Fort Trumbull State Park


Bathrooms, Conference Center, Fishing Pier, Onsite & On-street Parking, Visitor Center, Waterfront Walk

Fort Trumbull State Park
Fort Trumbull State Park, New London

The Fort

Built from 1839 - 1852, the fortification is one of a group of 42 forts which were constructed for the defense of the coast of the United States, and for defense of the harbors they guarded.  This group of forts became known as the Third System of Fortifications.  Fort Trumbull is unique in the "Third System" because of the Egyptian Revival features incorporated in the architectural design.  The Fort is a wonderful example of its era, a masterpiece in stonework and masonry.  The Fort contains informative markers and displays, a touchable cannon and artillery crew display, and gun emplacements.  The fort interior features 19th Century restored living quarters, a mock laboratory, and a 1950's era office furnished to resemble a research and development lab at the facility.  The public also has access to the ramparts for a spectacular view of the New London Harbor.

Fort Hours:

The Fort is closed between Labor Day and Memorial Day Weekends. 

Seasonal Operating Hours:

Beginning Memorial Day Weekend until late June, the Fort is open weekends only.  Beginning late June, through Labor Day Weekend, the Fort is open Wednesday through Sunday.  Operating hours are from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Visitor Center

Fort Trumbull Visitor CenterThe Center contains 3-D models, extensive graphics and text panels.  This one of a kind center depicts over 225 years of military history and technological advances from the Revolutionary War to the Cold War.  Some of the main themes of the Visitor Center are the September 6, 1781 attack by the British under the command of Benedict Arnold, the U-boat menace during World War II, and the anti-submarine efforts during the Cold War.

Visitor Center Hours:

The Center is closed between Labor Day and Memorial Day Weekend.

Beginning Memorial Day Weekend through late June, the Visitor Center is open weekends only.  From Late June through Labor Day Weekend, the Visitor Center is open Wednesday through Sunday from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. for self-guided tours. 

The last ticket for entry is issued at 4:00 p.m.


Content Last Updated August 2022