Norwich is a historic city in New London County, Connecticut, where three rivers meet before flowing out from the scenic harbor as the Thames River, which empties into the ocean at Long Island Sound. A great place to start exploring this fascinating historic town is the Leffingwell House Museum and The Slater Memorial Museum which has a magnificent collection of sculptures and paintings from the 17th to 19th centuries. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.Slater Memorial Museum
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The J. F. Slater Memorial Museum is an art museum located in a historic building built in 1885 on the grounds of the Norwich Free Academy in Norwich, Connecticut. Designed in the Richardsonian Romanesque style, it is considered the finest work of architect Stephen C. Earle. It is part of the Chelsea Parade Historic District. The museum has a collection of plaster casts of famous Egyptian, Roman, Greek, and Renaissance statues. It also exhibits 18th to 20th century American paintings and decorative arts, 17th to 19th century European paintings and decorative arts, colonial historic artifacts, sculptures from Africa and Oceania, and Native American artifacts. The attached Converse Art Gallery organizes six new exhibitions every year. The museum was gifted to the Norwich Free Academy by William A. Slater, son of John Fox Slater.
108 Crescent St, Norwich, CT 06360-3556
2.Dodd Stadium, Norwich, Connecticut
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Senator Thomas J. Dodd Memorial Stadium is primarily a baseball stadium in Norwich, Connecticut. In 2010 it became the home of the Connecticut Tigers, the New York–Penn League. Until 2009 it was the home field of the Connecticut Defenders minor league baseball team. After that, the Defenders moved to Richmond, Virginia, and became the Richmond Flying Squirrels. Dodd Stadium was built in 1995 and can seat more than 6,270 spectators. It got its name from Thomas Dodd, a United States Senator and Representative from Connecticut. Dodd Stadium hosted the 12th and final Double-A All-Star Game in 2002. After that the three AA leagues started holding their own separate All-Star Games. The stadium has also hosted the New England Collegiate All-Star Game, the Big East Conference Baseball Tournament, a TNA Wrestling event, and several concerts including from Willie Nelson, the Beach Boys and Bob Dylan.
14 Stott Ave, Norwich, CT 06360
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3.Leffingwell House Museum, Norwich, CT
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Built around 1675, what is today the Leffingwell House Museum was one of the finest examples of New England colonial architecture. It was built as the elegant home of a Norwich Patriot who, with his family, lived in it until 1776. The house shows the architectural development typical to Connecticut. Originally a two-room home, it eventually evolved into a typical pre-Revolutionary tavern. Today a house museum, it is filled with a diverse assortment of objects that show its architectural evolution. The objects date from the founding of Norwich in 1659 through the Civil War, and clearly evoke the lifestyle of early America. The museum is open to the public on Saturdays, April through October.
348 Washington St, Norwich, CT 06360, Phone: 860-889-9440
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4.Norwichtown Historic Cemetery, Norwich, CT
Anyone fascinated with old cemeteries would enjoy a tour of the beautifully maintained grounds of Norwichtown Cemetery. Located on Old Cemetery Lane, the Norwichtown Cemetery was officially established in 1715, but it contains a number of older graves. The two sections of the cemetery are connected by a small bridge. Almost 70 Revolutionary War veterans are buried in the cemetery. Some of the more famous names are the mother of Benedict Arnold and signer of the Declaration of Independence Samuel Huntington. General Jedediah Huntington is also buried in Norwichtown. While not all of people buried in the cemetery were famous, visiting their graves is nevertheless interesting. For those interested in ghost hunting, the town conducts haunted tours of Norwichtown in the fall.
W Town St, Norwich, CT 06360, Phone: 860-823-3759
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5.Yantic Falls, Norwich, Connecticut
Located in the industrial part of Norwich, Connecticut, Yantic Falls are 40 feet high at the main plunge below the dam. While dammed, the falls are mostly natural. After the falls, the Yantic River runs through a narrow, beautiful gorge before ending with a descent into a large pool. Above the falls, there is a pedestrian bridge and a railroad bridge. The pedestrian bridge is also a good observation point. According to the legend, in the 1640s, Yantic Falls was a favorite camping ground for the Mohegan Native Americans. During a battle against the Narragansetts, a major rival tribe, a group of Narragansetts jumped into the Yantic River rather than surrender to the Mohegans. The Yantic Falls were instrumental in industrial development in Norwich. Waterpower in this area was used for a grist mill in the 1600s by John Elderkin, and later industries used it for making paper, cotton and nails.
