New London has a thriving entertainment scene and downtown area. Whether you’re in the mood for a Broadway show or just a bite to eat, there’s something to suit any taste. New London Main Street is a great resource with maps of restaurants, museums and other points of interest in the city. Friday Nights in the District features events downtown and later hours for businesses. Visit Mystic Country for more activities in the greater area.
Area Galleries, Museums, Theater
If you’re looking for art, Hygienic Gallery, Lyman Allyn Art Gallery, TSETSE Gallery, Golden Street Gallery and Takeout Gallery are great destinations. Catch a performance by the Flock Theater, or at the Garde Arts Center or Eugene O’Neill Theater. Don’t overlook the Custom House Maritime Museum, Kente Cultural Center, or Hispanic Alliance downtown, and the Florence Griswold Museum and Wadsworth Atheneum farther afield. Take in a movie: there are two movie theater complexes just 10 minutes from campus.
Great malls and freestanding retail stores abound in New London. The eclectic and specialty shops downtown include a fair trade store, Flavours of Life. The New London Mall, Crystal Mall and Waterford Commons are all about five minutes away.
Hangouts and Outdoor Recreation
Cool coffee shops like Bean and Leaf and Muddy Waters are popular stops downtown. Ocean Beach Park is a popular beach and boardwalk area. Other outdoor draws are the Connecticut College Arboretum, Fort Trumbull State Park and nearby Harkness Memorial State Park.
Many annual festivals and events take place in New London over the course of the year, ranging from music festivals to community “food strolls.” Have a look at the Annual Events page.
New London and the surrounding community offer many places of worship. The Connecticut College Office of Religious and Spiritual Life is a great resource for discovering religious services and gatherings on and off campus.