The Williams School's home in Greater New London is a fantastic setting for culture, activities and fun. We heartily encourage our students, parents and faculty to explore the world of opportunities in Williams' own "backyard!"
Lyman Allyn Art Museum: our "next door neighbor" is a world class, community-based art museum offering a wide range of family-friendly programs and classes as well as lectures and other events.
Connecticut College Arboretum: As explained on the Connecticut College website: "Including the campus itself, the Arboretum encompasses approximately 750
acres of preserved open space in southeastern Connecticut. Once a farm
surrounded by woodlands, the Arboretum offers visitors a chance to
explore a diverse collection of natives and botanicals, to watch a show
at the outdoor Flock Theater, or to just simply wander and enjoy the beauty of this precious natural resource."
U.S. Coast Guard Academy Leamy Hall: All performances of the U.S. Coast Guard Band at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy (across the street from Williams) are free and open to the public; no ticket required.
Garde Arts Center: Centered in the 1,472-seat Garde Theatre, "one of the few remaining historic
movie palaces in Connecticut," this local treasure brings fantastic performances and programs to the area throughout the year.
Hygienic Art Gallery: Listed on the National Register of Historic
Buildings, in 1996 the building that housed the Hygienic Restaurant was
slated for demolition. A statewide grassroots saved the building, which re-opened in January of 2000 for the 21st annual Hygienic
Art Exhibition and stands as a testimony to community activism.
Hygienic Art exists today as one of New London's premier community
development projects and fine arts venue.
New London Main Street: "New London's Historic Waterfront District is the hub of creative energy
that gives the city its Top Ten rating among creative communities of its
size in America. Art, music, and design venues, one-of-a-kind
boutiques, and over 30 eateries populate this 26-block National Register
Historic District in New London, CT. Nathan Hale, Benedict Arnold, and
Eugene O'Neill walked these streets. America's greatest architects left
their mark in these buildings. From the collection of Tiffany glass
windows in its cathedral to the country's oldest operating courthouse
and custom house, to the quirky shops and plentiful entertainment, New
London, CT is a great place to be."