New London (Connecticut)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.
Interstate 95 and U.S. Highway 1 serve New London.
Greyhound and Peter Pan/Arrow Bus Lines have daily scheduled services to New London from nearby and out-of-state locations.
New London is along the Northeast Corridor, the busiest railway in the US, with dozens of departures every day. Amtrak serves the city via its Northeast Regional trains between Washington, D.C. and Boston, via New York City and several other East Coast cities. A limited number of Acela Express trains, the faster express trains between the same cities also stops here. Additionally, the regional Shore Line East run by CTRides from New Haven via smaller cities along the coast terminates here. is located at 27 Water St, with easy connections to buses and ferries.
- From Central Long Island
Port Jefferson Ferry, Phone: +1 631 473-5138, .
- From Orient Point, Long Island, New York
Cross Sound Ferry, Phone: +1 631 323-2525 or +1 860 443-5281, .
- T.F. Green Airport (PVD), (Exit 13 off Interstate 95), Warwick (Rhode Island), . About 1 hour away by car.
- Bradley International Airport BDL, Windsor Locks. About 1.5 hours away by car.
Regional Airport - No scheduled service - Only receive charter and private airplanes
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.
phone: +1 860 439-5020address: 270 Mohegan AveDaily 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.
phone: +1 860 443-2545address: 625 Williams StThe 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.
phone: +1 860 447-2501address: 150 Bank StreetApril 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 Housesaddress: 11 Hempstead StOpen from mid-May through mid-October from 12PM-4PM. Colonial houses dating back as far as 1678.
Monte Cristo Cottagephone: +1 860 443-0051address: 325 Pequot AveGeneral Admission: $7 / Members, Students, and Seniors: $5. About: Playwright Eugene O'Neill's home and setting for two of his plays.
phone: +1 860 444-7373address: 329 State StTicket Prices: Vary with act. About: A restored Vaudeville/movie theatre with multiple arts programs.
phone: +1 860 444-8444address: 31 Mohegan AveTours, the academy museum, and watching the weekly Cadet Drill are points of interest.
The Coast Guard training tallshipphone: +1 860 444-8444She is the training ship for the future Coast Guard officers and is usually in port for part of the year and tours are available.
address: 1225 Ocean AveSAND (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.
Custom House Museum Shopaddress: 150 Bank StreetNautical gifts; new & vintage maritime books; whale bottle openers, cards, & coffee mugs.
Monte Cristo Bookshopaddress: 13 Washington StNew, Used, independent bookstore.
New London Antiques Center and Seaport Importsaddress: 123 Bank StNew London's largest antique cooperative.
Thames River Greeneryaddress: 70 State StreetTwo floors of greenery and gourmet products plus a coffee bar.
Brie and Bleuaddress: 84 Bank StSpecialty cheeses and wine tastings.
Caruso Musicaddress: 94 State StPianos, guitars, music lessons, audio equipment, banjos and DJ gear.
Spirit Gallery Tattooaddress: 207 Bank StFine art gallery and custom tattoo studio with rotating art shows, one-of-a-kind-jewelry, and excellent customer service.
address: 92 Huntington StItalian and Continental.
phone: +1 860 439-1741address: 80 Hamilton StSeafood.
phone: +1 860 437-0898address: 825 Montauk AveAmerican Breakfast.
phone: +1 860 443-2619address: 445 Ocean AveItalian and Pizza.
address: 369 North Frontage RdAmerican Cuisine.
phone: +1 860 447-9205address: 269 North Frontage RdAmerican Cuisine.
- 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.
phone: +1 860 443-1095address: 95 Pequot AveA great night spot with pool tables, live music, full bar. All for a $5 cover fee.
phone: +1 860-442-3387address: 463 Bank StFresh coffee roasted right in front of you, and a very environmentally friendly business!
phone: +1 860 444-2232address: 42 Bank Street
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.
address: 707 Colman StI-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 Suitesaddress: 380 Bayonet StAmenities: Free continental breakfast, pets allowed, free coffee, and high speed internet access.
address: 269 North Frontage RdAmenities: Health and fitness center, WIFI, and kids eat free.
phone: +1 860-443-7000address: 35 Governor Winthrop Blvd
- 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.