You won’t find much to do in the quaint fishing village of Stonington, and that’s just the point. Folded into the southeastern corner of the state, the port is home to Connecticut’s  last working fishing fleet, which drags for bottom fish, clams, and scallops in surrounding waters.
Previously, the town was an important shipbuilding and trading port, and the collection of historic buildings downtown is one of the finest anywhere.
Stonington achieved brief fame during the War of 1812, when its two 18-pound cannons repelled an attack by five British warships. Nothing quite as exciting as that has happened to the town since; its main trade now is the yachtsmen and tourists who poke around its antiques shops and take advantage of the scenic views along the waterfront.
Marching bands, floats, and even Miss Connecticut turn out for the annual Blessing of the Fleet (Stonington Fishermen’s Dock, 1 High St., Stonington, late July, free), which begins with a parade through downtown and culminates with a clambake on the waterfront and boats moored in the harbor. A Catholic priest is on hand to ensure a safe and successful fishing season.