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Discover New London, CT
The small city of New London in Connecticut is a charming seaport known for its strategic importance and its fascinating history. At one point in time, the port of New London was one of the busiest whaling hubs in the entire world, and the wealth from this industry spurred the growth of New London, helping it blossom into a vibrant, decadent city with gorgeous architecture and lovely views of the Atlantic Ocean.
Before the arrival of Europeans, the Pequot native people called the land that New London now sits on by the name of Nameaug. Both Nameaug and Faire Harbour were considered by citizens when voting on the town’s name before they finally settled on honoring the capital of England and calling it New London.
When you book an RV in New London, you won’t be in the largest city or the capital of Connecticut, but you will be in one of the most unique and wonderful places in the entire northeastern United States. The city streets are graced with beautiful trees, historic homes, old military forts lining the Thames River, and amazing waterfront views and walking areas. Getting to the state capital of Hartford, or Boston, the largest city in the northeast, is a breeze when you rent an RV, and finding a great place to enjoy the great outdoors in Connecticut is part of the fun, with lots of excellent parks to choose from.
The Great Outdoors
The Connecticut shoreline sits adjacent to the Long Island Sound, an extension of the Atlantic Ocean and a fabulous place to spend the summer. There are quite a few places to check out if you want to explore the great outdoors in Connecticut, particularly in the more sparsely populated parts of the state of eastern Connecticut. Haley Farm State Park and Bluff Point State Park are two of the best parks located over in Groton, linked together by a small bridge walking path. You can head to either of the two parks, featuring a bevy of nature trails that weave through tranquil wooded areas, intermixed with small ponds and streams. Haley Farm State Park was once a colonial-era farm built over 100 years before the American Revolution took place. Bluff Point State Park is right next to the water, with stunning beachfront views and rocky bluffs overlooking the Long Island Sound.
Rocky Neck State Park is one of the state’s most popular parks in the summertime, bringing in people from all over New England to enjoy a beach day or two while beating the heat. You can swim in the ocean, walk around tidal marshes and other delicate ecosystems, go fishing in the ocean or saltwater lagoons or visit the park’s interpretive center which has lots of information concerning the ecosystem and the park’s wildlife. There are well over 100 camping sites that you can use when you need a place to stay with your New London camper rental.
Pachaug State Forest is another wonderful place to consider when you rent an RV in Connecticut, as it is the largest forest in the state and one of the best places to reconnect with nature. This National Natural Landmark is crucial for several species of tree, most notably the Atlantic white cedar tree. The Pachaug, Nehantic, Narragansett, and Quinebaug trails enable visitors to hike miles and miles through jaw-dropping, scenic natural areas. There is even a 58-mile enduro motorcycle trail for off-road speed enthusiasts, though there is nowhere to camp with your New London motorhome rental in the forest.
When you rent an RV in New London, you'll find a few RV parks and campgrounds in the area. Niantic/I-95 Exit 72 KOA is situated in a charming seaside village, minutes from restaurants, stores, and movie theaters. There are laundry facilities, a dog park, a camping kitchen, and a pavilion on-site.
The Island Campground & Cottages has cozy guest cottages and spacious campsites for those renting an RV. The campground is seasonal, sitting right on the water with mesmerizing views.
Seaport RV Resort & Campground is over in Mystic right near the aquarium and seaport. The resort has a pool and splash pad, a small waterpark, fishing, a playground, mini golf, and an on-site store among other amenities.
New London is truly a magical place, enthralling no matter the time of year. With its amazing city beach and boardwalks, important historical buildings, art museums, lighthouses, restaurants by the water, and outdoor bars, the city is truly fantastic once the weather turns warm in early spring. On top of that, New London is a college town with four universities including the Coast Guard Academy, a military institution training the top officers in the Coast Guard. The United States Coast Guard Museum has all sorts of historical treasures, artifacts, navigational aids, old maps, and more concerning the development of one of the core military branches in the United States.
The Garde Arts Center and the Lyman Allyn Art Museum are two places to consider when you rent an RV in New London and feel like seeking out some amazing cultural institutions. The Garde Arts Center is an old Art Deco style theater with 1,400 seats, a truly amazing place to catch an opera, musical, or concert. The Lyman Allyn Art Museum is housed in a new classical Greek style building with ornate columns adorning the front facade. Inside, you can find a breathtaking collection of artifacts and artwork from all over the globe and nearly every time period.
Across the river in Mystic, you can see the famous Mystic Seaport and the Mystic Aquarium, two of the region’s most famous and best-loved attractions. The seaport has all sorts of historical wooden ships that you can actually ride and tour. The aquarium is known for its incredible dedication to animal rehabilitation, its penguin enclosure, its sea lion shows, jellyfish tunnels, and amazing gift shop where you can find all sorts of souvenirs.
RV Rentals in New London, CT
New London, CT is the perfect spot to start your next road trip.
There are many popular rentals in New London. Outdoorsy's New London RV rental marketplace allows renters to choose from rental options from professional RV rental agencies as well as RVs for rent by owner.
RV and Motorhome Rentals Nearby
Nearby to New London are a number of National, State and Local parks. Travelers can easily rent RVs and motorhomes near Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, Hudson Highands State Park, Bear Mountain State Park, Mount Major State Park, and Lehigh Gorge State Park.
What's around New London, CT
Check out local hikes, campgrounds, parks and more!
Local Hiking Trails
|White Shore Trail||Alpine||New Jersey|
|Storm King - Butter Hill Trail||West Point||New York|
|Breakneck Ridge Trail||Beacon||New York|
|Bear Mountain Trail||Salisbury||Connecticut|
|Ragged Mountain Preserve Trail||Berlin||Connecticut|
|Mount Beacon Trail||Beacon||New York|
|Purgatory Chasm Trail||Sutton||Massachusetts|
|Bear Mountain Loop Trail||Bear Mountain||New York|
|Anthony's Nose Trail from Beacon Highway||Cortlandt||New York|
|Blue Hills Skyline Trail||Quincy||Massachusetts|
Recommendations for New London, CT from Outdoorsy Owners
Great seafood, usually packed on busy nights so make a reservation ahead of time.
Quite campground with options for full shade or full sun sites. Great place for biking to the beach.
Free to CT residents with a valid ID. This is a beautiful peaceful beach.
Mohegan Sun is also just a 15 minute drive from where the camper is located.
Camper is located 15 minutes from Foxwoods Casino! The home of the wonder of it all.
Another great family campground featuring a pool, splash pad and pond.
This KOA is great for adults looking for a Getaway. It is super close to beautiful coastal downtown Niantic which features unique shopping, bars and beautiful New England beaches.
This is our family's favorite local campground. The kids have a blast with all of the activities, themed weekends, three pools, splash pad and bounce pillow.
Family owned/operated campground with full hook ups. 2 different ponds for fishing and swimming. Lobster & Prime Rib Dinners. Nice level sites.