1. See Finding Dory in Theaters
This much-anticipated sequel to Finding Nemo comes out June 17. The forgetful
blue fish Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) must go on a quest with clownfish Nemo and
Marlin (Albert Brooks) to track down her mother.
2. Celebrate National Ice Cream Day
National Ice Cream Day is July 17 this year. Celebrate with your taste buds at
Cows & Cones in Gales Ferry by ordering flavors like Reese’s Pieces, cookie
dough or classic vanilla. They are open from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. during the
3. Have a Beach Day
Spend a day soaking up the rays at Ocean Beach Park in New London (parking fee: $22, weekends; $17, weekdays) or Rocky Neck ($13 parking fee). The summer
of 2016 is forecasted to be the hottest on record, so make sure you take
advantage of it!
4. Go to the Mystic Aquarium or Mystic Village
Before you see Finding Dory, spot some penguins, sea lions and Beluga whales!
Or window shop at Mystic Village. With more than 30 local shops — from fudge at
Franklin’s to homemade honey at Sticky Situations — there’s something for
5. Visit the Local Art Scene
More specifically, the Hygienic Art Gallery in New London. Their new gallery,
Free Range, is open from May 28 to June 25. You can view the exhibit from 11
a.m. to 3 p.m. most weekdays, and 6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
6. Eat at a Food Truck
From June 18 to Aug. 6, New London will be hosting more than 10 food trucks
from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on their waterfront. Get a snack from thecupcake
truck, cannoli truck or kettle corn truck.
7. Have a Friend Date
Gather up all your friends for a friendship date over the summer. Go to the
movies together, pack a picnic or go to an amusement park. It’s the perfect
reason to spend time as a group before parting ways over the summer.
8. Pick Berries at Holmberg’s
Make memories picking berries at Holmberg Orchards in Gales Ferry this
summer. Raspberries are in season from June until August and the blueberry
and peach picking season both start in July.
9. Go Kayaking at Bluff Point
Launch a rented kayak or canoe at Bluff Point this summer vacation! The boat
launch is shallow, making it the ideal location for a beginner. Take in the
picturesque sights and sounds as you paddle along. Dock your kayak at the sand
bar across the way to rest at your own private and secluded beach.
10. Watch the Fireworks
Make an effort to go to a fireworks show this July. Sailfest is July 8-10 this year
in New London and there will also be a local fireworks show in Groton at Fort
Griswold July 11.
Leah Sheltry, Assistant Editor-in-Chief
Senior Leah Sheltry is the Assistant Editor-in-Chief of the 2015-2016 Colonel. She is the secretary of Youth United for Global Action and Awareness (YUGA) Club and is on the swim team. She will attend Lasell College to study Fashion Communication & Promotion next fall.