Groton, CT

Travel Guide
Groton featuring a bridge and a river or creek

Friendliness and a warm welcome are guaranteed in this laid-back town famed for its revolutionary history and location between two rivers.

Historic Groton sits between the two estuaries of Mystic River and the Thames River, giving the town an island-like atmosphere. Visit to enjoy nationally famous historical sights, tranquil coastal retreats and scenic park spaces.

Picture yourself as Adrian Block, the Dutch explorer who mapped the coastline here as early as 1614. Travel back to an era of revolutionary battles at Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park. In 1781, British forces landed here and fought the biggest battle ever to take place in Connecticut. Wander around the remains of an American fort and visit the Ebenezer Avery House, where wounded soldiers were sheltered.

Hop between Groton’s other important landmarks. The Submarine Force Library & Museum lets visitors board the first nuclear-powered submarine and learn about Connecticut’s boatbuilding industry. Wander through the halls of Avery-Copp House, a colonial-style timber home built in the early 1800s.

Relax along the coast of Connecticut. Esker Point Beach is a peaceful, sandy spot with safe swimming and quiet picnic spots, as well as open-air summer concerts. Take your family to the lifeguard-patrolled Eastern Point Beach at the mouth of the Thames River.

Enjoy outdoor adventures at destinations such as Haley Farm State Park, which is covered in biking and hiking trails. Pets are welcome in the Copp Family Park, which features forests and wetlands for scenic walks.

Explore the old-world village of Noank, in the southeastern part of the town. Here, the Sylvan Street Museum traces the maritime history of this community while the Noank Village Boatyard is one of the state’s most picturesque harbors.

Experience the local character at its strongest on Groton City Day. This spirited event takes place on the first Friday in August, when town officials and politicians cook for the local community while fun events are put on for families.

Fly into Tweed New Haven Airport and drive for an hour to reach Groton. Come in fall to enjoy the parks in the area featuring colorful seasonal foliage.

Where to stay in Groton

Motel 6 Groton, CT
Motel 6 Groton, CT
2 out of 5
404 Bridge St, Groton, CT, 06340
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $65 per night from May 26 to May 27
Stay at this motel in Groton. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the convenient parking and the clean rooms in our reviews. ...
3.3/5 (988 reviews)
"It’s a reasonable priced place to stay. Simple and quiet. It’s always clean and staff is friendly. We stay here a lot when visiting the casinos."

Reviewed on Apr 24, 2022

Motel 6 Groton, CT
Baymont by Wyndham Groton/Mystic
Baymont by Wyndham Groton/Mystic
2.5 out of 5
360 CT Route 12, Groton, CT, 06340
The price is $95 per night from May 30 to May 31
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Groton. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
3.7/5 Good! (965 reviews)
"Price was reasonable. Room needs attention, fridge was freezing our stuff, bathroom needs remodeling. Room was clean & comfortable."

Reviewed on May 10, 2022

Baymont by Wyndham Groton/Mystic
Mystic Marriott Hotel and Spa
Mystic Marriott Hotel and Spa
4 out of 5
625 North Rd, Groton, CT, 06340
The price is $229 per night from May 30 to May 31
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Groton. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (990 reviews)
"Very clean and amazing staff."

Reviewed on May 2, 2022

Mystic Marriott Hotel and Spa
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Convenient Studio in the Heart of Groton
Convenient Studio in the Heart of Groton
Groton, CT
The price is $65 per night from Jun 8 to Jun 9
Stay at this apartment in Groton. Enjoy free WiFi, a Smart TV, and a kitchen. Popular attractions Mystic Seaport and Naval Submarine Base New London are located ...
Convenient Studio in the Heart of Groton
Large 2 bedrooms easy access to Shipyard, Coast Gaurd Academy, sub base, Casinos
Large 2 bedrooms easy access to Shipyard, Coast Gaurd Academy, sub base, Casinos
Groton, CT
Stay at this golf condo in Groton. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and a patio. Popular attractions Mystic Seaport and Naval Submarine Base New London are located ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
Groton escape
"My family and I stayed at this location while seeing a show at the Mohegan Sun. I gave this property a 5 star all the way for the following reasons. Booking was easy, I received an immediate response from the owner when I had a question. Upon entry, the first thing I noticed was how neat and clean ..."

Reviewed on Oct 4, 2021

Large 2 bedrooms easy access to Shipyard, Coast Gaurd Academy, sub base, Casinos
Water view retreat with separate suite and deck!
Water view retreat with separate suite and deck!
Groton, CT
Stay at this family-friendly vacation home in Groton. Enjoy WiFi, onsite parking, and a garden. Popular attractions Mystic Seaport and Naval Submarine Base New ...
Water view retreat with separate suite and deck!
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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