You may begin your visit to Groton Heights from any of the participating sites. See the map to the right to get a sense of the neighborhood, and where the different sites are. In general, Groton Heights encompasses an area of the City of Groton from Thames Street on the west to Broad Street to the north, North Street to the east, and Allen Street to the south. All Groton Heights Open House Day events are happening within that half square mile!
From I-95 Southbound:
Take exit 87 to Clarence B Sharp Hwy and Meridian St. Turn right on Meridian St, go across Mitchell Street at the light to continue along Monument Street into Groton Heights.
From I-95 Northbound:
As you cross the Gold Star bridge, move to the far right lane and take exit 85 (Thames Street). Keep in the far right lane of the ramp, and turn right at the end, where you’ll merge with Bridge Street. Follow Bridge Street to Thames Street and Groton Heights.
Shuttle bus schedule - August 7, 2021
Please considering parking your car, and taking advantage of our shuttle bus, which will operate on a continuous loop from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Enjoy a narrated tour that will acquaint you with much of the history and sites on Groton Heights.
Here’s the schedule the bus will follow:
1. Fort Griswold Battlefield – Museum Open House; tours of Fort Griswold at 11, 1 and 3. Meet Abby Slocomb portrayer at noon.
2. Groton Monument – Climb 166 steps to the top of the Groton Monument.
3. Groton Congregational Church – Learn about the church’s more than 300 years of history and tour the sanctuary to see our beautiful stained glass windows.
4. Submarine Veterans WWII Memorial – Visit the Wall of Hon-or and the Conning Tower of the USS Flasher. Submarine Veterans will be on site to answer questions.
5. Avery-Copp House-Museum – Museum demonstrations, house tours and children’s activities. Meet a Revolutionary War re-enactor. Dog friendly site.
6. Thames River Landing – Free half hour boat tours. 10:00, 10:45, 11:30, 12:15, 1:00, 1:45. Reservations at thamesriverheritagepark.org
7. Ebenezer Avery House -Enjoy free tours of 18th century house museum.
8. Bill Memorial Library – 11 am—2 pm Annual Book Sale to benefit the Bill Memorial Library of Groton. Books and DVDs for sale include gently used and like new.
Shuttle bus runs continuously, stopping at each site every 20 minutes.
Free Boat Tours
Learn about the history of Groton Heights during a free 30-minute narrated Boat Tour of the Thames River. Seating is limited, so please make your reservations here.
Tours depart from the Thames Landing at the foot of Fort Street. Departure times are 10:00, 10:45, 11:30, 12:15, 1:00, 1:45. Reserve your seat now!
Harbor Cruise Schedule
Many sites have limited parking in their vicinity, but the there are two parking lots to note.
• Corner of Latham and Thames Street. This lot has 12-14 spots.
• Groton Congregational Church. Also has a small lot and side street parking.
There is free parking along Thames Street and in front of Fort Griswold.
You may also park along the side of any road, but please do not block driveways or hydrants, or prevent the traffic from getting through.
Dog Friendly sites
Water Taxi: Dogs are welcome on the Water Taxi.
Fort Griswold: Leashed dogs are welcome to walk at Fort Griswold.
Avery-Copp House: Dogs are welcome on the museum grounds.
Bill Memorial Library: A dog friendly library.
Full service: Fort Griswold
Portable Toilets: Water Taxi Landing Sub Vets Memorial
Fort Griswold Battlefield: Par 4 Curbside Catering food truck will be parked at the corner of Monument Street and Park Avenue from 11 am to 2 pm.