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New London Harbor Light

New London, CT
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Ranked #6 of 19 Attractions in New London
Type: Lighthouses
Description: White lighthouse typical to the New England coastline.
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Boston, Massachusetts
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Having grown up in New London, I was excited to tour this lighthouse once tours became available through the Custom House Maritime Museum. It's great to climb the lighthouse and see the view! Definitely recommend. The lighthouse is very close to a private residence, so you need to be considerate of their privacy.

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Alexandria, VA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

The New London Harbor light is the oldest lighthouse in Connecticut, guiding mariners since the 18th century into the New London-Groton harbor. It has gone through a number of changes since being built, but has maintained its majesty as a tall, white beacon to all boats. The light sits on private land so it not available for climbing, although a... More

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New London, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

New London Maritime Society took ownership of this classic octagonal lighthouse in 2010. In 2014, the stone wall and walkway damaged by Superstorm Sandy were rebuilt in beautiful granite; the lighthouse exterior will be restored over the summer. Tours by land inside the lighthouse (119 steps to the lantern) are available by appointment at the Custom House Maritime Museum, which... More

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Dover, New Hampshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

New London Harbor Lighthouse is located on private land on the west side of New London Harbor’s entrance. Views from Pequot Avenue are obstructed. For unobstructed top-to-bottom views, the lighthouse is best seen from a boat on the river. From land, the closest views are from Pequot Avenue along the beaches south of the lighthouse. Distant full-length views are best... More

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Paterson, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

I initially thought I wasn't able to see this lighthouse at all being on private property as it was listed. However a friend & fellow contributor told me it was possible to see it from Pequot Ave even though it's on private property. So I took the drive over. It's not that far from I-95. 10 minutes or less if... More

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Rocky Mount, North Carolina
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

This now appears to be a private residence. You can drive by it and see it from the road, but you can't go up to it and see it close. There is a sign in the driveway that says it is a private residence and not to enter. It was nice to see it from the road and see the... More

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Dallas, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

At 89 feet, this is the tallest lighthouse in Connecticut. Built in 1801, it is the oldest surviving one in the state, and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Ever since I was a child, it was impossible to see the lighthouse close up. It can be viewed from the street and beach on Pequot Avenue, as well... More

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Branford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

This classic 1801 octagonal lighthouse is the oldest and tallest on Long Island Sound. The guide tells the history, (of which you can learn more back at the Custom House Maritime Museum). From the lantern at the top (up 100+ steps) you can see at least five other lighthouses. Breath-taking!

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