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Thames River Heritage Park

  • A collaboration of three towns to shuttle visitors between national and historic sites along the Thames River in southeastern Connecticut
  • Water taxis ferry visitors on the river, and numerous tours and events are offered during the season
  • Participating businesses can offer discounts and promotions to visitors in the Ride & Save program


A unique collaboration of three municipalities (New London, City of Groton, and Town of Groton), the Thames River Heritage Park encompasses nearly 20 national and historic sites along the Thames River in southeastern Connecticut. A seasonal water taxi takes visitors to four “anchor” sites: Fort Trumbull State Park, Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park, the Submarine Force Museum, and the future National Coast Guard Museum on the New London waterfront. The park’s vision is to “connect people, communities, institutions, sites and stories to the historic waterfront and natural landscape of the Thames River Estuary.”

Who’s it for?

Businesses involved in the history of the Thames River region, or those who want to interact with people visiting the region to learn about its history.


To promote, support, and sustain the Thames River Heritage Park, a collection of heritage sites linked by water which capture the history and culture of life along the Thames River.

Resources & Services

Water Taxi

Refurbished surplus Navy utility boats shuttle visitors across the Thames River to see the national and historic sites in the area. Thames River Heritage Park also offers audio, boat, group, and walking tours, along with special events and a set of scavenger hunt “quests.” The water taxis are also available for charter.

Ride & Save

Participating businesses in New London and Groton offer discounts and promotions to water taxi passengers in this program. Businesses receive a Ride & Save decal for their window, and passengers are encouraged to hold onto their pass or ticket to use it throughout the season.


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