drinking. There is a decent sized stage and a dance floor. Bands that have come through include Skarhead, Death Threat, Stressbomb, Crowns of Kings and many more. This venue has endured the test of time, originally hosting punk shows in the 70's and 80's.
  • Custom House Museum Shop150 Bank Street +1 860 447-2501. Nautical gifts; new & vintage maritime books; whale bottle openers, cards, & coffee mugs.


  • Monte Cristo Bookshop13 Washington St +1 860 574-9056. New, Used, independent bookstore.
  • New London Antiques Center and Seaport Imports123 Bank St +1 860 444-7498. New London's largest antique cooperative.
  • Thames River Greenery70 State Street +1 860 443-6817. Two floors of greenery and gourmet products plus a coffee bar.
  • Brie and Bleu84 Bank St +1 860 437-1204. Specialty cheeses and wine tastings.
  • Caruso Music94 State St +1 860 442-9600. Pianos, guitars, music lessons, audio equipment, banjos, DJ gear, and much more.
  • Spirit Gallery Tattoo207 Bank St +1 860 443-0484. Fine art gallery and custom tattoo studio with rotating art shows, one-of-a-kind-jewelry, and excellent customer service.

Eat[edit]

Popular Restaurants[edit]

  • Tony D's92 Huntington St +1 860 437-8800. Food: Italian and Continental. Price Range: $20/person on average.
  • Singapore Grille and Sushi Bar938 Bank St +1 860 442-3344. Food: Thai, Sinapore, and Sushi. Price Range: $25/person on average.
  • The Bulkeley House Restaurant111 Bank St +1 860 444-7753. Food: Fine American. Price Range: $30/person on average.
  • Captain Scott's Lobster Dock80 Hamilton St +1 860 439-1741. Food: Seafood. Price Range: $30/person on average.
  • El Sombrero229 Jefferson Ave +1 860 447-1101. Food: Mexican. Price Range: $25/person on average.
  • The Broken Yolk825 Montauk Ave +1 860 437-0898. Food: American Breakfast. Price Range: $15/person on average.
  • Recovery Room445 Ocean Ave +1 860 443-2619. Food: Italian and Pizza. Price Range: $20/person on average.
  • Chili's Grill and Bar369 North Frontage Rd +1 860 444-0335. Food: American Cuisine. Price Range: $20/person on average.
  • Outback Steakhouse269 North Frontage Rd +1 860 447-9205. Food: American Cuisine. Price Range: $20/person on average.

Dessert[edit]

  • Friendly's Ice Cream Shop, 175 Broad St, Phone: +1 860 443-1150. Everyone knows about Friendly's ice cream.
  • Rita's Water Ice, 361 Coleman St, Phone: +1 860 444-1600. Craving frozen custard? There are a variety of flavors at Rita's!
  • Michael's Dairy Downtown, 60 Bank St, Phone: +1 860 729-4866. Enjoy some ice-cream or frozen yogurt in this ice-cream parlor-style restaurant.

Drink[edit]

  • Stash's Cafe95 Pequot Ave +1 860 443-1095. A great night spot with pool tables, live music, full bar.all for a $5 cover fee.
  • Bean and Leaf13 Washington St +1 860 701-0000. Fresh coffee roasted right in front of you, and a very environmentally friendly business!
  • Kelly's Coffee House256 South Frontage Rd +1 860 443-2320. Great place to sit and chat with low-priced coffee.
  • Kream Martini Bar and Lounge318 State St +1 860 701-0370. A fun martini list paired with DJ's and live music.

Sleep[edit]

Hotels in central New London can often be more expensive than those in Groton which lies just across the river. There is a group of hotels right across the river right at the other end of the Gold Star Bridge including the Groton Inn and Suites and the Super 8 Motel which will be closer to central New London than many of the cheaper hotels that are on the outskirts of the city proper. Central New London will be a 5-10 minute drive or a $10 cab ride from these Groton hotels.

  • Red Roof Inn707 Colman St +1 860 444-0001fax: +1 860 443-7154. I-95 Exit #82-A/83. From $50. Amenities: WIFI, pets allowed, cribs available, data ports, complimentary coffee, and kids under 17 stay free.
  • Relax Inn and Suites380 Bayonet St +1 860 443-3440. Amenities: Free continental breakfast, pets allowed, free coffee, and high speed internet access. From $60.
  • Holiday Inn269 North Frontage Rd +1 860 442-0631. Amenities: Health and fitness center, WIFI, and kids eat free. From $80.

Learn[edit]

  • Connecticut College, Private liberal arts college located on the Thames River.
  • Mitchell College, A liberal arts college that sits on the Thames River.
  • United States Coast Guard Academy, The military academy for the U.S. Coast Guard.

Go next[edit]

Mystic and the Rhode Island South County beaches are nearby. Foxwoods casino in Ledyard and Mohegan Sun casino in Uncasville are close.

Routes through New London
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New HavenWaterford  S I-95.svg N  GrotonProvidence
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