New London is a seaport city and a port of entry on the northeast coast of the United States. It is located at the mouth of the Thames River (pronounced as to rhyme with 'James', unlike the river of the same spelling in London, the capital of England, which is pronounced to rhyme with 'hems') in New London County, southeastern Connecticut. New London is located about 107 miles (172 km) from Boston, Massachusetts, 56 miles (90 km) from Providence, Rhode Island, 52 miles (84 km) from Newport, Rhode Island, 85 miles (137 km) from New Bedford, Massachusetts, and about 128 miles (206 km) from New York City.
By land, New London is almost exactly midway between New York City and Boston. The major seaboard interstate highway, I-95, passes through the city, and New London's Amtrak station is on the passenger rail Northeast Corridor. The city of Worcester, Massachusetts is 74 miles (119 km) northward, principally via Interstate 395, and the Connecticut capital, Hartford, is 53 miles (85 km) to the northwest and reachable via several different state highways (principally CT-2 and CT-9). New Haven is 47 miles (76 km) to the west along I-95.
New London Union Station is served by Amtrak's Northeast Regional and Acela Express regional rail services, plus Shore Line East (SLE) commuter rail service. Downtown New London is also served by local taxi companies, regional Southeast Area Transit buses, interstate Greyhound Lines buses, the Cross Sound Ferry to Long Island, the Fishers Island Ferry District, and in summer by the Block Island Express ferry. In 2010, the Estuary Transit District began public transit service between the New London transportation center and Old Saybrook. The Groton-New London Airport is located in neighboring Groton, and two major airports – T. F. Green and Bradley International Airport are within 75 minutes driving time, as is the smaller Tweed New Haven Regional Airport. Rail freight is by the Providence & Worcester Railroad and the New England Central Railroad. Seagoing cargo at the State Pier is handled by Logistec Corporation.
Sites of interest:
- Ye Antientist Burial Ground
- Hygienic Arts
- Connecticut College Arboretum
- Flock Theatre
- Fort Griswold (Groton)
- Fort Trumbull
- Garde Arts Center
- Connecticut Landmarks – Joshua Hempsted House (1678)
- List of Registered Historic Places in New London
- Lyman Allyn Art Museum
- Monte Cristo Cottage & Eugene O'Neill Theater Center (Waterford)
- Ocean Beach Park
- Olde Town Mill (1650)
- Second Congregational Church (1835)
- New London County Historical Society – Shaw-Perkins Mansion (1758)
- New London Maritime Society – U.S. Custom House (1833), landing site of Amistad (1839)
- Winthrop Mill
- Fishers Island (7 miles off the coast of New London, but currently part of New York).