Destination guide

A slice of New England

Set on the Thames River, Groton is brimming with New England charm. While it was once a bustling whaling port, today Groton vacation rentals are a fantastic base for exploring nearby towns like New London, Mystic and Stonington. Groton's main claim to fame is being home to the US Naval Submarine Base. Whether you visit the legendary Nautilus submarine, climb aboard the Charles W. Morgan tall ship – a wooden whaling ship first launched in 1841 – or sign up for a harbor cruise, there's a wealth of seafaring history to soak up.

Things to do

Touch base with Groton's military submarine

While the US Naval Submarine Base may be strictly off limits to the public, you can tour the Historic Ship Nautilus & Submarine Force Museum. Nautilus is the museum's pride and joy, famous as the world's first nuclear-powered submarine. At Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park, a 134-foot obelisk commemorates the place where colonial soldiers were overcome by British troops in 1781. Lighten the mood in nearby Mystic, where you'll find the Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration. Kids will love the chance to get up close and personal with African penguins, beluga whales, sea lions and more.

Activities

Sail a tall ship in Groton

One of the best ways to discover Groton is on a historic tall ship tour. You can choose from scenic luncheons, Sunday brunches and lobster dinners. For an authentic taste of life at sea, why not book an overnight sailing adventure? Just a few miles to the east is Mystic, a postcard-perfect seaport brimming with sailboats, museums and laid-back lobster shacks. It's incredibly atmospheric and is one of Connecticut's most visited destinations. Most visitors fall head over heels, so why not stay local with a Groton vacation rental, just steps from Mystic?

Weather

Summer celebrations in Groton

Summer is high season in Groton, with long days and plenty of sunshine. The weather is ideal for exploring the harbor and enjoying outdoor events. From antique fairs and lobster festivals to outdoor concerts and regattas, Mystic throws a lively calendar of summer events for sea lovers and landlubbers alike. Groton also takes part, with a family-friendly 4th of July fireworks show at Fort Griswold State Park. Planning a family getaway to New England? From breezy beachside cottages to luxury summer homes, Groton vacation rentals provide a dream setting, perfect for making memories.

Natural features

A whale-watching wonderland

Part of New England, Groton lies in southeast Connecticut. It sits adjacent to New London, a lively seaport city set at the mouth of the Thames River. Thanks to its deep-water harbor and easy access to the Atlantic Ocean, it was once one of the world's busiest whaling ports. Today New England has shunned harpooning in favor of eco-friendly whale-watching tours. In summer, you could spot humpback, finback, right and minke whales feeding on a smorgasbord of mackerel, herring and krill.

How to get there

How to get to and around Groton

The nearest airport is in New London, CT (GON-Groton - New London), located 1.9 mi (3 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you can also fly into Fishers Island, NY (FID-Elizabeth Field), which is 6.9 mi (11.1 km) away.

Where to stay around Groton?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 559 vacation rentals near Groton. From 356 Houses to 99 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Groton for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Groton?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Groton:

  • Groton Long Point: 36 vacation rentals
  • Noank: 324 vacation rentals
  • Misquamicut: 178 vacation rentals
  • Watch Hill: 101 vacation rentals
  • Niantic: 421 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Groton?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Groton. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Eastern Point Beach: 813 vacation rentals
  • Morgan Point Light: 907 vacation rentals
  • Naval Submarine Base New London: 684 vacation rentals
  • Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park: 703 vacation rentals
  • Avery Point Light: 854 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Groton listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Groton?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 356 Houses in Groton. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Groton include:

  • Cottages: 99 rentals available
  • Cabins: 99 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 63 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Groton?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 39 vacation rentals with pool available in Groton. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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