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.

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1.Slater Memorial Museum

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

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2.Dodd Stadium

Dodd Stadium
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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

Leffingwell House Museum
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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

Norwichtown Historic Cemetery
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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

Yantic Falls
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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 Arts Center
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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

Marina at American Wharf
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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

Chestnut Street Playhouse
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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

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9.Lazizah Bake Shop

Lazizah Bake Shop
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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

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10.These Guys Brewing Company

These Guys Brewing Company
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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

Philly's
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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

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12.Illiano's Grill

Illiano's Grill
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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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13.Canggio Restaurant

Canggio Restaurant
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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

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14.HydroFlyNE

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Fascinated by hydroflying? If you live in Norwich or are just visiting, use the opportunity to try this fascinating adrenaline-pumping sport. Let HydroFlyNE give you an unforgettable experience, using their brand new jet skis and brand new flyboards, among the top flyboards in the world. They promise you an almost 100% chance that you will be flying on your first time out. With more than 20 years of experience, you can expect a fun experience in total safety. You will receive detailed instructions and you’ll be in control of the board while the instructors will control the power of the board from the jet ski that the board is attached to. You’ll be able to control the board and all of its movements. You do not even have to know how to swim as the life vest and board will keep you afloat once you are in the water. Just have fun and let HydroFlyNE do the rest.

Norwich, CT 06360

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