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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
National Park
“Amazing beaches, mansion, gardens, open fields, marshland, habitats for all sorts of amazing animals like osprey, deer, piping plover, wild turkeys, owls and more. ”
  • 13 locals recommend
Beach
“OBP has it all, beautiful beach, boardwalk, restaurants, watersides, arcades...great place for the family to go for a day.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Bookstore
“Wonderful, eclectic used book store with goats. That's right. Make sure you go to the main store and not just the smaller downtown offshoot, which is also nice, but has no goats.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Great seafood with a dock view! Informal outdoor seafood restaurant, byob, and sometimes has live entertainment. Don’t forget to get an ice cream after dinner!”
  • 12 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Wonderful, old renovated theater in the heart of New London. Check website for events.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Cafe
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“Great local coffee shop, outdoor deck in summer, try the famous "love salad" ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“COME AND SEE US AT THE ICONIC, FAMILY OWNED AND OPERATED SINCE 1962: OCEAN PIZZA AND SEAFOOD HOUSE. HANDS DOWN, BEST SEAFOOD AND PIZZA IN AREA! ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Boat or Ferry
“Spend a day over on Block Island, taking the High Speed Ferry from New London. www.goblockisland.com”
  • 5 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“Excellent cold brew or any coffee / tea items. Food menu is limited but on point. Owned by professional chefs, all meats are roasted in house, sauces and dressings made in house. Duck egg breakfast sandwich or tacos anytime of day. A local favorite.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Movie Theatre
“Recently remodeled luxury theatre with big reclining easy chairs. Make sure to plan ahead for rainy days or for new releases - their remodel sacrificed the number of available seats for comfort - so get tickets on Fandango or call ahead. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“A class c mall with Macy's, Penny's, Sears, and Christmas Tree Shop for box stores...if shopping is your thing.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Wings Joint
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“Informal bar & grill offering 20+ chicken wing flavors, plus craft beers, billiards & live music. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“I think Im remembering correctly that they have over 100 beers and ciders on tap. Im not sure how many exactly but its a LONG wall of taps! They have a good basic food menu of burgers and salads - no complaints but nothing spectacular to write about. Lots of seating options for different sized groups including lounge furniture.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“At the heart of the local blossoming art movement, this gallery is a great place to begin gallery hopping. Friendly and helpful staff will let you know what local shows are happening. The adjacent Art Park also hosts movie nights, music, theatre and more!”
  • 6 locals recommend
Park
“Get your history on! check out the fort used to defend New London from the British. learn about Benedict Arnold and if you are in luck, tour the Eagle. A beautiful tall ship owned by the US Coast guard and often docked there in summer.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Pub
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“True Celtic Culture, the booths are straight from Ireland. Weekend nights they host live music, mid week they host trivia nights.”
  • 6 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Seafood Restaurant
“Great seafood with a dock view! Informal outdoor seafood restaurant, byob, and sometimes has live entertainment. Don’t forget to get an ice cream after dinner!”
  • 12 locals recommend
Cafe
“Great local coffee shop, outdoor deck in summer, try the famous "love salad" ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“COME AND SEE US AT THE ICONIC, FAMILY OWNED AND OPERATED SINCE 1962: OCEAN PIZZA AND SEAFOOD HOUSE. HANDS DOWN, BEST SEAFOOD AND PIZZA IN AREA! ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Wings Joint
“Informal bar & grill offering 20+ chicken wing flavors, plus craft beers, billiards & live music. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“I think Im remembering correctly that they have over 100 beers and ciders on tap. Im not sure how many exactly but its a LONG wall of taps! They have a good basic food menu of burgers and salads - no complaints but nothing spectacular to write about. Lots of seating options for different sized groups including lounge furniture.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Pub
“True Celtic Culture, the booths are straight from Ireland. Weekend nights they host live music, mid week they host trivia nights.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
  • 3 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Outdoor clam shack with burgers and lots of fried food, lobster roll, ice cream. Picnic tables on the waterfront. Dog friendly. Excellent veggie burger.”
  • 5 locals recommend

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