Explore Groton's Neighborhoods
Known for its coastal charm and shipbuilding history, Groton is a multi-faceted community with something for everyone.
Home to a vibrant business environment, Groton is committed to maintaining its enviable quality of life while enhancing its status as the center of commerce and industry in the region.
Learn more about Groton's Districts and Neighborhoods below:
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Like many New England communities, Groton is a patchwork of villages and hamlets, each with its own unique personality and charm.
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US Naval Base
The Submarine Base is home to multiple nuclear-powered submarines as well as training centers for submariners. Nearly 9,000 civilian and military personnel are employed on-base, and support services including shopping, recreation facilities and housing are available. The historic vessel USS Nautilus, the world’s first nuclear-powered submarine, is open for tours.
Extending across the Mystic River into neighboring Stonington, Mystic is linked by a historic bascule-style drawbridge. Characteristic of a historic New England village, Mystic is home to a walkable entertainment district surrounded by neighborhoods of historic homes reminiscent of the area’s peak shipbuilding era. Mystic Aquarium, Mystic Seaport, and Olde Mistick Village are among the many popular destinations located nearby.
The Town’s largest commercial district is situated at the community crossroads along the intersection of Route 1 (Long Hill Road) and Poquonnock Road. Targeted for designation as a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) district, one of the first in the State, Downtown Groton is undergoing an economic transformation from single-use “big box” and “strip” style retail to a modern, mixed-use Town Center.
City of Groton
Originally known as Groton Bank, in 1903 the City of Groton was incorporated as a subdivision of the Town to support the growing shipbuilding business with utilities and city services. Today, about a quarter of the Town’s population lives in this diverse community, alongside General Dynamics Electric Boat, Pfizer Global Research & Development and many other local businesses.
Groton Long Point
This shoreline residential community features a protected small-boat marina, private beaches, and many other recreational amenities. Groton Long Point is located on a peninsula that extends into Fishers Island Sound and is home to many seasonal cottages alongside year-round residences.
This dense community of historic homes and local businesses sits on a small, steep peninsula at the mouth of the Mystic River. With a long tradition of fishing, lobstering and boat-building, Noank Village is the home of multiple seaside lobster shacks and oyster aquaculture operations. Longtime neighborhood residents proudly refer to themselves as "Noankers".