We have a NEW mobile app which makes getting around the Park fun, easy, and informative. The platform is called izi.travel. Download it from your app store and enter Thames River Heritage Park. Please let us know what you think. We want to make the visitor experience as seamless as possible.
If you’re reading this then we hope you notice our NEW website. Easy navigation, lots of information about Park sites, the Water Taxi, and for those who purchase water taxi tickets and season passes, fabulous NEW Ride & Save promotions. Check back often as we just started this collaboration with local merchants and will be adding promotions throughout the season.
Our NEW social media campaign is robust and filled with daily tidbits of local color. Please share.
We are in countdown mode for launching our second Water Taxi season at the Park. Getting ready for the season has been a master class in coordination and collaboration.
Starting with the boats. As anyone who owns a boat knows (or smarter yet, anyone who has a friend with a boat) they require a lot of maintenance and attention. With two boats operating this year that’s twice the care. That said, with our first trial run of the season behind us hosting CT Innovations last week, we are primed to launch Friday, the 26th at 10 a.m.
The boats have NEW awnings and NEW sound systems to make the ride enjoyable and informative. We are collaborating with local experts and our partner heritage sites to host tours on the Water Taxis, some of which are listed in our NEW Events calendar with more to come. The first will be hosted by Deborah Donovan, Treasurer of New London Landmarks and past President of the New London County Historical Society. “Four Centuries in 90 Minutes” will be leaving from City Pier on Thursday, June 8th at 6:30 p.m. It’s $30/pp and sure to sell out. Get tour details and tickets here.
There will be weekly sunset and daytime cruises, too. Grab some friends, pack a snack, your favorite beverage and get out on the water in an historic naval vessel.
WATER TAXI PICK UP SPOT (City Pier behind Union Train Station)
New London’s Historic Waterfront District buzzes with delicious dining experiences, shops, music and art venues. Over 30 eateries populate this 26-block National Register Historic District. Nathan Hale, Benedict Arnold, and Eugene O’Neill walked these streets. America’s greatest architects left their mark on the buildings. From the collection of Tiffany windows at St. James Church to the restored movie palace, the Garde Arts Center, to the shops, galleries, and plentiful entertainment, there is much to see and do.
A variety of tours are available. The Mystic Whaler, a reproduction 19th cargo schooner, offers day sails and lobster cruises from City Pier. A few steps away you’ll find Wheeling City Tours where you can hop on a Segway and glide around New London. And a couple doors down at the U.S. Custom House you can book a Lighthouse tour.
The Connecticut patriot Nathan Hale, taught in this one-room schoolhouse from 1774 to 1775, just a few short years after graduating from Yale at the age of eighteen. In 1775, Hale enlisted to fight in the American Revolutionary War. He was the only soldier to volunteer to spy on the British, retrieving valuable information to George Washington. Before he was hanged by the British in New York on September 22, 1776, he famously uttered “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.”