210 Yantic St, Norwich, CT 06360-4210
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6.Norwich Arts Center, Norwich, Connecticut
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The Norwich Arts Center was originally established in 1987 by a group of local artists and art lovers as the Norwich Arts Council. Their inspiration came from the region’s vast cultural possibilities. Today, the center’s mission is to provide affordable programming in a range of arts. The programs aim to reflect the rich diversity of the area and increase the residents’ arts appreciation. The center, located in a historic building in downtown Norwich, has two galleries on the first floor, the offices of the NGO that runs the center on the second floor, and the 134-seat Donald L. Oat Theater on the third floor. The theater offers community theater productions, live concerts, and other events. The center is run by volunteers and is not for profit. The visit to the galleries is free of charge and the tickets to the theater are always affordable and their cost depends on the type of production.
60 Broadway, Norwich, CT 06360, Phone: 860-887-2789
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7.Marina at American Wharf, Norwich, Connecticut
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Founded in 1988 at the waterfront of Norwich’s downtown, the Marina at American Wharf is located at the confluence of the Yantic and Thames rivers and provides a lively social gathering place and access to the boaters to the Connecticut’s major attractions. The 200-slip marina offers modern dockage and a complete range of services to all boats, from fishing and recreational boats to luxury yachts, seasonal and transient. The marina can accommodate vessels up to 200 feet in length and offers not only a full-service marina but also a facility for all kinds of social events, a swimming pool, a restaurant, and more. Since 1988, the Marina at American Wharf has been hosting the traditional annual Norwich July 4th Extravaganza and fireworks display.
1 American Wharf, Norwich, CT 06360, Phone: 860-886-6363
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8.Chestnut Street Playhouse, Norwich, Connecticut
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Chestnut Street Playhouse is a 67-seat black-box theater located in downtown Norwich, Connecticut. Chestnut Street Playhouse is the town’s place for entertainment, education, and live arts. This tiny, intimate professional black-box theater specializes in producing high-quality innovative, off-Broadway, and regional theater productions with a particular focus on new works. The playhouse is located in the former Central Fire Headquarters building, an exquisite Queen Anne style house. When the fire house was converted to the Chestnut Street Playhouse in 2000, it continued to be a crucial part of the Norwich community by providing high-quality entertainment at an affordable price.
24 Chestnut St, Norwich, CT 06360, Phone: 860-886-2378
9.Lazizah Bake Shop, Norwich, Connecticut
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Lazizah Bakery is a hidden jewel of cafe located in quaint Yantic Village at the northern end of Norwich, Connecticut. This eight-year-old spot serves authentic Lebanese and Mediterranean dishes made with the best ingredients and fresh vegetables from local, mostly organic farms. Their healthy and nutritious soups and fresh breads made every day from scratch are legendary. Lebanese native Iffat Salahi uses family recipes to produce delicious falafel, tabbouleh, baba ghannuj, and other Middle Eastern traditional dishes in her tiny bakery and market. Try the chicken and sweet potato soup flavored with chipotle, it will warm your soul, but do not leave the place without at least one piece of the baklava. Layers upon layers of flaky, transparent-thin phyllo sheets hold combinations of nuts and sweet syrups and every Mediterranean country has its own special kind. You will have to try them all to know for sure which one you like best.
125 Yantic Road, Yantic, CT 06360, Phone: 860-889-2542
10.These Guys Brewing Company, Norwich, CT
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Located in an 1883 building in downtown Norwich that was once a saloon, These Guys Brewing Company is ready to start brewing their own beer, once they get all the permits. They did a beautiful job renovating the old building, keeping as much as they could, such as antique tin panels on the walls and ceiling. Industrial style lights hang from the ceiling, creating a wonderful cozy atmosphere. All the machinery is ready to start brewing in one part of the building and in the other is a lively pub serving unexpectedly good pub grub, an extensive selection of craft beers with many beers not easy to find anywhere else in the region, and plenty of house cocktails. The menu is extensive and includes such delights as a burger with bacon jam, lobster mac and cheese, and a stout onion soup.
