Growing up in Connecticut in the 1960's, the New London area became our family's day-trip destination of choice. In exuberant expectation we loaded the station wagon with sand pails and shovels, swimsuits, Coppertone and beach towels, and made the hour-and-a-half long drive to the coast. Our outings included picnics,
swimming, building sandcastles, and just being a kid at places
such as Rocky Neck State Park and Ocean Beach Park. We made numerous
visits to Mystic Seaport where my life-long love of the sea and all
things nautical had its early beginnings. Having a real fondness for cheeseburgers, the icing on the cake after a day at the beach was a stop at Harry's Place in Colchester. It was, and still is, the best burger you'll find anywhere!
Today I enjoy visiting my "old haunts" as well as discovering new attractions and out-of the-way places. Roaming around back roads with GPS and map-in-hand (and a camera, of course!) is one of my favorite pastimes. If your favorite pastime includes entertainment, history, water sports, or a
spot on the beach for your sun chair and cooler, you'll find them all here in
New London County! Whether you plan to visit for a
few hours, overnight, or a week or two, a wide array of area attractions make for a perfect vacation destination. Here you'll find something for everyone!
Be transported back to the days of yore with a visit to Mystic Seaport.
History comes alive as you stroll through the 19th-century village
complete with shops, school house, bank and chapel. Board historic
schooners and experience life as an "old salt". Travel to nearby
Groton's Submarine Force Museum, home to the world's first nuclear-powered submarine USS Nautilus.
Sailing Vessel Joseph Conrad at Mystic Seaport
With the gentle surf of Long Island Sound as a backdrop, there are a number of sandy beaches along the coast for strolling, swimming and sunbathing. Looking for a great place to bring the kids? Visit Ocean Beach Park with its water slide, mini-golf course, boardwalk and arcade—a fun-filled way to spend a day. View the captivating hillside vistas at Harkness Memorial State Park in Waterford. Here you can walk pathways to the beach and enjoy the scenery with a picnic lunch. Take a tour of Eolia, the elegant mansion and gardens within the park grounds.
Boardwalk and Soft Sand at Ocean Beach Park
Feeling lucky? Try your hand at more than 12,000 slot machines in New London County's world-class casinos. Superior gaming facilities, arenas, theaters, shops, gourmet restaurants and deluxe lodging all await you at Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mohegan Sun.
Rainmaker Casino at Foxwoods
From the splendid architecture of Norwich to Lebanon's lovely town green and farms, all twenty-one towns within the county have their own unique appeal. The stately homes of Stonington remind us of a time that was, while the vibrancy of New London's seaport entertains with music festivals, eateries, and art.
Beautiful Homes Along Stonington's Main Street
The area has grown since my childhood days, so now you'll find even more things to do! Spend the day at Mystic Aquarium and be greeted by a smiling Beluga Whale! Discover Connecticut's early history with a visit to the Mashantucket Pequot Museum near Foxwoods. Bustling with activity and scenic locales, explore southeastern Connecticut's treasure-filled and historic New London County!