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Sheffield Island Lighthouse and Nature Trail

132 Water Street, Norwalk, CT
203-838-9444
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Ranked #3 of 12 attractions in Norwalk
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Lighthouses
Owner description: The Norwalk Seaport Association has owned, restored and maintained Sheffield Island Lighthouse since 1986 and is the official U.S. Fish & Wildlife... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Dallas, Texas
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50 reviews 50 reviews
15 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013 via mobile

Fun, great length ferry ride out the island. Good discussion with ferry driver on history. Able to leisurely walk around island/lighthouse. Can picnic there, also great place to just read/get away from other people, so hard to find a serene location not over run by tourists now-a-days!

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Norwalk, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

The trip out and the tour of the lighthouse is always fun. Learn the history of the lighthouse. Spend some time on the water. Enjoy the view of the Norwalk islands. On a clear day you can see Manhattan.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013 via mobile

What a treasure in Norwalk, amazing views, food was plentiful and fun was had by all- looking forward to next year

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Plainville, Connecticut
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

I highly discourage anyone from attending the "clam bake" on Sheffield Island put on by Norwalk Seaport Association. I cannot call it a clam bake as we received 4 bowls of empty shells. Advertised - steamer bag of clams, mussels, corn on cob...." yet we were last in line to hear "oh, we are out of clams and mussels". After... More

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utopiacsp, Trustee at Sheffield Island Lighthouse and Nature Trail, responded to this review

We never, ever want to disappoint you or any of our Sheffield Island Clambake guests. As a nonprofit, all of our volunteers remain committed to our mission to preserve and share our maritime heritage. Our summer clambakes are just one way we can share our historic lighthouse and island with our community. We offer a full menu at the clambakes,... More

Stamford, Connecticut, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

First take ferry ride out to island - beautiful day, beautiful ride. Once on the island thers a lighthouse to tour and walking trails. We were there after Sandy and most of the trails had been cleared. Tables available for lunch - under a huge tent.Clean outhouses(didn't really notice they were outhouses

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Peoria, Arizona
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

The boat ride out to this lighthouse was educational, beautiful and just fun. Once we arrived at the island, we were greeted by Pirates who made it very entertaining for the young and the old. Our tour guide while in the lighthouse was Greg, and he was just a delight. I recommend this Lighthouse and trail.

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Eastchester
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

I love going on the ferry ride to Sheffield Island. I love lighthouses and enjoyed the historic talk about the lighthouse and island by the light keeper. The only problem was I forgot bug spray so I had several mosquito bites, but with insect repellant it would be fine. I cannot wait to go back again before the nd of... More

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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

We recently took a 2-day trip to CT and the ferry to Sheffield Island Lighthouse was definitely one of the highlights! The boat ride was very pleasant and the tour guide pointed out interesting sites on the way there. There was some kind of pirates day on the island and we were greeted by the *"Primrose Pirates" who gave us... More

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Quakertown, Pennsylvania, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

The lighthouse is furnished with period pieces, but you can't get to the light beacon. There are several pirate actors to greet you. Great for the kids. A short nature trail is available and you can walk the beach for a short distance. The boat ride there and back is probably the best part.

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Norwalk, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

My daughter and I had a great trip to Sheffield Island. The ferry boat was so nice, it looked new. The staff was wonderful. The volunteers on the island did a great job and the light house is beautiful. There are snacks available to buy at the boat, they offer water / soda and chips for sale at a very... More

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