New London has everything that a vacationer can ask for- from excellent beaches to mouth watering restaurants and fascinating historical buildings. The city boasts of several 17th, 18th and 19th century buildings that are extremely popular among tourists as well as several fascinating sight seeing places including the following-
The Monte Cristo Cottage- This is the home of the famous playwright Eugene O’Neill. If you liked his play the “Long Day’s Journey into Night”, you will find the cottage even more interesting as this is where the play is set!
Essex steam train and river boat (New London, Essex) – A ride in the steam train followed up by a romantic cruise on the Connecticut River is another activity that most tourists who have been to New London recommend.
The Submarine Force museum (New London, Groton) – The submarine museum tells the tale of America’s marine history with a focus on submarines through several fascinating exhibits.
Shaw Mansion (1756) – Originally built by ship owner Capt. Nathaniel Shaw Jr. the Mansion served as the headquarters of the Connecticut Navy during the American Revolution and since 1907 it has been home to the New London County Historical Society
Hempsted Houses -The reason why you should visit these houses is because the furnishings on display here are absolutely gorgeous. The Hempsted houses were built in 1678 and 1758.
The Lyman Art Museum- The exhibits in the museum include- a toy collection, American and European artworks as well as contemporary pieces by Connecticut artists, and a collection of New England furniture.