Plan Your Visit
There are several parking areas near the Garde Arts Center:
- FREE street parking on State, Huntington, Meridian, and Union Streets (shaded in green).
- FREE parking behind the Courthouse (Access via Cottage Street).
- FREE parking in the Municipal Parking Lot (Eugene O’Neill Drive).
- PAID parking at the Water Street Parking Garage and the Cornish Garage.
From the Norwich Area:
I-395 South to left Exit 5 at Montville Connector (signs for CT-32/New London). Continue straight onto CT-32. You will pass Connecticut College on the right and the Coast Guard Academy on the left. Take the downtown New London exit. At third light, turn right onto State Street. Continue straight. The Garde Arts Center is on the right.
From the Hartford Area:
RT. 2 South toward Norwich/New London. From RT. 2, take RT. 11 to end; go left onto RT. 82. At the first traffic light, take a right onto RT. 85. Take RT. 85 past Crystal Mall in Waterford. RT. 85 becomes Broad Street in New London. Take Broad Street to the end. Take a right on Huntington Street and then take an immediate left. The Garde Arts Center is on the left.
From Groton, Providence, & North:
I-95 South to the Gold Star Bridge at Groton/New London. Get in the right lane on the bridge. Follow right branch; split immediately over the bridge. Change to the left lane and follow left split to downtown New London. Pass under the pedestrian overpass. Go to second traffic light (State Street). Turn right. Go three blocks. The Garde Arts Center is on the right.
From New Haven & South:
I-95 North to Exit 83 (Downtown New London). The first traffic light is at end of the ramp. Go straight off the ramp onto Huntington Street. Take Huntington Street to fourth traffic light and make left onto State Street. The Garde Arts Center is on the left.
NEW! CITY OF NEW LONDON SMART RIDE SHUTTLE SYSTEM
You can be picked up anywhere in New London to go to anywhere else in New London for free, Monday through Saturday from 8 am to 8 pm!
The City of New London recently launched its new NL SmartRide program – an on-demand public transportation service similar to ride-hailing systems like Uber. The pilot program, scheduled to run until May 8, 2022, is a joint effort from the New London Parking Authority and Southeast Area Transit District. To use the new micro-transit service, passengers first download the free Spare Rider app to their smartphone and then request a ride. NL SmartRide customers without smartphones can request same-day rides by calling (860) 934-5234 or by going online to ParkinNewLondon.com
Download the Spare Ride app on your phone.
Area Dining Guide
The following list of New London area restaurants is for your convenience. We recommend you call in advance to confirm exact hours of service and if reservations are necessary. You can also click here for the New London Main Street Dining Guide.
Holiday Inn New London
35 Governor Winthrop Blvd, New London, CT 06320, USA
249 N Frontage Rd, New London, CT, USA
Red Roof Inn
707 Colman St, New London, CT, USA
SpringHill Suites Waterford
401 N Frontage Rd, Waterford, CT, USA
Groton Inn & Suites
99 Gold Star Highway, Groton, CT, USA
Mystic Marriott Hotel & Spa
625 N Rd, Groton, CT, USA
Quality Inn Mystic
48 Whitehall Ave, Mystic, CT, USA
Mystic River Hotel & Suites
9 Whitehall Ave, Mystic, CT, USA
Days Inn & Suites
55 Whitehall Ave, Mystic, CT, USA
Inn at Harbor Hill Marina
60 Grand St, Niantic, CT, USA