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Address: Pequot Avenue, New London, CT
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White lighthouse typical to the New England coastline.

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Nice quick stop - Historic Lighthouse.

Now somewhat open to the public. Soon a dock will be set up for those with boats. I look forward to coming back. Now visits need to be planned due to some issues with neighbours.

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 21, 2015
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English first
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

Now somewhat open to the public. Soon a dock will be set up for those with boats. I look forward to coming back. Now visits need to be planned due to some issues with neighbours.

Thank brynulf
Gales Ferry, CT
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268 reviews
92 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

Still an active lighthouse, owned by the Maritime Historical Society (along with Ledge Light and Race Rock Light). Recently restored, but limited land access due to squabbles with the privately owned Keepers House. Best viewed from the water.

Thank oompahdave
Dover, New Hampshire
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634 reviews
275 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1,958 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

This was a revisit for me. It was a first visit for my friend. See my November 2013 review for lighthouse history, stats, and damage from Supertstorm Sandy, plus tips for viewing and photographing this lighthouse that’s on private grounds on Pequot Avenue. The old sign with the unenforceable edict of "NO PHOTOS" has been removed. As a member of... More 

5 Thank Maurene_K
Boston, Massachusetts
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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.

1 Thank KristinPI
Alexandria, VA
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1,023 reviews
487 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 391 helpful votes
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 

Thank jeffl499
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 

Thank Custom150
Dover, New Hampshire
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634 reviews
275 attraction reviews
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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 

2 Thank Maurene_K
Elmwood Park, 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 

Thank QuentB
Rocky Mount, North Carolina
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18 reviews
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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 

1 Thank cutigerman11
Dallas, Texas
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253 reviews
93 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 164 helpful votes
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 

2 Thank wolfie_n

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