269 North Frontage Road
New London, CT 06320
Phone: (860) 442-0631
Fax: (860) 442-0130
If you seek an all rounded education that aims to broaden your horizons and face the event called life, Connecticut College is the place to be. With students coming in from all over the globe, you're sure to benefit from a culturally rich environment which fosters self-development, free thinking and growth. Choose from courses in fields like humanities, the sciences, languages, the arts, social sciences, cultural studies, environmental sciences among others. The institution promotes an all-round approach by encouraging students to partake in extra curricular activities including sporting events and cultural dos. Check website for more details.
Situated on Hempstead Street, St. Sophia Hellenic Orthodox Church, is an architectural marvel. Sporting a beautiful facade, this church is nestled amidst the beautiful surroundings and is frequented by locals and tourists throughout the year. The spacious hall situated within this church is used for hosting several events like prayers and other religious services. This hall is also ideal for diverse social and cultural events.
Situated on the Huntington Street, Public Library of New London, aims at offering free access to books, photographs and other informative material on the history of New London and its people. Featuring a large collection of archives, this library serves as an important landmark and is quiet popular amongst the locals. With an extensive database, its no wonder that this library has managed to attract loads of members. To know more about the collection here, please check their website.
Two historic buildings namely the Joshua Hempsted House and the Nathaniel Hempsted House make up the now famous Hempstead Houses. Joshua Hempsted House being older is most documented 17th-century house in America. The house was inhabited by Joshua Hempsted right from childhood till his death. The house is thus replete with a rich history that concerns the colonial age and also throws light on the abolitionist movement. The Nathaniel Hempsted House was built in 1758 by Joshua Hempsted for his grandson Nathaniel. The Hempstead Houses is a property of the Antiquarian & Landmarks Society. Normal tours will resume in May 2010; however, tours by appointment are still carried out.
New London's Historic Waterfront District is a charming, New England-city gathering spot for this city of 25,700. This 26-block patch of restaurants, clubs, bars and shops is a National Register Historic District. Throughout the year, there are several events on the waterfront, such as Friday Nights in the District during winter.
Fort Griswold overlooks the Thames River that is the primary waterway in eastern Connecticut. During the Revolutionary War, For Griswold was a key landmark during the Battle of Groton Heights in 1781 when Benedict Arnold and British troops invaded and burned New London, including what is today Groton; however the Fort was spared when the British took control of it. The property includes several other structures. The Groton Monument, a 135-foot (41-meter) and 166-step obelisk dedicated to the fort's defenders. The nearby Monument House Museum and Ebenezer Avery House present numerous Revolutionary War-themed lectures and exhibits throughout the year.
One of the most famous landmarks of the city, the Battle of Groton Heights Monument is completely made of granite. It pays tribute to all those heroes who laid down their lives in the Battle of Groton Heights.
Named after the then Governor Trumbull, the Fort was built in 1777. Located on a rocky plain, near the mouth of River Thames, Fort Trumbull was used as part of the defense system until after colonial times. Today, it serves as a popular tourist attraction with a huge state park surrounding the magnificent fort. Once inside, one can find cannon, artillery, gun and crew display, a mock library and more. A visit to the fort and park would take the entire day, so make sure to wear comfortable shoes.
The Washington Park is perfect for local baseball matches and tournaments. The park has four ball diamonds and also has two basketball courts.
The Avery Point campus of University of Connecticut is beautiful and quiet spacious. Previously a plant estate, this campus has undergone refurbishment and now features a gym, Marine Sciences and Technology Building and Project Oceanology building. Some of the courses offered on this campus include Undergraduate programs in American studies, Coastal Studies, Maritime Studies and graduate programs in Marine Sciences. To know more about this university, please check the website.
Rated "One of the Best Beaches" by National Geographic Traveler, Ocean Beach Park and Boardwalk has been a Connecticut tradition for decades. There are classic rides, such as "The Scrambler" and "The Octopus", arcade, 18-hole miniature golf course, a carousel, 50-meter Olympic-size pool (with waterslide!) and even an on-site health club. If you come for the beach, you will not be disappointed with the pristine sugar sand, a very find Eastern-style mineral sand that makes for excellent sand castles and beach lounging. The park is open from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Bluff Point State Park is retreat away from the hustle and bustle of urban life. Explore mysterious trails, go biking or simply feast your eyes on the bounty of nature at the trail that leads to Bluff Point. This 800-acre (325-hectare) undeveloped land is a real boon for city-dwellers who like to fish or bike in the high mountains. The Coastal Reserve, with a beach at its end, attracts millions of tourists each year and is popular with locals who love to feel one with nature. Open every day from 8a to sunset. Call for more details.