Exploring Groton Long Point
Posted on August 21, 2015
Write-up by Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb.com
Photos courtesy of Melane Larned
Groton Long Point in southeastern Connecticut is about a six minute drive from the University of Connecticut Avery Point branch, where marine science and maritime life is studied. As well, it is located near a popular lobster shack called Abbott’s in Noank.
Until recently that was the extent of my knowledge about this shoreline spot. Then I received some photos of my nieces Michelle and Maryann with their cousin April – & company – enjoying themselves at a beach on Groton Long Point (GLP). I was intrigued by what looked like a lovely area, a corner of the Nutmeg State that I had yet to explore. So a couple weekends ago I decided to do just that – explore it.
Although GLP does have some year round residents it is best described as a “summer community” consisting of a number of private residential sections. According to the GLP Association website, the population swells from late spring to early autumn to about 6,000. Reportedly, the president of Connecticut College has a GLP residence.
Views of the water are beautiful along this beach community situated on a peninsula on Long Island Sound. Part of New London County, GLP was formed in 1894 – 300 acres then incorporated in 1921.
Throughout the summer the GLP Yacht Club offers classes and activities. Despite its small size notes the GLP Association, the community has its own police department, as well as, a year round volunteer fire department, public works department, docks and lagoons.
Near the entrance to the private GLP communities, is a public beach – Esker Point Beach. On the weekend of my exploration a sand volleyball tournament was underway. (Visit https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Sandbox/147127438644961 to view tournament videos). Evening concerts are also held at Esker Point Beach during the summer. And, there are a number of restaurants in the GLP vicinity which make for a nice way to wrap up the day.
Clearly Groton Long Point is another wonderful part of Connecticut, a great place for relaxation and recreation – water sports, bicycling, long walks or catching some rays.