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Sheffield Island Lighthouse

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Address: 4 North Water Street, Seaport Dock, Norwalk, CT 06854
Phone Number: +1 203-838-9444
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The Norwalk Seaport Association has owned, restored and maintained...

The Norwalk Seaport Association has owned, restored and maintained Sheffield Island Lighthouse since 1986 and is the official U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Friends group for the Norwalk Islands.Sheffield Island with its historic 145-year-old lighthouse, beaches and wildlife refuge offers abundant summer fun for visitors. From May through September, visitors can board the Seaport Association's 45-foot C.J. Toth catamaran for a cruise to the island then tour the lighthouse, observe wildlife in their natural habitat in the Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge, hunt for shells along the beach, dine on a picnic lunch, play on the lawns around the lighthouse and just have a good time. The lighthouse tower provides magnificent views of Long Island Sound and, on a clear day, of the New York City skyline. Join us for one of the most exciting tours that the Norwalk Harbor Islands area has to offer! During this unforgettable adventure tour of Sheffield Island and Lighthouse, you'll step directly from the boat into the past.

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Great way toThe send a day

The trip out is enjoyable as you pass old estates and many islands. when you arrive you will be taken buy the historic nature of the Lighthouse and surrounding building. Picnic... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Roger S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The trip out is enjoyable as you pass old estates and many islands. when you arrive you will be taken buy the historic nature of the Lighthouse and surrounding building. Picnic areas are available so bring the goodies. Make sure you take a tour of the lighthouse and enjoy a nature walk on the island.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015

Great day trip on Norwalk River to visit history of our water travelers of the past & present. Ferry ride to the island with picnic tables and tour of the lighthouse.

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Thank Katherine G
Norwalk, Connecticut, USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

We had a lovely tour of the Sheffield Island Lighthouse this summer. Took the ferry over, which was well narrated and then we toured the island. Self-guided walking tour of the island ended with a surprise "Haunted Lighthouse" tour we happened to catch which was a lot of fun...never know who was luring in the corners of the historic old... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

An hour from NYC...so much to see [photographically] and learn from Lighthouse Keeper Jim and Captain John. Will go back in may for sure! First rate people on and off the Island. From ticket seller to the end...

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Thank blowabs
New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

Very informative boat ride to island. The views are gorgeous. Island is nice but watch out for mosquitos on nature trail. Trail was not open the entire way because it was overgrown.

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Thank Linda L
Norwalk, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

Easy and fun little cruise to Sheffield Lighthouse. Period pieces in the the lighthouse and there is a small snack shack available - nice picnic grounds. I brought a 3.5 yr old and 5.5 yr old.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

The ferry ride was quite lovely, the guides so nice and very knowledgable, the lighthouse pretty and with an interesting history. The limited nature trails are not well maintained, and there is a lot of trash on the beach and trail away from the lighthouse (including on our visit, used condoms, gross). I also came home with three deer ticks,... More 

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Carteret, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

Beautiful island with clear water. The ferry ride was peaceful to watch the nature and it was fun to see people enjoying the private kayaking and boat tours.

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Sussex, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

My husband, children (ages 7, 5, 3) and I thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon on Sheffield Island. The guides were friendly and knowledgeable. The ferry ride to the island was beautiful and smooth. We could have easily spent a couple of more hours on the island.

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Amesbury, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

We had a beautiful day to start. Capt. Bill and Capt. John, did a great job teaching us about the sound, the lighthouses and the crab boats. It took about an hour to get to the island. Our tour on the Island was a great lighthouse tour, and description of how it was to live out there. The area is... More 

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