The charming seaside village of Niantic, Connecticut is an amazing place to visit or live. With its friendly small town ambience, a tree-lined main street fronting the beach and bunches of eclectic shops and eateries, this hidden Long Island Sound gem is perfect for a romantic weekend getaway or a whole summer of family fun. Check out the details of this quaint town's shops, restaurants and recreational activities on Niantic.com.
From the scenic mile-long boardwalk to the 710 magnificent acres of shore front Rocky Neck State Park, Niantic is a nature-lover’s paradise. Roam miles of wooded trails at the Oswegatchie Hills Nature Preserve while ospreys and bald eagles soar overhead, or just stroll the seaside mile of the Niantic Bay Boardwalk with ice cream cone in hand.
With its scenic shoreline location, Niantic offers a fine collection of public beaches. Families love McCook’s Point Park with its fine facilities, pavilion, playground, two white sand beaches and a summer concert series. Right off Main Street, Hole-in-the-Wall beach offers the perfect spot for swimming and sunbathing right in the heart of town, while Rocky Neck State Park offers hiking, swimming, picnicking and camping just two miles from downtown.
Hike, bike, kayak, golf, canoe, swim and fish. Niantic’s miles of waterfront are idyllic spots to cast a line, explore or just relax and watch the boats sail by. Book a sailing or fishing charter and head out onto the briny deep for a day of breezy good times, or rent a kayak and take a leisurely tour of the river.
Pubs, pizza joints, seafood spots and candy shops line the breezy seaside streets. Hoist a pint at an Irish pub, dig into super fresh seafood or check out some Asian fusion cuisine. If you’d rather cook in, pick up local produce, cheeses and breads at the weekly Niantic Farmers’ Market.
Niantic’s tree lined streets are a treasure trove of unique shops and galleries. You’ll find antique collections, sweet shops, craft stores, funky boutiques and a very intriguing book store, all just steps from the beach.
With its historic seaside small-town vibe, Niantic charms with a full slate of family-friendly events. Perhaps most famous of all is the holiday Parade of Lights, the largest event of its kind in New England. Throughout the year, enjoy foodie festivals, arts nights and patriotic parades.
Local accommodations range from mid-range motels to charming bed-and-breakfasts, summer rentals and camp sites. Immerse yourself in historic splendor overlooking the ocean at the award-winning Inn at Harbor Hill Marina, rent a beachfront cottage for a week (or a month) or choose from among more than 160 campsites just steps from the beach at Rocky Neck State Park.