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13 Things To Do in New London, CT, Near the Coast Guard Academy
13 Things To Do in New London, CT, Near the Coast Guard Academy13 Things To Do in New London, CT, Near the Coast Guard Academy

13 Things To Do in New London, CT, Near the Coast Guard Academy

Looking for Things To Do in New London, CT?

Done hitting the books at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy? You’re in luck! The academy offers a number of recreational opportunities right on campus. And the nearby coastal city of New London and the surrounding region offer even more things to do.

Read on to learn about 13 things to do in New London, CT, and other cities near the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.

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13 Things To Do in New London, CT, and Nearby Cities

Military Discounts for Nearby Attractions

1. Tickets and Travel

Leamy Hall
15 Mohegan Ave.
New London, CT 06320
Phone: 1 (860) 444-8277

Before you venture off campus for an adventure, check out the academy’s travel office. This office has discounted tickets to local attractions, as well as national favorites like Walt Disney World, Legoland, Universal Studios, and more. Visit the office’s website for a full list of discounted attractions.

Sports and Fitness

Sports and Fitness

2. Coast Guard Academy Athletics

The Coast Guard Academy has a number of sports and fitness programs for cadets. U.S. Coast Guard Academy softball, baseball, basketball, cross country, football, lacrosse, rowing, sailing, soccer, swimming, tennis, track and field, wrestling, and volleyball teams compete in exciting matchups you won’t want to miss. Cadets can also participate in non-varsity club sports like ice hockey, pistol, rifle, triathlon, and rugby.

Visit the Coast Guard Academy Sports website for more information on the academy’s sports teams, tickets for upcoming games, academy athletic facilities, and more.

3. Roland Hall

Harriet Lane
New London, CT 06320
Phone: 1 (860) 444-8600

Roland Hall houses fitness facilities for cadet-athletes and the entire corps of cadets. The nearly 8,000-square-foot Emlen Tunnell Strength & Conditioning Center in Roland Hall has state-of-the-art equipment and offers stunning views of the Thames River and academy waterfront. The hall also has a pool, an indoor track, tennis courts, a high-ropes course, and an obstacle course.

4. Billard Hall

Harriet Lane
New London, CT 06320
Phone: 1 (860) 444-8600

Billard Hall features a pool, a weight room, a wrestling room, a cardio fitness room, and the academy’s athletic hall of fame.

5. Campus Pools

Billard and Roland Halls
Harriet Lane
New London, CT 06320
Phone: 1 (860) 444-8600

Recreational swim is available for cadets at the Billard Hall pool. Staff and faculty may use the Roland Hall pool. For recreational swim hours, visit the U.S. Coast Guard Academy’s Sports website.

6. Great Brook Sports

850 Gold Star Highway
Groton, CT 06340
Phone: 1 (860) 448-0938

The Great Brook Sports complex features a driving range, virtual golf simulators, a miniature golf course, and batting cages. The driving range offers covered and heated bays that allow you to practice your swing year-round. The high-def golf simulators are another way to work on your golf game.

If you’re more interested in golf of the miniature variety, the 18-hole mini-golf course set on a lush hillside boasts a koi pond and waterfalls. And last, but not least, four batting cages offer different pitching speeds for every batting skill level.

Bowling Alleys

7. Bowling Center

Leamy Hall
15 Mohegan Ave.
New London, CT 06320
Phone: 1 (860) 444-8470

The U.S. Coast Guard Academy’s bowling center offers league bowling, special events, and more.

Outdoor Recreation and Parks

Outdoor Recreation and Parks

8. Equipment Rental Center

Johnson Hall
Harriet Lane
New London, CT 06320
Phone: 1 (860) 444-8470

The academy’s equipment rental center has everything you need for your next adventure. The center has sporting goods, camping equipment, canoes, kayaks, lawn and garden equipment, tools, and party gear. Visit the center’s website for a full list of available equipment and rental fees.

9. New London Recreation Department

111 Union St.
New London, CT 06320
Phone: 1 (860) 447-5230

The New London Recreation Department offers programs for all ages. Visit the department’s website for information on recreation programs, sports leagues, special events, local parks, playgrounds, sports courts, and more. Be sure to check out local favorite Ocean Beach Park, which features a beautiful beach, a boardwalk, a pool, waterslides, amusement rides, mini-golf, an arcade, a cafe, and more.

10. Marinas and Boatyards

If you’re looking for a place to dock your boat, you have lots of options in this coastal city. Thamesport Marina and Crocker’s Boatyard in New London, CT, offer floating docks, fuel, water and power at your slip,  and more. Visit their websites for information on availability and pricing.

Lyman Allyn Art Museum

Museums

11. U.S. Coast Guard Academy Museum

Waesche Hall
31 Mohegan Ave.
New London, CT 06320
Phone: 1 (860) 444-8511

The current U.S. Coast Guard Museum boasts an extensive collection of historical U.S. Coast Guard artifacts, including cutter memorabilia, flags, medals, models, uniforms, art, and more. The museum’s collection also includes the original 1936 figurehead from the USCGC Eagle. It is one of the largest figureheads found in an American museum.

For information on the future National Coast Guard Museum, which will be built in New London, visit the National Coast Guard Museum Association’s website.

12. Lyman Allyn Art Museum

625 Williams St.
New London, CT 06320
Phone: 1 (860) 443-2545

The Lyman Allyn Art Museum celebrates art and history in Connecticut and beyond. The museum features more than 17,000 objects and artworks from Africa, Asia, the Americas, and Europe. The museum also features 12 acres of gardens and lawns as well as a sculpture trail.

13. Niantic Children’s Museum

409 Main St.
Niantic, CT 06357
Phone: 1 (860) 691-1111

The 5,000-square-foot Niantic Children’s Museum is for children 9 months to 9 years old. Kids can check out science activities, hands-on exhibits, and imaginative play spaces. Inside, they’ll find a fishing boat, fire engine, light lab, seaside village, toddler play space, and more. Then they can head outdoors to climb the tree house, play with giant blocks, zoom down the zipline, and more.

Looking for More Things To Do in New London, CT?

If you need even more ideas of things to do in New London, CT, visit the city’s official tourism website. Here you can learn about other family-friendly attractions, historical sites, shopping, restaurants, and more in New London, CT.

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