New London, CT, USA

New London, CT, USA

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From whalers to weekenders

Set on the Thames River, New London is brimming with seafaring charm. While it was once one of the country's busiest whaling ports, today New London is a top family-friendly destination. As part of America's New England region there's a wealth of history to discover. You can stroll around Mystic seaport, climb aboard a fully rigged tall ship and explore historic sea forts. Planning a weekend away? From airy beach houses to luxury seaside cottages, New London vacation rentals promise a local experience in New England.

Explore New London's Waterfront Historic District

Get your bearings with a stroll around the Waterfront Historic District. It hugs the banks of the Thames and is lined with breezy cafes, colorful boutiques and laid-back lobster shacks. One of the best ways to discover New London is by water. From whale-watching cruises to tall ship tours, it's easy to dive headfirst into New London's seafaring legacy. For a taste of life at sea, sign up for an overnight sail. No visit is complete without a day at Mystic Seaport. Most visitors fall hard for the postcard-perfect town, so why not stay local with New London vacation rentals?

Touch base with the US Coast Guard

Training the creme de la creme, the US Coast Guard is one of the world's most respected uniformed services. Find out more about their duties at the US Coast Guard Academy & Museum. For the best views in town, head to Fort Trumbull State Park. It guards the mouth of the Thames and was once an integral part of New England's coastal defense system. Today you can stroll along the scenic paths, fish off the pier or sign up for a guided tour.

Dive into New England's events calendar

With long days and endless sunshine, summer is high season in New London. It's a great time to explore the Waterfront Historic District, sail in the harbor or day trip to Mystic seaport. There's also a lively summer events calendar to enjoy, from food truck festivals and outdoor concerts to sailing regattas and 4th of July fireworks. Of course, with New London vacation rentals, catching rays on your private sun deck is always an option. Spring and fall bring clear skies and crisp temperatures, while winter means windswept walks on the beach and cozy nights in by the fire.

A sanctuary for whales

New London is set on the banks of the Thames River, and is part of America's historic New England region. With its deep-water harbor and direct access to the Atlantic Ocean, New London was once one of the world's biggest whaling ports. Today, the seaport has swapped harpoons for eco-friendly whale-watching cruises. Summer is peak whale-watching season, when pods of humpback, finback, right and minke whales flock to feed on mackerel, herring and krill.