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BLUFF POINT STATE PARK AND COASTAL RESERVE

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FORT GRISWOLD BATTLEFIELD STATE PARK

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LOCATION - Bluff Point is on Long Island Sound southeast of Groton. Follow Connecticut 117 from 1-95. Turn right onto U.S. 1, left on Depot Road, and continue under the railroad overpass to the parking area.

Fort Griswold is on Monument Street and Park Avenue in Groton. It's 2 miles from Clarence B. Sharp Highway, off 1-95.

 

FEATURES - The rocky bluff and beach feature a 100-acre tidal salt marsh and upland forest.

Fort Griswold is the site of the 1781 massacre of American defenders by British troops. This historic site commemorates the time when British forces, led by Benedict Arnold, captured the fort, massacred the Continental army soldiers stationed there, and burned New London and Groton.

 

ACTIVITIES - Hike to Bluff Point and Mumford Point, passing the site of former Governor Winthrop's residence. Go saltwater fishing and enjoy a picnic. During the winter, go cross-country skiing.

Tour Fort Griswold's historic battlegrounds and stop by Groton Monument on the hilltop. Walk through Monument House to see artifacts from the massacre and whaling industry. The park is open Memorial Day through Labor Day from 10:00-5:00, and Labor Day through Columbus Day on weekends from 9:00-5:00.

Tour Ebenezer Avery's house with its weaving room and period furnishings.

Bike an 8-mile bike trail or go hiking on Haley Farm in Groton. Follow Connecticut 215 south to Brook Street where parking is available. Enjoy crosscountry skiing during the winter.

Take a river cruise along the Thames River aboard River Queen II. For reservations and information, call 203-445-9516. Stop by the USS Nautilus Memorial, located off 1-95, Exit 86, then north on Connecticut 12, outside the naval submarine base. Walk through the museum to learn about the development of the submarine. Tour the Nautilus, the first to cruise under the North Pole from the Bering Strait to the Greenland Sea, decommissioned in 1980. Visit the torpedo room, attack center, and living quarters. For tour information, call 203-449-3174.

Tour Mystic Harbor where the fastest clipper ships were being constructed in the nineteenth century. Pick up a booklet to take a walking tour of Mystic's historic homes from the Chamber of Commerce at 2 Roosevelt Avenue. Stroll through the Mystic Seaport Museum along the Mystic River on Connecticut 27, 3A mile south of 1-95, Exit 90. Tour the Charles Morgan, a wooden whaling ship, the 1882 Joseph Conrad, and a fishing schooner. Take a steamboat ride aboard the 1908 Sabino, or a windjammer cruise from Whaler's Wharf north of the downtown drawbridge. For reservations, call 203-536-4218.

Tour Olde Mistick Village on Connecticut 27 at 1-95. The village is an eighteenth-century-like colonial shopping center. Free concerts are presented Saturdays and Sundays from May-October. For information, call 203-536-4941.

During December, enjoy an old-fashioned Christmas celebration at Mystic Seaport, featuring special tours, holiday decorations, and Lantern Light Tours from Seamen's Inn.

 

In Mystic, tour Denison Homestead on Pequotsepos Road. It's furnished with Denison family heirlooms representing five distinct eras from 1717-1941. For information, call 203-536-9248. Whitehall Mansion is on Connecticut 27. From 1-95, take Exit 90 north. The restored mansion was built in 1774.

Mystic Marinelife Aquarium, 55 Coogan Boulevard, has over 6,000 living specimens of undersea life. Hourly demonstrations of whales, dolphins, and sea lions are presented in Marine Theater. For information, call 203-536-9631.

Incoming pilots can land at Groton/New London Airport, located 3 miles southeast of town. Rental cars are available.

 

INFORMATION

Bluff Point State Park

Depot Road

Groton, Connecticut 06340

telephone 203-506-2304

 

Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park

Groton, Connecticut 06340

203-445-1729 (park office)

203-446-9257 (Ebenezer Avery House)

How to get to the Bluff Point State Park, Connecticut. The location on the map of the Bluff Point State Park. Description of the attractions of the Bluff Point Park

How to get to the Bluff Point State Park, Connecticut. The location on the map of the Bluff Point State Park. Description of the attractions of the Bluff Point Park