Retire in Niantic, CT

Livability Score
54
** The AARP Livability Index scores neighborhoods and communities across the U.S. for the services and amenities that impact your life the most.
** 2014 US census data
Restaurants
1. Brick & Basil Wood Fired Pizza

I brought a rowdy group of Chinese foreign exchange students here for pizza after a thunderstorm cancelled a local baseball game. Upon pulling in, we didn't...

2. Hamilton Market

Kind of found the place by chance, was advised to find a good grinder place whole out here on vacation. Portion sizes are huge, and every thing was very...

3. Cafe Sol

Great little cafe with excellent breakfast and lunch options. A nice patio with a lot of plants, quite a few tables, and umbrellas. Always friendly staff, a...

4. Filomena's

Loved this place! Food, service and atmosphere were excellent! We had the Chicken Francaise. Check them out! http://www.filomenascafe.com/

5. Frosty Treat

Definitely my favorite place to stop for a soft serve cone after a summer day at the beach. I love the shaded outdoor picnic tables. Service is fast and...

Golf
1. Misquamicut Club

Nicest course in Rhode Island. Immaculately maintained and true fast greens. Lots of water views and bunkers. Water in play at a couple holes. Putting...

2. Montauk Downs State Park Golf Course

I absolutely love this golf course. The layout is so so good, and so is the price. Similar to Bethpage State Park, you register your license in the tee time...

3. Fox Hopyard Golf Club

A beautiful setting in a beautiful area with many hills and rock formations. Fairly difficult to play. Definitely a challenge for an intermediate player....

4. Lake of Isles

One of my favorite if not favorite golf course I've ever played. Two course, one private and one public. The staff treats everyone as if they are members,...

5. Saybrook Mini Golf

So beautiful! Right on the water. Nice clean course. We loved it. It is small, but there are some nice benches to sit on while you wait for the people in...

Active
1. Harkness Memorial State Park

Harkness is one of the most beautiful places in Waterford. The grounds are huge, and the walking paths are great. If you go during an event you can get an...

2. JK Kayak

My best friend and I were first timers at kayaking. We booked a groupon for this activity on a whim and we were pleasantly surprised. Joe and Chris did such...

3. Anchor Aquarium Service Inc.

I have been keeping salt water fish and corals for over 25 years. Even had my own retail aquarium store at one time. Noel and Hal of Anchor, really know...

4. Cross Sound Ferry Services

I live close to the ferry and regularly (2x a month) travel back and forth to Long Island. Cross Sound ferry is always well organized and I have never had...

5. McCook Point Beach and Park

Small, but has a ton of character! Cute beach with a raft anchored about 100 ft out. The park has incredible views from the hill. A good walk to the Hole...

Arts
1. Niantic Cinemas

A classic Movie Theater at it's best. There are 6 screens, usually with 1 indie film. There are no lines and when was the last time an evening ticket was...

2. Oasis Pub

Great beer selection. Great atmosphere. It's loud, rowdy, people were playing classic NES games on a projector in the back at one point. Came here with...

3. Psychic Readings By Rose

Stopped by to see Rose yesterday with my friend as we were celebrating Galentine's Day. She was great -- fun to talk to but also very insightful and very...

4. Childrens Museum of Southeastern Connecticut

This was a really fun place to take my 2.5 year old while in town visiting family. My son spent a lot of time playing in the room with the organ and...

5. Divine Wine Emporium

I love coming here. The owner is so kind and helpful. They have an excellent selection and are very knowledgeable.

Shopping
1. Book Barn

This place is magical. A book lover's paradise. I could spend hours and hours here and still not get through everything. Tons of used books across almost...

2. Walmart Supercenter

Always can find parking, usually organized, clean, good food stock, and do a one stop shop here for groceries, home goods, etc so it's extremely...

3. Symmetry Closets

Great service, fast and easy install of a quality product, and better pricing than competition.

4. Book Barn

An amazing place to go if you love books! My friend posted a picture via Instagram showing a sign of "dolla books" so I decided to check out the page...

5. Defender Industries

I called Defender on a part I need for my sailboat. They were out of stock but found a supplier that had it while I was on the line. I appreciate that kind...

Health
1. Alvita Home Care

My experience with Alvita Home Care has gone beyond all my expectations of quality caring; it is exemplary! Descriptors that come to mind in defining this...

2. Kozlowski Orthodontics

Fantastic initial experience with Dr. Kozlowski and his staff. We feel fortunate that we can get this level of expertise in our local area. Will have to...

3. Advanced Eyecare

Staff is very nice, upbeat and professional! Their office is clean and setup with the latest equipment. No complaints!

4. Blissworks Yoga & Healing Arts

Kim's ashtanga classes are awesome. Great instruction, peaceful studio, and only 11 bucks for students.

5. James Robson, DDS

My family has been using Dr. James Robson in East Lyme since moving to CT from NY. He is a skilled professional with a winning personality, skilled staff...

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