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  • Azucar by Artist Christopher Wynter
    Azucar by Artist Christopher Wynter
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  • 1903 Branford House Mansion
    1903 Branford House Mansion
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  • Off The Beaten Path
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Groton Things to Do

  • Explore a submarine

    This was a very in depth museum. The land-based museum had a ton of naval memorabilia and interactive stations. The submarine itself was very informative. We had trouble with our audio speakers, though. The submarine is only for the physically fit. I don't think an obese person would be able to fit through many of the doorways.

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  • Mystic Seaport

    When visiting anywhere in Eastern Connecticut or Western Rhode Island the trip cannot be considered complete without at least a 1/2 day spent at the Mystic Seaport in Mystic, CT. Essentially a world-class museam of classic ships and incredible historical data that, along with wandering through the various boats within the museum, takes you right...

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  • Bluff Point

    The weather was great when we went to Bluff Point, which was a key factor as our plan was to spend spend some of the afternoon walking! There were a few people here and there, some walking with their children or dog, some cycling and some fishing. The walk we did took around 30 - 40 minutes in each direction, on quite level ground and so it was...

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Groton Restaurants

  • A local place for a decent breakfast

    Sal's is your typical American diner here in Groton that serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night snacks. The decor is anything but typical and a bit on the small side, with silver "tin" like ceilings, blue and orange booths and large picture windows with quirky space themed picture frames. The "space" theme is seen everywhere throughout the...

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  • One of the Best Restaurants In the Area

    The Olio restaurant is located in a rather non-glamorous location, but you soon forget that when you walk inside. The decor is modernistic minimal white and black and the food is fantastic. The specials are really special and the routine dishes are great. This really is a unique dining experience.Additionally, our server was both charming and...

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  • Don't miss great Pasta and fresh seafood

    This place is awesome! The pasta is fresh and the view from the restaurant's deck is fantastic. You can even take home fresh, homemade pasta from the display case right inside the front door. It's a place where you can show up casually dressed and kick back and relax with friends after a hard day's work. It's right next to an Army-Navy Surplus...

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Groton Transportation

  • by Stormie9999 Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Route I95 is clearly marked with the Groton exits.
    We have cabs and city buses, but most people use personal vehicles. No train station in Groton and the airport is small. Very limited commercial flights.

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Groton Off The Beaten Path

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    by grandmaR Updated Jan 28, 2012

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    This lighthouse looked so new that I thought it must be a replica, and did not take but two pictures of it. It IS a fairly new lighthouse and was only active as a navigational aid from 1944 to 1967), and it never had a resident keeper.

    The lighthouse is located on shore at Avery Point, at the east side of the Thames River entrance in Groton, Connecticut. Avery Point was originally named for an early settler to the area named Captain James Avery. For a long time the 73-acre site served as the huge estate of a wealthy industrialist named Morton F. Plant. Plant died in 1918, and in 1942 the land was sold to the state of Connecticut, which in turn handed it over to the Coast Guard. From 1942 to 1967 it was the site of the United States Coast Guard Training Center.

    Avery Point Lighthouse was the last to be built in Connecticut. It was finished in 1943, during World War II, and was not lighted right away due to concerns about possible enemy invasions by sea. It finally went into service on May 2, 1944. The unusual lighting consisted of eight 200-watt bulbs showing a fixed white light at 55 feet above sea level. Later on the light was changed to flashing green. The unique design has made it a favorite among lighthouse aficionados.

    In 1969, the land was returned to the state of Connecticut at no cost, and it became part of the University of Connecticut at Avery Point campus. Given the designation of Building #41 by the university, the former lighthouse building has been used as a physics laboratory and an air sampling station.

    By the late 1990s, the condition of the tower had deteriorated to the point where it was considered unsafe. The tower’s concrete blocks were found to be crumbling, the result of high sand content. The APLS was formed to save the Avery Point light, and the concrete blocks were the first things to be replaced. The original lantern was lifted by crane and transported to the West Mystic Wooden Boat Building Company, which is owned by a former lighthouse keeper and a current English professor at the University of Connecticut. The company graciously donated its time and materials for the restoration project. The old wooden lantern was used as a template for the construction of the new replica lantern, which was lowered into place on September 30, 2005 as about fifty cheering spectators looked on.

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Groton Sports & Outdoors

  • Kayaking and Sailing

    There was a LOT of boating activity visible from Avery Point. Mostly sailing, but I took one picture of this kayak. Groton Community Boating Club (GCBC) is located on Beebe Cove in Spicer Park in Noank. For an active member to be able to use the club’s shells and kayaks, she/he has either taken a rowing, sculling, or kayaking class through Groton...

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  • Eastern Point Beach

    Eastern Point Beach is a small family-oriented beach at the mouth of the Thames River near the University of Connecticut's Avery Point campus which is where I took my pictures. It is where the Sound meets the Thames River. I have not been here, but I find that the site offer showers, picnic tables, concession stand and playground. Shallow water...

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  • UConn Campus

    We drove onto the UConn campus to look at and photograph the lighthouses. It was nice to stand out on the point on a nice sunny warm day, but I imaging that the campus could be really cold in this location at the winter. Branford House was built in 1903 by Morton Freeman Plant who was a wealthy businessman. Plant loved and became a benefactor of...

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  • UConn Sculpture Path by the Sea~ Avery...

    We found a path along the side of Avery Point, where not only did we have a great view of three lighthouses, but also there were outdoor sculptures. There was a brick walk with memorial bricks in it, and also a grave for the UConn mascot. The sculpture closest in the first photo is Gad Zooids by Nick Santoro. To the right at that is Welded Steel...

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