You may begin your visit to Groton Heights from any of the participating sites. See the map to the right to get a sense of the neighborhood, and where the different sites are. In general, Groton Heights encompasses an area of the City of Groton from Thames Street on the west to Broad Street to the north, North Road to the east, and Allen Street to the south. All Groton Heights Waterfront Festival events are happening within that half square mile!
From I-95 Southbound:
Take exit 87 to Clarence B Sharp Hwy and Meridian St. Turn right on Meridian St, go across Mitchell Street at the light to continue along Monument Street into Groton Heights.
From I-95 Northbound:
As you cross the Gold Star bridge, move to the far right lane and take exit 85 (Thames Street). Keep in the far right lane of the ramp, and turn right at the end, where you’ll merge with Bridge Street. Follow Bridge Street to Thames Street and Groton Heights.
Shuttle bus schedule
Please considering parking your car, and taking advantage of our shuttle bus, which will operate on a continuous loop throughout the day.
Here’s the schedule the bus will follow:
Stop 1: Water Taxi landing
Left onto Fort Street
Stop 2: Ebenezer Avery House
Left onto Slocomb Terrace
Right onto School Street
Right onto Monument Street
Stop 3: Art on Groton Bank / Bill Memorial Library
Continue to Intersection of Park and Monument.
Stop 4: Fort Griswold Museum /Monument
Left onto Smith Street
Left onto Meridian Street
Stop 5: Groton Congregational Church
Right onto Monument Street
Left onto Broad Street
Stop 6: Corner of Broad and Thames (for Mother Bailey and Avery-Copp.)
Right onto Thames Street
Stop 7: SUBVETS Memorial
Head South on Thames Street
Stop 8: Puffins
Continue South on Thames Street to Water Taxi Landing.
Water Taxi Schedule
Groton Bank Day Water Taxi Schedule June 8, 2019 ONLY
Generously sponsored by Electric Boat
This boat is free of charge and will run back and forth across the Thames River from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturday, June 8, 2019.
Board at either:
Thames River Landing (corner of Fort & Thames Street) in Groton; or
City Pier in New London
Please note that you will be required to disembark at the end of each crossing. It is expected that the ferry will dock approximately every 15 minutes.
Many sites have limited parking in their vicinity, but the there are two parking lots to note.
• Corner of Latham and Thames Street. This lot has 12-14 spots.
• Groton Congregational Church. Also has a small lot and side street parking.
There is free parking along Thames Street and in front of Fort Griswold.
You may also park along the side of any road, but please do not block driveways or hydrants, or prevent the traffic from getting through.
Art on Groton Bank: Supreme Hot Dogs Food Truck serving hot dogs and other summer treats at Bill Memorial Library.
Water Taxi Dock: Mint Leaf Indian Cuisine food truck will be stationed at the Groton Water Taxi landing near the corner of Thames & Fort Streets.
Avery-Copp House: Lemonade & Ice Tea. Bridge Market Pizza Truck starting at noon.
Sub Vets: Ice Cream, frozen treats
Groton Congregational Church: Walking Chili Bags
Fort Griswold Museum: Freshly popped popcorn, cold bottled water
Paul’s Pasta Shop – homemade pasta and delicious Italian food. 223 Thames Street, 860-445-5276.
Dog Friendly sites
Water Taxi: Dogs are welcome on the Water Taxi.
Fort Griswold: Leashed dogs are welcome to walk at Fort Griswold.
Avery-Copp House: Dogs are welcome on the museum grounds.
Bill Memorial Library: A dog friendly library.
Art on Groton Bank: Dogs welcome.
Full service: Fort Griswold
Portable Toilets: Water Taxi Landing Sub Vets Memorial