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Best things to do in New London

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

National Park
“Amazing beaches, mansion, gardens, open fields, marshland, habitats for all sorts of amazing animals like osprey, deer, piping plover, wild turkeys, owls and more. ”
13 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“Amazing spot for fresh made pasta along the Thames river in Groton. You may wait for a table at times, but I promise it will be well worth it. ”
15 locals recommend
Beach
“OBP has it all, beautiful beach, boardwalk, restaurants, watersides, arcades...great place for the family to go for a day.”
13 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Great seafood with a dock view! Informal outdoor seafood restaurant, byob, and sometimes has live entertainment. Don’t forget to get an ice cream after dinner!”
12 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“Wonderful, old renovated theater in the heart of New London. Check website for events.”
8 locals recommend
Cafe
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“Great local coffee shop, outdoor deck in summer, try the famous "love salad" ”
6 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“At the heart of the local blossoming art movement, this gallery is a great place to begin gallery hopping. Friendly and helpful staff will let you know what local shows are happening. The adjacent Art Park also hosts movie nights, music, theatre and more!”
6 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“The Launchpad of American Theater, a nonprofit dedicated to new works and voices for the stage. Programs include the National Playwrights Conference, National Puppetry Conference, and Cabaret & Performance Conference. ”
8 locals recommend
Museum
“Local art museum. great place to spend a few hours. Be sure to check out the sculptures around the property. they also have great kid programs.”
3 locals recommend
Wings Joint
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“Informal bar & grill offering 20+ chicken wing flavors, plus craft beers, billiards & live music. ”
5 locals recommend
Park
“A historical landmark you can walk around the battlefield, explore the mueseum, have a picnic, or climb to the top of the monument and enjoys the best views of the town. The cost is free. ”
4 locals recommend
Food
“they brew some great beers!!! You can go sample their brews and order takeout to be delivered from area restaurants to the brewery.”
2 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“COME AND SEE US AT THE ICONIC, FAMILY OWNED AND OPERATED SINCE 1962: OCEAN PIZZA AND SEAFOOD HOUSE. HANDS DOWN, BEST SEAFOOD AND PIZZA IN AREA! ”
4 locals recommend
Boat or Ferry
“Spend a day over on Block Island, taking the High Speed Ferry from New London. www.goblockisland.com”
5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“I think Im remembering correctly that they have over 100 beers and ciders on tap. Im not sure how many exactly but its a LONG wall of taps! They have a good basic food menu of burgers and salads - no complaints but nothing spectacular to write about. Lots of seating options for different sized groups including lounge furniture.”
6 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“Excellent cold brew or any coffee / tea items. Food menu is limited but on point. Owned by professional chefs, all meats are roasted in house, sauces and dressings made in house. Duck egg breakfast sandwich or tacos anytime of day. A local favorite.”
4 locals recommend