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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.


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

Download the Spare Ride app on your phone.

New London Smart Ride Service

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.

Draft Choice (177 feet)
312 State Street
(860) 405-4015

Dockside Resort Bar (0.3 mile)
32 Bank Street
(860) 443-7433

Dutch Tavern (0.2 mile)
23 Green Street
(860) 442-3453

Fat Boy’s Kitchen & Bar (0.4 mile)
194 Bank Street
(860) 574-9154

Hot Rod Cafe (0.4 mile)
114 Bank Street
(860) 447-2320

Jake’s Diner on State Street (0.2 mile)
131 State Street
(860) 574-9310

Jasmine Thai Restaurant (0.5 mile)
470 Bank Street
(860) 442-9991

Kamp Dog (466 feet)
15 Broad Street
(860) 443-3000

Kin D Thai and Sushi (0.2 mile)
123 State Street`
(860) 574-9097

La Luna Restaurant (0.1 mile)
35 Gov. Winthrop Blvd.
(860) 326-7258

Mambo Bar & Restaurant (0.4 mile)
200 Bank Street
(860) 444-6400

Mi Casa 2 (0.3 mile)
31 Golden Street
(860) 574-9183

Mr.G’s (0.9 mile)
452 Williams Street
(860) 447-0400

Muddy Waters (0.3 mile)
42 Bank Street
(860) 444-2232

Napolitano’s Pizza (0.4 mile)
211 Bank Street
(860) 440-3777

Neon Chicken (0.7 mile)
88A Howard Street
(860) 444-6366

Noodle + Rice Bistro (0.4 mile)
165 Bank Street
(860) 443-4444

Oasis Pub (0.3 mile)
16 Bank Street
(860) 447-3929

Ocean Pizza Restaurant (1.0 mile)
88 Ocean Avenue
(860) 443-0870

On the Waterfront Cafe (1.7 mile)
250 Pequot Avenue
(860) 444-2800

Recovery Room (1.8 mile)
445 Ocean Ave.
(860) 443-2619

Right Path Organic Cafe (0.4 mile)
147 Bank Street
(860) 437-9700

Sellfish (1.7 mile)
260 Pequot Avenue
(860) 574-9645

The Social Bar & Kitchen (0.4 mile)
208 Bank Street
(860) 442-6900

Sunrise Cafe (0.3 mile)
36 Golden Street
(860) 437-3444

Swad Tandoori (0.2 mile)
150 State Street
(860) 439-1809

33 Golden Street (0.3 mile)
33 Golden Street
(860) 443-1193

Thames Landing Oyster House (0.3 mile)
2 State Street
(860) 574-9232

Tony D’s (377 feet)
92 Huntington Street
(860) 443-9900

Washington St. Coffee House (495 feet)
13 Washington Street
(860) 437-0664

Woodfellas Pizza (445 feet)
45 Huntington Street
(860) 447-9337

Holiday Inn New London

35 Governor Winthrop Blvd, New London, CT 06320, USA

(860) 443-7000

Clarion Inn

249 N Frontage Rd, New London, CT, USA

(860) 442-0631

Red Roof Inn

707 Colman St, New London, CT, USA

(860) 444-0001

SpringHill Suites Waterford

401 N Frontage Rd, Waterford, CT, USA

(860) 439-0151

Groton Inn & Suites

99 Gold Star Highway, Groton, CT, USA

(860) 445-9784

Mystic Marriott Hotel & Spa

625 N Rd, Groton, CT, USA

(860) 446-2600

Quality Inn Mystic

48 Whitehall Ave, Mystic, CT, USA

(860) 980-3257

Mystic River Hotel & Suites

9 Whitehall Ave, Mystic, CT, USA

(860) 980-3160

Days Inn & Suites

55 Whitehall Ave, Mystic, CT, USA

(860) 415-8155

Inn at Harbor Hill Marina

60 Grand St, Niantic, CT, USA

(860) 739-0331

Lodging in the New London Area

Holiday Inn New London (New London)
35 Gov. Winthrop Blvd.
(860) 443-7000

Clarion Inn (New London)
249 North Frontage Rd.
(860) 442-0631

Red Roof Inn (New London)
707 Colman St.
(860) 444-0001

SpringHill Suites Waterford (Waterford)
401 N. Frontage Rd.
(860) 439-0151

Groton Inn & Suites (Groton)
99 Gold Star Highway
(860) 445-9784

Mystic Marriott Hotel & Spa (Groton)
625 North Rd. (Route 117)
(860) 446-2600

Quality Inn Mystic (Mystic)
48 Whitehall Ave.
(860) 980-3257

Mystic River Hotel & Suites (Mystic)
9 Whitehall Ave.
(860) 980-3160

Days Inn & Suites (Mystic)
55 Whitehall Ave.
(860) 415-8155

Inn at Harbor Hill Marina (Niantic)
60 Grand St.
(860) 739-0331

Highclere Castle Gin

  The Garde Arts Center is partnering with Essex based company, Highclere Castle Gin, and 4 top local New London restaurants – Tony D’s, The Blue Duck, Hot Rods, and Tuskers -Jasmine Thai – to feature a new bar selection this Spring.  We want you to have a TASTE of this award-winning top shelf liquor … Continued

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On Exhibit at the Garde

Tom Bombria Photography March 18, 2023 to April 15, 2023 The Garde Arts Center is pleased to present a photography exhibit by Tom Bombria Photography. The photos on display are from Garde concerts and stage performances, abstract landscapes, travel and seascapes. Any size print, framed or unframed may be available for purchase upon request. Available … Continued

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Winter Parking Restrictions   Due to the forecast for a significant snowfall beginning today, Monday, around the early evening hours and continuing overnight and much of the day on Tuesday 02/28/2023, residents and visitors are reminded that the City of New London’s Winter Parking Restrictions is in effect.   Also, A DOWNTOWN PARKING BAN WILL … Continued

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Connecticut State of Mind

Park Place Artists Original Oil Paintings   February 4, 2023 through March 18, 2023 New London, CT The Garde Arts Center is pleased to present a group exhibition of new oil paintings by members of Park Place Artists. “Connecticut State of Mind” will run starting February 4, 2023  with a reception Sunday, February 26, 2023 … Continued

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Speed Dating LIVE!

JOIN OUR NEXT SPEED DATING LIVE ON FEB 3, 2023 Dating applications are now open for the next Speed Dating LIVE! On Stage! Based on the sold-out success of our first two events we are going to match folks up again.  Please fill out the form below if you would like to be considered to … Continued

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Garde Votes for Manhattan Short Winners

On October 2, 2022, the Garde audience picked their favorite films and actors for the MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival 2022. The results were added to votes from all over the world in a final tally. The Final Ten MANHATTAN SHORT finalists hail from eight countries with films from Scotland, Chechia & Slovakia, Spain, Australia, Finland, and Lebanon, … Continued

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