In the next episode of New England Boating TV, co-hosts Parker Kelley and Tom Richardson head for Connecticut, where they visit another historic port: New London. Like Nantucket and New Bedford (which the show also covered this season), New London was a thriving whaling center in the 1800s. Since then the city has seen its share of changes, both good and bad, but today it is making a noticeable effort to draw recreational boaters to the downtown area and its surrounding waters.
Case in point is the revitalized waterfront, which includes transient slips, moorings and even a shower/bathroom facility for visiting boaters—all of it at the foot of downtown New London and it eclectic mix of architecture, shops and dining options. You’ll also find a lot going on in terms of entertainment, events and open-air performances throughout the season. Indeed, Parker, Tom and the rest of the NEB crew happened to visit during SailFest, when the city piers come alive with food vendors, Tall Ships cruises, live music, an incredible fireworks display, and carnival rides. It is quite a scene.
Also in the show, Tom and Parker visit the supposedly haunted New London Ledge Lighthouse, dock and dine at Capt. Scott’s Lobster Dock, get a tour of Fort Trumbull State Park and the Custom House Maritime Museum, check out the downtown architecture, and get a boater’s tour of the Lower Thames River and New London Harbor.
If you’re curious about visiting New London by water or land, don’t miss this episode!