Plan Your Visit

Parking: 

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 
FREE parking in the Federal Street Parking Lot 
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.
 
Restaurants:

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: 


Thames Club:

Enjoy a delicious meal at the elegant Thames Club, 290 State Street, New London, Saturday evenings before the concert. 5:30 p.m. cocktails, 6 p.m. prix-fixe dinner, $30 per person plus tax and gratuity. Call Nancy Blaire for reservations at 860-443-5504. Look for each concert’s menu on our e-newsletter or Facebook page.

Contact Us:

Eastern Connecticut 
Symphony Orchestra
289 State Street
New London, CT 06320

Phone: 860-443-2876

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The ECSO operates with additional support from the Department of Economic and Community Development, Connecticut Office of the Arts which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.