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New LondonUnited States of America

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.

Top Hotels in New London

Holiday Inn New London - Mystic Area
Holiday Inn New London - Mystic Area
3.5 out of 5
35 Governor Winthrop Blvd, New London, CT
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥7,161 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1

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! (996 reviews)
Holiday Inn stay

"Basic hotel. Easy check in. Room satisfactory."…"

Reviewed on Oct 24, 2020

Holiday Inn New London - Mystic Area
Springhill Suites by Marriott
Springhill Suites by Marriott
3 out of 5
401 N Frontage Rd, New London, CT
The price is ¥9,652 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2

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! (598 reviews)

"The manager could not have been more accommodating A++ for service"…"

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2020

Springhill Suites by Marriott
Americas Best Value Inn New London Mystic
Americas Best Value Inn New London Mystic
2 out of 5
380 Bayonet Street, New London, CT
The price is ¥5,806 per night from Jan 27 to Jan 28

Situated in a rural location, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Lyman Allyn Art Museum and United States Coast Guard Academy. Connecticut College and Old Town ...

3.3/5 (228 reviews)

"Night out Romance"…"

Reviewed on Jul 19, 2020

Americas Best Value Inn New London Mystic
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.

Vacation Rentals in New London

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 Oct 7, 2020

Quiet 2 Bedroom Apartment Close to Everything
Apartment Across Street Beach
Apartment Across Street Beach
New London, CT

Situated in New London, this vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of New London Harbor Light and Ocean Beach Park. Pequot Chapel and Mitchell College are also ...

Apartment Across Street Beach
Waterfront Studio! Monthly Rental
Waterfront Studio! Monthly Rental
New London, CT

Situated in New London, this apartment building is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Green Harbor Beach and 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Ocean Beach Park. Monte Cristo Cottage and ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (91 reviews)
It is a good and quiet area

"Very nice and clean."…"

Reviewed on Sep 4, 2020

Waterfront Studio! Monthly Rental
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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Reviews of New London

3.8

Guest rating

5 - Excellent
33
5 - Excellent 20.754716981132077%
4 - Good
84
4 - Good 52.83018867924528%
3 - Okay
28
3 - Okay 17.61006289308176%
2 - Disappointing
13
2 - Disappointing 8.176100628930818%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.6289308176100629%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 29, 2020

We just moved here and we are on the ocean beach side of town. We love it so far

4/5 - Good

Gordon

Apr 27, 2020

Enjoyable to walk and bike along the shore

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveler

Mar 2, 2020

Never coming back

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 1, 2020

2 nice restaurants walking distance from the property. Beautiful new England style homes and a huge wharf area .

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Dec 8, 2019

We went to visit family, but it was a fun area to visit.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Nov 25, 2019

Mohegun Sun Arena was very nice

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