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Top Choice Seafood in New London

Captain Scott's Lobster Dock

The Coast Guard knows a thing or two about the sea, and you'd be remiss if you didn't follow students of its academy to the place for seafood in the summer. The setting's just a series of picnic tables by the water,…
Top Choice Seafood in New London

On the Waterfront

A spectacular lobster bisque and other delights from the deep, like pistachio-crusted salmon and Montauk-jumbo-stuffed shrimp are served up with water views from a multitude of windows. The bar is a popular spot wit…
Pizza in New London

Recovery Room

Locals love Recovery Room's pizza – thin crusted and one-sized – with a variety of toppings. It's also a great place for a salad with 10 variations to choose from. Burgers and eclectic starters round out the menu.
Pub in New London

Dutch Tavern

Raise a cold one to Eugene O'Neill at the Dutch, the only surviving bar in town that the playwright frequented (though back in the day it was known as the Oak). It's a good honest throwback to an earlier age, from t…
Museum in New London

Custom House Maritime Museum

Near the ferry terminal, this 1833 building is the oldest operating customhouse in the country, in addition to functioning as a museum. Its front door is made from the wood of the USS Constitution.
Historic Buildings in New London

Hempsted Houses

Part of a well-laid-out walking tour are two Hempsted Houses, the wood-framed older one (1678) is one of the oldest 17th-century houses in New England and the oldest in New London. It was maintained by the descendan…
Gallery in New London

Hygienic Art

Done up in a Greek Revival–style replete with a sculpture garden, mural plaza, fountains and a large performance area, this not-for-profit art space hosts poetry readings, film screenings, a summer concert series an…
Gallery in New London

Lyman Allyn Art Museum

This neoclassical building contains exhibits that span the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, including impressive collections of early-American silver and Asian, Greco-Roman and European paintings. Among the highlights…
Library in New London

Monte Cristo Cottage

This cottage was the boyhood summer home of Eugene O'Neill, America's only Nobel Prize–winning playwright. Near Ocean Beach Park in the southern districts of the city (follow the signs), the Victorian-style house is…
Museum in New London

US Coast Guard Academy & Museum

Located in Waesche Hall on the grounds of the US Coast Guard academy, you'll find this small, unattended museum. Plans are afoot for the first National Coast Guard Museum to open in 2018 in a separate location, thou…