78 Franklin St, Norwich, CT 06360, Phone: 860-949-8550
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11.Philly's, Norwich, CT
You can take a guy out of Philadelphia but you can’t take Philadelphia out of him. When Shem Adams moved out of Philly to Connecticut, he missed his proper Philly steak sandwiches so much that he decided that he had to make them himself. He opened a small, unpretentious shop in Norwich and started churning out such amazing concoctions that his Phillys were declared the best sandwiches in the country several years in a row. The Doctor is just one of his designer cheesesteak options: Minced, all-star rib eye steak, chopped Spanish onions, and All-American Cheese Whiz in a Philly roll. They also serve great hoagies, fries, and snacks.
33 Sherman St, Norwich, CT 06360, Phone: 860-886-9449
12.Illiano's Grill, Norwich, Connecticut
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Illiano’s Grill in the village of Yantic at the north end of Norwich, Connecticut, is a family-owned Italian restaurant that has been serving authentic Southern Italian cuisine since 1997. Their secret is simple: They use only the best ingredients such as high-quality mozzarella on top of their thin-crust brick oven pizzas and fresh seafood for their all-favorite flounder Florentine. All of their dishes are made to order, from pizza and pasta to fresh salads, soups, and gourmet Italian classics. It is great place to bring a family for a meal, with comfortable, colorful booths and an onsite kids’ playground. They have a seasonal outdoor space for when the weather permits.
257 W Town St, Norwich, CT 06360, Phone: 860-889-6163
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If you have never tasted Peruvian food, Canggio in Norwich, Connecticut, is a great place to start. Peruvian food is a delicious mix of the cuisines of the cultures that landed in Peru throughout history: Spanish, African, Chinese, Japanese, Italian, and other. The main ingredients in most dishes are rice or potatoes, chicken, pork, lamb, and fish with one of the different kinds of Peruvian hot pepper. Canggio’s dining room is bright, pleasant, and cozy, perfect for a family meal, and the extensive menu has something for everyone. Try parihuela, an aji panca (Peruvian red pepper) spiced seafood broth with clams, mussels, crawfish, fish, shrimp, and calamari. Wash it down with a glass of Peruvian wine or wine from anywhere in the world from their great selection. They also serve beer, other spirits, and the local drink pisco, if you are feeling adventurous.
20 Lafayette St, Norwich, CT 06360, Phone: 860-383-4805
14 Best Things to Do in Norwich, Connecticut
- Slater Memorial Museum, Photo: Slater Memorial Museum
- Dodd Stadium, Norwich, Connecticut, Photo: Daniel Thornberg/stock.adobe.com
- Leffingwell House Museum, Norwich, CT, Photo: Leffingwell House Museum
- Norwichtown Historic Cemetery, Norwich, CT, Photo: Caroline/stock.adobe.com
- Yantic Falls, Norwich, Connecticut, Photo: Scott/stock.adobe.com
- Norwich Arts Center, Norwich, Connecticut, Photo: Norwich Arts Center
- Marina at American Wharf, Norwich, Connecticut, Photo: Marina at American Wharf
- Chestnut Street Playhouse, Norwich, Connecticut, Photo: Chestnut Street Playhouse
- Lazizah Bake Shop, Norwich, Connecticut, Photo: Lazizah Bake Shop
- These Guys Brewing Company, Norwich, CT, Photo: These Guys Brewing Company
- Philly's, Norwich, CT, Photo: Philly's
- Illiano's Grill, Norwich, Connecticut, Photo: Illiano's Grill
- Canggio Restaurant, Photo: Canggio Restaurant
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More Ideas: The Spa at Norwich Inn
The inn is located just an hour outside of Hartford, CT, in the historic town of Norwich. It sits on 42 gorgeous acres full of outdoor activity areas, and even a fully-functioning apiary. Visitors find their stay at the Spa at Norwich Inn to be luxurious, but with the comfort of home.
Rooms & Suites
The inn has 100 guest rooms of all shapes and sizes. There are different themes to each, but every room has modern amenities with high-speed Wi-Fi, specialty bath products straight from the resident spa, and a television with cable, movie channels, and pay-per-view options.
