The Niantic Bay Boardwalk is a free waterfront walkway on a portion of the Niantic shoreline. Free parking for the boardwalk can be found near the bridge that connects Niantic to Waterford. During the summer months the boardwalk is almost always full of people walking or running. From the boardwalk you can also walk along the sandy beach or take a dip in the Long Island Sound to cool off. There is no lifeguard on duty at this beach so be sure to be careful and avoid the water if there are any riptides or strong currents. After a bad storm that damaged the boardwalk a few years ago, much of the boardwalk has been rebuilt and is better than ever.
The Book Barn is a local hotspot in East Lyme, Connecticut and they've recently expanded the used book shop to several more locations in East Lyme and Niantic. The Niantic Book Barn, located on Main Street, is jam packed with reasonably priced used books and movies. If you are looking for something in particular be sure to head straight to the incredibly knowledgeable staff. The downtown Book Barn has a wide selection of used books in the fields of philosophy, classics, computers and technology, cooking, math, mythology, music and more. The Book Barn also accepts books and movies that are in good condition.
Crescent Beach is a relaxing, yet small beach in Niantic, Connecticut. The beach generally has a lifeguard on duty in the summer. Stop by the Crescent Beach Food Stand if you are looking for a quick snack without having to get fully changed out of your swimsuit. There is no parking at this beach, so it is best walked to from a surrounding house, hotel, or another adjacent beach. Traffic in this part of Niantic is minimal and walking from the Niantic Bay Boardwalk through Hole in the Wall Beach, and McCooks Point Beach and Park is a nice, more than a mile walk. It is especially nice when you stop for a meal or snack at the Crescent Beach Food Stand before walking back to where you began.