New London, CT

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New London showing a city and a bay or harbor

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.

Red Roof Inn Mystic - New London
Red Roof Inn Mystic - New London
2 out of 5
707 Colman Street, New London, CT
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥6,065 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 27
Situated near the airport, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Lyman Allyn Art Museum and United States Coast Guard Academy. Old Town Mill and Connecticut College ...
3/5 (984 reviews)
"July 9, 2,021 Some noise when I first arrived, during the day. The card key I was given, failed to unlock door. So The Card had to be re-programmed. Then it worked fair. No wireless connection, or access. Reported this to the main desk the following morning. I was informed. They were aware of it, ..."

Reviewed on Jul 9, 2021

Red Roof Inn Mystic - New London
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 ¥11,360 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 3
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 ...
4.1/5Very Good! (954 reviews)
"Great hotel excellent restaurant Luna"

Reviewed on Sep 18, 2021

Holiday Inn New London - Mystic Area, an IHG Hotel
Springhill Suites by Marriott Mystic Waterford
Springhill Suites by Marriott Mystic Waterford
3 out of 5
401 N Frontage Rd, New London, CT
The price is ¥14,712 per night from Oct 5 to Oct 5
Situated in New London, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Lyman Allyn Art Museum, United States Coast Guard Academy, and Connecticut College. Old Town Mill ...
4.3/5Excellent! (630 reviews)
"The staff was was very accommodating. John the General Manager was especially helpful. The gym was ok. A bit musty. I think they mustve had some flooding. The breakfast was great. Everything was individually wrapped which I appreciated."

Reviewed on Sep 7, 2021

Springhill Suites by Marriott Mystic Waterford
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.
NEW! New London Hideaway by Beaches & Local Spots!
NEW! New London Hideaway by Beaches & Local Spots!
New London, CT
Situated by the sea, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Affiliate at Lawrence and Memorial Hospital, VA Clinic New London, and Lawrence + Memorial ...
5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)
A super clean home away from home
"Jim and Nancy make you feel extremely welcome. Very clean no need to bring anything but your family, everything is provided towels, shampoo and etc even where to eat and visit. Beach theme home with vacation in mind relax and enjoy. Host gave the best service which should be model all other ..."

Reviewed on Sep 11, 2021

NEW! New London Hideaway by Beaches & Local Spots!
Private Beach Getaway
Private Beach Getaway
New London, CT
This family-friendly New London vacation home is located by the ocean, within 1 mi (2 km) of New London Harbor Light and Ocean Beach Park. Waterford Beach Park ...
5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)
Beautiful place in a great location.
"Gwenn was an excellent hostess."

Reviewed on Aug 6, 2021

Private Beach Getaway
The Schwartz House - minutes from beaches and downtown New London
The Schwartz House - minutes from beaches and downtown New London
New London, CT
Located in the heart of New London, this vacation home is within a 15-minute walk of Lawrence + Memorial Hospital and Green Harbor Beach. Affiliate at Lawrence ...
The Schwartz House - minutes from beaches and downtown 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.

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