The standard rooms guests can rent are:
Country Room with a King Bed – The Country Room with a King Bed can accommodate up to four guests. It includes a king-sized bed in an open bedroom, as well as a living area with a sleeper sofa. The room also offers two flat-screen televisions.
Country Room with a Queen Bed – The Country Room with a Queen Bed can also accommodate up to four guests. It includes a queen-sized bed in an open bedroom, as well as a living area with a sleeper sofa. The room also offers two flat-screen televisions.
Standard Room with a King Bed – This room has a large bed with the basic amenities that come with every room and a spacious seating area.
Standard Room with Two Double Beds – This style of room has all the basic amenities and two double beds.
Standard Room with a Queen Bed – This room has one queen-sized bed and can accommodate two guests. It consists of a flat screen television and a seating area.
For more space, guests can also book one of the inn’s suites:
The Canterbury Suite – This suite offers visitors a private bedroom, a dining area, and an ample living space. The living space includes a king-sized bed and a sleeper sofa for additional guests. This room can accommodate up to four guests.
The Garden Suite – Four guests can comfortably stay in this type of suite. It includes a bedroom with a king-sized bed, a separate living area with a sleeper sofa, and a dining area. There are also two full bathrooms.
The Terrace Suite – This lovely suite can accommodate four guests. It includes a bedroom with a king-sized bed, a separate living area with a sleeper sofa, and a dining area. The bath offers an oversized whirlpool tub. Views of the grounds are available from the attached deck.
The Windsor Suite – This large and luxurious suite has two rooms and can accommodate up to eight guests if an adjoining room is booked. This suite includes a large dining room table, a bar, and a large whirlpool tub. The suite itself contains a king-sized bed and a sleeper sofa, while the option adjoining room includes two double beds.
For a more luxurious experience, guests may also choose to book one of the resort’s villas:
Villa Duplex – These rooms are a two-floor facility with a loft. The duplex includes two queen-sized beds, two full bathrooms, a kitchenette, and a living room. It is also equipped with a fireplace.
Villa Studios – These include a kitchenette, a balcony, and a fireplace. Guests can book either a king-sized bed or two double beds in these villas.
The Spa at Norwich Inn also offers ADA-accessible rooms.
The Spa at Norwich Inn features a slew of dining options for guests to enjoy during their stay.
As the resort’s signature restaurant, Kensington’s at Norwich Inn is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The restaurant features an expansive selection of beverages and dishes, as well as a brunch option on Sundays. Kensington’s also provides a Hauser Chocolatier Truffle Menu.
Ascot’s Pub offers hearty pub fare with a unique flair. Guests can enjoy appetizers, burgers, and chocolate truffles alongside an expansive drink menu. Ascot’s Pub also hosts specialty drink events and live music.
Situated near the Spa, the Juice Bar features healthy snacks, wraps, and freshly blended smoothies. The Terrace Deck offers views of the outdoor pool where guests can enjoy their food.
For a day of rest and relaxation, guests can head to the Norwich Inn’s Spa. Visitors can order a variety of signature massages, body treatments, and facials. Nail services, hair styling, and waxing services are also available at the hotel’s salon. The Spa also offers seasonal treatments using fresh ingredients from the local area to enhance relaxation. Tarot readings and Soul Sessions, which provide spiritual guidance, are also available.
Guests can find the fitness center, steam room, sauna, or the indoor pool within the spa. The fitness center offers private training and a selection of group fitness classes.
Weddings, Reunions & Conference Facilities
The Spa at Norwich Inn’s picturesque location and facilities make it ideal for gatherings of any size.
Available facilities include the Grand Ballroom, which can accommodate up to 250 guests, and the Conservatory, which offers views of the grounds.
Each facility is outfitted with a variety of technological and audio-visual equipment, and catering from the chefs at The Spa at Norwich Inn is available for any event.
Couples can also make their wedding-day dreams come true at The Spa at Norwich Inn. The hotel offers a range of indoor and outdoor venues that are perfect for weddings of any size and aesthetic, including the Grand Ballroom and Ballroom Patio. The resort supplies multiple wedding packages, rentable décor, culinary services, and ceremony coordination by an on-site wedding planner.
607 West Thames Street, Norwich, CT 06360, Phone: 800-275-4772
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