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Sheffield Island Lighthouse and Nature Trail

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Address: Sheffield Island Dock, 4 North Water Street, Norwalk, CT 06854
Phone Number: +1 203-838-9444
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Description: 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 to spend and afternoon

The captain was very enthusiastic and the light house keeper was very knowledgable and was able to answer all the questions asked. This is a great place for a romantic afternoon... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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Stamford, Connecticut
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Stamford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

The captain was very enthusiastic and the light house keeper was very knowledgable and was able to answer all the questions asked. This is a great place for a romantic afternoon. Plenty of sea shell and sea glass hunting. I will recommend this excursion to all my friends and family!!!!!!!

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Norwalk, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

A wonderful experience. The eight of us were able to enjoy a wonderful boat ride and visit to the island. Captain John, first mate, Vinny, and Island tour Guide,Jim were very helpful and informative about the area and the history of the lighthouse.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

It was way better than we all expected, very friendly and knowledgeable staff. Clean surroundings and breath taking views.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

After a 45 minute ferry ride, you get to spend about an hour and a half on the island. About 20 minutes of that is spent on the Sheffield Lighthouse tour... the remaining time can be spent just hanging out, walking along some of the trails. There are picnic tables and tent areas available... highly recommended to pack a picnic/lunch... More 

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Norwalk, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

We just did the ferry ride and light house tour/nature walk and had a wonderful time. All of the staff were great, and very friendly and knowledgable. If you haven't had a chance to do this yet, we would highly recommend. We had a nice picnic while there as well. This is a great excursion for individuals, couples or families.

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Southbury, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

First I'll mention the positives. Went on the evening of 8/20. The boat's crew was very good, the meal was excellent and plentiful and the lighthouse guide was also very good. I would have liked that they would stick to the schedule a little better. The boat left late (waiting for passengers who were late I guess) and operation of... More 

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Monroe, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

This excursion is a hidden gem accessible from the boat dock next to the Maritime Aquarium. The 45-minute trip each way, with its seabirds and compelling narrative describing the points of interest, delivered by a knowledgeable guide, makes one wish it would last even longer. The island itself and its storied lighthouse blends history and wildlife in an enchanting and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

The boat ride was very the pleasant. The Guide was very informative and pleasant. The Lighthouse was in good repair. The walk around the island was fun and the path was well kept. We really enjoyed walking by the shore. Literally the whole beach is shells and new ones wash up every day. There is a nice picnic area and... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

So buggy!! So little to explore! There are nesting birds so much of the island is off limits, and the weird homeowner there who collects garbage had a big pile of trash. So don't plan on beachcombing and bring bug and tick spray because you will be eaten alive!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

We took the boat out to Sheffield Island Light and toured the lighthouse (I found it fascinating; my 15-year-old brother slightly less so). For a couple of hours afterward we walked along the shoreline and found a great quantity of sea glass, with which we filled our pockets to take home. Also noticed horseshoe crabs in the water close to... More 

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