Plan Your Visit

Plan Your Visit


There are a number of 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 large parking area beside Fiddleheads Co-op and Tony D’s Restaurant (Huntington Street).

·         FREE parking in the Municipal Parking Lot (Eugene O’Neill Drive).

·         PAID parking at the Water Street Parking Garage 

Directions to the Garde Arts Center:

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. GAC 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 immediate left. GAC is on the left.

From Groton, Providence, & North:

I-95 South to the Gold Star Bridge at Groton/New London. Get in right lane on bridge. Follow right branch; split immediately over bridge. Change to left lane and follow left split to downtown New London. Pass under pedestrian overpass. Go to second traffic light (State Street). Turn right. Go three blocks. GAC is on the right.

From New Haven & South:

I-95 North to Exit 83 (Downtown New London). First traffic light is at end of ramp. Go straight off the ramp onto Huntington Street. Take Huntington Street to fourth traffic light and make left onto State Street. GAC is on the left.



There are many restaurants in the New London area where you can dine before our concerts. If you drive to the Garde Arts Center, dining near the hall is also a great way to find a parking spot before the regular concert rush. Many of these restaurants get crowded on concert nights, so it is wise to make reservations.

Here are a few of our favorites:






Distance to Garde

Tony D’s


92 Huntington St

New London

(860) 443-9900

377 ft.

2 Wives Brick Oven Pizza


45 Huntington St

New London

(860) 447-9337

446 ft.

Washington Street Coffee House

Casual Dining

13 Washington St. New London

(860) 437-0664

492 ft.

RD86 Space

New American

86 Golden St.

New London

(860) 574-9335

0.2 mile

The Social Bar + Kitchen


208 Bank St.

New London

(860) 442-6900

0.4 mile

Noodles and Rice Bistro


165 Bank St.

New London

(860) 443-4444

0.4 mile

Right Path Organic Café


147 Bank St.

New London

(860) 437-9700

0.4 mile

Lazy Leopard Thai Café


45 Bank St.

New London

(860) 333-1329

0.5 mile

Dev's on State

Tapas Bar

312 State St.

New London

(860) 442-3387

0.1 mile

Olio Restaurant & Bar


33 Kings Hwy.


(860) 445-6546

2.6 miles

Paul's Pasta Shop


223 Thames St.


(860) 445-5276

2.9 miles

Thames Club:

Enjoy a delicious meal at the elegant Thames Club, 290 State Street, New London, Saturday evenings before the concert. 5:00 p.m. Prix-fixe dinner, $35.50 per person plus tax and gratuity. Call the Club for reservations at 860-443-5504. Look for each concert’s menu on our e-newsletter or social media pages.

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