The shore village of Niantic, where Main Street meets the Sound

The shore village of Niantic is the only community in Connecticut where Main Street runs parallel to the Long Island Sound.

News 12 Staff

Jun 4, 2020, 4:23 PM

Updated 1,409 days ago

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The shore village of Niantic is the only community in Connecticut where Main Street runs parallel to the Long Island Sound.
It's small town feel, that has a little bit of everything for everyone.
It's easy to get to Niantic from everywhere in Connecticut, and it's conveniently located right off I-95, First Selectman Mark Nickerson, says.
"It originated as a small fishing village, and a little commerce town, but kind of remains that way," Historian Rod McCauley says.
There are lots of small shops, and lots of restaurants.
Niantic has a pizza place in town, and one of their claims to fame is even a foot-long hotdog.
"I guess it's the longest in New England is what they say," Nickerson says.
The town also has a bookstore called "The Book Barn," and various other attractions and shops in town which provide a nice place to hang out.
Main Street features ice cream shops and food spots and, of course, the ocean is only 100 yards away where the Hole in The Wall Beach provides a nice scenic backdrop.
"You can literally breathe in the salt air, walk on the mile long boardwalk, and enjoy the sea view. It's a beautiful expanse with calm waters. You see a lot of Jet Skis, a lot of kayakers, canoes, and all sorts of nice waterborne activity out on the Niantic River," Nickerson says.
There are even three historic houses in town. The Thomas Lee House was built in the late 1600s, and McCauley says it may be the oldest existing wooden structure left in Connecticut.
"We've got the Sam Smith House and the Brookside Farm Museum, and if you think about it, the fact that these places have survived is very special. It makes you think about where we came from and the lives of the people that came before us," McCauley says.
 


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