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Things to do in Waterford

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
National Park
“Amazing beaches, mansion, gardens, open fields, marshland, habitats for all sorts of amazing animals like osprey, deer, piping plover, wild turkeys, owls and more. ”
  • 13 locals recommend
Beach
“OBP has it all, beautiful beach, boardwalk, restaurants, watersides, arcades...great place for the family to go for a day.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Bookshop
“Wonderful, eclectic used book store with goats. That's right. Make sure you go to the main store and not just the smaller downtown offshoot, which is also nice, but has no goats.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Wonderful, old renovated theater in the heart of New London. Check website for events.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Great seafood with a dock view! Informal outdoor seafood restaurant, byob, and sometimes has live entertainment. Don’t forget to get an ice cream after dinner!”
  • 12 locals recommend
Café
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“Great local coffee shop, outdoor deck in summer, try the famous "love salad" ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“A class c mall with Macy's, Penny's, Sears, and Christmas Tree Shop for box stores...if shopping is your thing.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Wings Restaurant
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“Informal bar & grill offering 20+ chicken wing flavors, plus craft beers, billiards & live music. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“At the heart of the local blossoming art movement, this gallery is a great place to begin gallery hopping. Friendly and helpful staff will let you know what local shows are happening. The adjacent Art Park also hosts movie nights, music, theatre and more!”
  • 6 locals recommend
Pub
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“True Celtic Culture, the booths are straight from Ireland. Weekend nights they host live music, mid week they host trivia nights.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Boat or Ferry
“Spend a day over on Block Island, taking the High Speed Ferry from New London. www.goblockisland.com”
  • 5 locals recommend
Museum
“Local art museum. great place to spend a few hours. Be sure to check out the sculptures around the property. they also have great kid programs.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Entertainment
“The Launchpad of American Theater, a nonprofit dedicated to new works and voices for the stage. Programs include the National Playwrights Conference, National Puppetry Conference, and Cabaret & Performance Conference. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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  • 3 locals recommend
Cinema
“Recently remodeled luxury theatre with big reclining easy chairs. Make sure to plan ahead for rainy days or for new releases - their remodel sacrificed the number of available seats for comfort - so get tickets on Fandango or call ahead. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Park
“Get your history on! check out the fort used to defend New London from the British. learn about Benedict Arnold and if you are in luck, tour the Eagle. A beautiful tall ship owned by the US Coast guard and often docked there in summer.”
  • 5 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Seafood Restaurant
“Great seafood with a dock view! Informal outdoor seafood restaurant, byob, and sometimes has live entertainment. Don’t forget to get an ice cream after dinner!”
  • 12 locals recommend
Café
“Great local coffee shop, outdoor deck in summer, try the famous "love salad" ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Wings Restaurant
“Informal bar & grill offering 20+ chicken wing flavors, plus craft beers, billiards & live music. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Pub
“True Celtic Culture, the booths are straight from Ireland. Weekend nights they host live music, mid week they host trivia nights.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“I think Im remembering correctly that they have over 100 beers and ciders on tap. Im not sure how many exactly but its a LONG wall of taps! They have a good basic food menu of burgers and salads - no complaints but nothing spectacular to write about. Lots of seating options for different sized groups including lounge furniture.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“COME AND SEE US AT THE ICONIC, FAMILY OWNED AND OPERATED SINCE 1962: OCEAN PIZZA AND SEAFOOD HOUSE. HANDS DOWN, BEST SEAFOOD AND PIZZA IN AREA! ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Thai Restaurant
“Located in quaint Niantic Village the Spice Club has the area's best Thai food. Large bar and excellent cocktails. Curry, salads, sushi, soups, all excellent.”
  • 2 locals recommend

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