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“Great views & a lot of history”

Fort Trumbull State Park
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Ranked #3 of 38 things to do in New London
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Reviewed 8 May 2017

Fort Trumbull is rich with history. Though none of the original fortifications from the Revolutionary War still stand, there is one blockhouse that does date back to 1786. The current fort was built between 1839 and 1852 and much of it has been beautifully restored. The grounds themselves are beautiful. Over the years, Fort Trumbull was used in different ways. From 1915 through 1932, it was the home of the Revenue Cutter Service Academy which became the Coast Guard Academy, and, in fact, the Coast Guard training ship, the Barque Eagle, can be seen three or four times a year docked at Fort Trumbull. From 1939 through 1946, Fort Trumbull was used for the Maritime Officers Training School and graduated over 15,000 maritime officers. This school was transferred to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. During the latter years of World War II, Fort Trumbull became home to a variety of programs for the submarine fleet, including the Naval Underwater Sound Laboratory. The programs in different forms were active until 1996, when Fort Trumbull was closed. The State of Connecticut subsequently restored the property and in January 2000, Fort Trumbull became a state park. Located throughout the park are several memorials that are dedicated to the U.S. Maritime Service & its training mission, as well as a memorial to a pioneer steamboat captain, Capt. Moses Rogers, who died in 1821.

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Reviewed 27 April 2017

Fort Trumbull has history, massive lawns and great views of the Thames River in New London. Visit the structure, have a picnic, fish off the pier and enjoy the view. There is a visitor center, a tour of the fort ($) and the Friends of Ft Trumbull have a gift shop open during the season - May through October. It is a wonderful location to watch the fireworks during Sailfest too! It is a terrific walk with a view.

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Reviewed 13 April 2017

I've lived in the area a long time but really hadn't explored Fort Trumbull. It's fascinating. It has so much history! The rooms inside the Fort have been newly reorganized. There is a fee for the Visitor's Center but definitely worth it. Be sure to get to the top of the ramparts for the best bird's eye view of the Thames River.

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Reviewed 17 January 2017

Well worth a visit. Located on the banks of the Thames River with wonderful views of Long Island Sound and Electric Boat. Great place to walk and relax. An imposing fortress with a long history. Bring your camera, dog on a leash and enjoy. The actual Fort is closed after Labor Day but is still open for viewing from the wide open grounds.

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Reviewed 1 December 2016 via mobile

The fort was closed for the season but were able to walk around the grounds. The fort is still intact and the area around the fort is a nice little walk.

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