Local Area Attractions Near Niantic / I-95 Exit 72 KOA Journey
Niantic KOA with its unmatched beach access as well as over 20 GREAT Attractions listed below most of which are less then 30 minutes but none more than a 60 minute drive from the park. No matter what mother nature throws at us there is always something to do. Plan to spend anywhere from a weekend to a month and you won't run out of GREAT things to do
Discover East Lyme
Niantic is in the town of East Lyme, CT. A quaint seaside village community on the beautiful Connecticut shoreline, East Lyme is located just 20 minutes south of Mystic and has much to offer visitors to the town. Unique shops, great restaurants, a mile-long Boardwalk overlooking beautiful Long Island Sound, and special events throughout the year are just some of the reasons to visit.
Conveniently located, East Lyme is easy to get to and is a perfect place to spend the day or a weekend away. If you're in the area, come "Discover East Lyme" and see for yourself just what makes this community such a great place to visit, play and live!
McCook Point Beach and Park
Overlooking Niantic Bay, McCook Point Park was acquired by the Town of East Lyme in 1953 for the "benefit and enjoyment of the Town and its citizens". Since that time, it has been a central part of life in East Lyme.The park consists of a beautiful bluff between two white, sandy beaches. On the bluff, where the McCook summer home once stood, is a green lawn shaded by copper beeches, perfect for picnics, games or quiet contemplation.From the Point, you can see Fisher's Island, Plum Island, and Orient Point across Long Island Sound. Closer at hand, there's Wigwam Rock. Throughout the seasons of the year, the Bay is alive with fishing boats, sailboats, migrating and resident birds, and even seals. McCook Point beach, on the west side of the bluff, and Hole-in-the-Wall beach, to the east, provide plenty of room for sunbathing and swimming. Concerts and dances are held in the park throughout the summer.McCook Point Park and Beach is open year-round. However from Memorial Day to Labor Day beach passes are required for access. THESE PASSES ARE FREE FROM THE CAMPGROUND OFFICE (Security deposit required)
Niantic Bay Boardwalk
The town of East Lyme features one of, if not, the nicest waterfront walkways in the entire state of Connecticut. Residents of East Lyme know, the Niantic Bay Boardwalk is the place to go if you want to take in the beauty of Long Island Sound, take a refreshing walk or sit for awhile on one of the many benches.Built with state and federal funds, the Boardwalk is 1.1 miles long, stretching from Cini Park and the railroad bridge on the east, to Hole-in-the-Wall beach on the west. There is complimentary parking at either end.The eastern half is a true "boardwalk" (although built of synthetic materials) crossing over dunes covered with native vegetation. Between this section and the waters of Long Island Sound is a lovely white-sand beach, open to the public, perfect for sunbathing, swimming, picnicking, fishing, or just enjoying the view. The western half of the boardwalk is a wide gravel path, built on a rock foundation. Along this section, the waves lap against the rocks, and you feel truly close to nature as you walk along. Don't be surprised if you spot a seal or two swimming in the Bay! This section has sustained some damage in recent storms, and is undergoing maintenance, but it is still open to the public.When you're through with your walk, take a stroll down Niantic's Main Street, where you can browse through the quaint boutiques and shops or stop for a bite to eat at one of East Lyme's great restaurants.
Hole in the Wall Beach
Hole-in-the-Wall Beach is part of McCook's Point Park, a Town of East Lyme park. Its white-sand beach slopes gently to a swimming area sheltered on the east by a stone jetty, and on the west by McCook's Point itself. During the summer, a lifeguard is present during the day.Parking for Hole-in-the-Wall Beach is available on Baptist Lane, off Niantic's Main Street (Route 156). From Memorial Day to Labor Day, passes are required. FREE PASSES AVAILABLE FROM THE CAMPGROUND OFFICE.(SECURITY DEPOSIT required)The beach is accessed through a short tunnel under the railroad tracks, the source of the beach's name. To the left, as you emerge from this tunnel, you will see the western entrance to the Niantic Bay Boardwalk. In front of you is a breathtaking view of Long Island Sound. The beach is to your right.
Black Hawk Charter Fishing
The Black Hawk was specifically custom built for the party boat fishing industry. Powered by twin 750 horse power diesels, she's one of the fastest boats of her kind in New England. With Raymarine Electronics as a sponsor, the Black Hawk is fully equipped and ready to go…from the side scanning sonar units to the twin 72 mile radars. She is Coast Guard inspected every year and is impeccably maintained throughout for your safety and enjoyment.Fast, Clean and Comfortable– The Black Hawk is a cut above the ordinary fishing boat. Come see why we were voted South Eastern Connecticut's Number ONE Party Boat!The Black Hawk is run by Capt. Greg Dubrule, who has more than 40 years of experience in the fishing business. Together with his family, he strives to make your experience on board the best it can possibly be. If there is anything we can do to make your trip with us even better, please don't hesitate to let us know.The Black Hawk Captains and crew believes that our customers' needs are of the utmost importance. Our entire team is committed to meeting those needs. As a result, a high percentage of our business is from repeat customers and referrals.We would welcome the opportunity to earn your trust and deliver you the best service in the industry
Local Area Recreation Near Niantic / I-95 Exit 72 KOA Journey
Free Passes to McCook Point Park
This is the beach for families as you can park literally 12 inches from the sand or in the upper park section with playgrounds, picnic tables, charcoal grills and a large field overlooking both McCook and Hole in the Wall Beaches. Get your FREE Pass for parking at the office. (refundable security deposit required)
Niantic, CT 06357
Free passes to Cini Park Beach
This is the beach for boaters, kayakers and canoes. Watch the fishing boats come in with the days catch. Play some beach volleyball, walk the boardwalk or just lay on the beach and soak up the sun. This is the largest beach
30 Main St
Niantic, CT 06357
Free Passes to Hole in the Wall Beach
This beach is great if you want to explore downtown as the parking lot is located in the downtown area or walk the 1.1 Mile Niantic Bay Boardwalk. This is the smallest of the 3 beaches and located between McCook and Cini Park.
4 Baptist Lane
Niantic, CT 06357
Charter Fishing & Special Cruises Aboard The Sunbeam Fleet
For over 75 years, Captain John's Sport Fishing Center has been family owned and operated. Through 4 generations, Captain John's has housed the Sunbeam Fleet at its home in Waterford, Connecticut. With 4 boats currently in the fleet, the Sunbeam Fleet can accommodate groups from 1-40 passengers. We offer your usual Private Charters and Public Fishing as well as unique trips such as Burial at Sea, Fireworks Cruises, and more!
Charter Fishing and Special Cruises Aboard the Black Hawk 2
The Black Hawk was specifically custom built for the party boat fishing industry. Powered by twin 750 horse power diesels, she's one of the fastest boats of her kind in New England. With Raymarine Electronics as a sponsor, the Black Hawk is fully equipped and ready to go…from the side-scanning sonar units to the twin 72-mile radars. She is Coast Guard inspected every year and is impeccably maintained throughout for your safety and enjoyment.Fast, Clean and Comfortable– The Black Hawk is a cut above the ordinary fishing boat. Come see why we were voted South Eastern Connecticut's Number ONE Party Boat!The Black Hawk is run by Capt. Greg Dubrule, who has more than 40 years of experience in the fishing business. Together with his family, he strives to make your experience on board the best it can possibly be. If there is anything we can do to make your trip with us even better, please don't hesitate to let us know.