Parking for Garde events is just steps away from the entrance!

  • FREE street parking on State, Huntington, Meridian, and Union Streets. There is no time limit for on-street parking after 5 pm and on weekends.
  • FREE parking behind the Courthouse (Access via Cottage Street).
  • FREE parking in the Municipal Parking Lot (Eugene O’Neill Drive)
  • FREE parking at the New London Public Library when the library is closed.
    After 7 pm on weekdays, after 5 pm on Saturdays, and after 4 pm on Sundays. 
  • PAID parking at the Water Street Parking Garage and the Cornish Garage.


Garde Arts Center
325 State Street, New London, CT 06320


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 anywhere else in New London, Monday through Saturday from 8 am to 8 pm!

The City of New London launched its new NL SmartRide program – an on-demand public transportation service similar to ride-hailing systems like Uber. The program is open to all users and serves the City of New London with a demand response service, Monday – Saturday, between 8:00 AM and 8:00 PM.  Download the SEAT Connect app to schedule your ride!  Please select locations within the city limits of New London; trips that start or end outside of New London will not be accepted.  Use the traditional fixed route bus service for these trips.   Beginning April 1 2023, regular SEAT fares will be required to ride.  We only accept cash, 1-Ride Passes and all Token Transit mobile tickets.

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.

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

Favorites Bistro Bar (0.3 mile)
90 Bank Street
(860) 446-6188

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

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

RD86 Space (0.3 mile)
86 Golden Street
(860) 574-9335

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

ROCK’S 21 (10.2 miles)
Inn at Mystic/Haley Mansion
3 Williams Avenue
Mystic, CT. 06355
(860) 536-8140

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

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