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New London
Travel Guide

New London which includes heritage architecture

Walk in the footsteps of America’s founders in the historic downtown of this waterfront city. Outdoor and cultural activities make this a popular destination.

New London is a historic city along the U.S. Atlantic coastline. As one of the first English settlements in Connecticut, the destination was once one of the world’s busiest whaling ports. Its small-town charm and long history are balanced by cultural attractions that add a modern touch to this notable New England destination.

Reflect on the past in the downtown waterfront area, the crown jewel of New London. Enjoy its many shops and restaurants or stroll along the banks of the Thames River. Historic figures like Revolutionary War hero Nathan Hale and playwright Eugene O’Neill once lived here. The cathedral, which houses a stunning collection of Tiffany glass windows, is just a short walk from one of America’s oldest operating courthouses.

The waterfront is lined with historic streets of quaint architecture and captivating cultural activities. Explore galleries and shops. Select one of the district's many eateries. New London's Atlantic Ocean location makes it an ideal destination to enjoy fresh seafood dishes.

Find plenty to do outdoors in New London. Visit the Waterfront Park, a promenade and piers along the Thames River. Casual boaters can dock here. For a day at the beach, head a few minutes south of downtown to Ocean Park Beach. Meander along the boardwalk or swim in the Olympic-sized pool. Treat your family to miniature golf, the arcade, playground and fair rides, such as the carousel and water slide.

New London is also home to Connecticut College, a small liberal arts school with a charming campus. Stroll through the Connecticut College Arboretum, a sprawling site with botanical gardens and a native plant collection. The college also offers dramatic and dance performances throughout the year.

Drive 47 miles (76.5 kilometers) northeast to Hartford, Connecticut's capital. The Amtrak station provides easy access between the two cities.

New London provides New England charm throughout the year. Enjoy colorful fall foliage or spring flowers as you stroll down the historic streets.

Holiday Inn New London - Mystic Area, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn New London - Mystic Area, an IHG Hotel
3 out of 5
35 Governor Winthrop Blvd, New London, CT
The price is £74 per night from 25 Apr to 26 Apr
Located in the heart of New London, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Garde Arts Center, New London Ferry Dock and Richard Douglass House. Hygienic Art ...
4.2/5Very Good! (976 reviews)
"This was an ideal location for our trip to Mystic Aquarium & Seaport (13 min drive). The hotel property was clean and the staff were very friendly helpful. The only negative thing about our room was that the carpet had not been cleaned/vacuumed properly -there was an old lifesaver candy under one ..."

Reviewed on 19 Apr 2021

Holiday Inn New London - Mystic Area, an IHG Hotel
Springhill Suites by Marriott
Springhill Suites by Marriott
3 out of 5
401 N Frontage Rd, New London, CT
The price is £96 per night from 2 May to 3 May
Situated in New London, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Lyman Allyn Art Museum, United States Coast Guard Academy and Connecticut College. Old Town Mill ...
4.3/5Excellent! (608 reviews)
"It was right off the interstate."

Reviewed on 19 Apr 2021

Springhill Suites by Marriott
Red Roof Inn Mystic - New London
Red Roof Inn Mystic - New London
2 out of 5
707 Colman Street, New London, CT
The price is £43 per night from 25 Apr to 26 Apr
Situated near the airport, this motel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Lyman Allyn Art Museum and United States Coast Guard Academy. Old Town Mill and Connecticut ...
3.1/5 (988 reviews)
"No frills but very clean, and the front desk clerk was friendly."

Reviewed on 14 Feb 2021

Red Roof Inn Mystic - New London
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Quiet 2 Bedroom Apartment Close to Everything
Quiet 2 Bedroom Apartment Close to Everything
New London, CT
Situated by the ocean, this apartment building is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Lawrence + Memorial Hospital and 1.8 mi (3 km) from Ocean Beach Park. Green Harbor Beach ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (12 reviews)
Home away from home!
"This may hands down be the best rental/experience I have ever had! Without asking they thought of everything, and have everything you might need if you forgot it! This was like a little home away from home - especially in these times where you want to visit with friends and cannot go out much, you ..."

Reviewed on 7 Oct 2020

Quiet 2 Bedroom Apartment Close to Everything
Elegant AND Relaxing Beach Getaway, Steps From THE Water
Elegant AND Relaxing Beach Getaway, Steps From THE Water
8 Greenway Road, New London, CT
This family-friendly New London holiday home is located by the ocean, within a 15-minute walk of New London Harbor Light and Ocean Beach Park. Eugene O'Neill ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (12 reviews)
Lovingly Cared For Tudor Near The Beach
"This home is thoughtfully done and very comfortable. A close distance to Ocean Beach Park but yet you're also in a quaint neighborhood surrounded by nice neighbors."

Reviewed on 4 Sep 2020

Elegant AND Relaxing Beach Getaway, Steps From THE Water
Norwich Inn & Spa Minutes to Mohegan Sun & Foxwood Casino
Norwich Inn & Spa Minutes to Mohegan Sun & Foxwood Casino
2121 Old Pond Lane, Norwich, CT
Situated in a rural location, this historic condo is within 2 mi (3 km) of Norwich Golf Course, Mohegan Sun Casino, and Mohegan Sun Arena. Norwich Arts Center ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (65 reviews)
First experience was a success
"First time renting a place with air bnb and we were very happy. Nice quiet location across from a golf course. Clay was easy to contact with any questions we had 🙏"

Reviewed on 12 Apr 2021

Norwich Inn & Spa Minutes to Mohegan Sun & Foxwood Casino
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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