Williams' Wide World

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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."