Destination guide

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.

Things to do

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.

Activities

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?

Weather

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.

Natural features

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.

How to get there

How to get to and around New London

Fly into New London, CT (GON-Groton - New London), the closest airport, located 3.2 mi (5.1 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you could also fly into Fishers Island, NY (FID-Elizabeth Field), which is 7.9 mi (12.7 km) away.

If you'd prefer to travel by train, the main station is New London Union Station.

Where to stay around New London?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 713 vacation rentals near New London. From 451 Houses to 146 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near New London for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to New London?

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 New London:

  • Misquamicut: 178 vacation rentals
  • Watch Hill: 101 vacation rentals
  • Niantic: 421 vacation rentals
  • Groton Long Point: 36 vacation rentals
  • Saybrook Manor: 41 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 New London?

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

  • United States Coast Guard Academy: 707 vacation rentals
  • Ocean Beach Park: 326 vacation rentals
  • New London Ferry Dock: 713 vacation rentals
  • Monte Cristo Cottage: 745 vacation rentals
  • New London Union Station: 719 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around New London 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 New London?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 451 Houses in New London. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in New London include:

  • Cottages: 146 rentals available
  • Cabins: 146 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 146 rentals available

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

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in New London?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 54 vacation rentals with pool available in New London. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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