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Sheffield Island Lighthouse and Nature Trail

Sheffield Island Dock, 4 North Water Street, Norwalk, CT
+1 203-838-9444
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Ranked #1 of 12 Attractions in Norwalk
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Westport, Connecticut
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

The weather was spectacular, the captain and crew a wealth of knowledge about local history and lore, and an afternoon ferry ride on Long Island Sound made for a picture-perfect excursion close to home. Worth every penny. Pack a picnic basket, grab a seat at one of the picnic tables, soak up the sun and take in 360 degrees of... More

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Eastchester
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Today the weather was perfect for a cruise to the sheffield island lighthouse and nature trail. John and Danny were wonderful and very informative. I highly recommend going here, so relaxing and peaceful. Thanks again Danny and John for a great day:)

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New Haven, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014 via mobile

Sheffield Island lighthouse and the Stuart B McKinney Nature Trail is absolutely spectacular, especially if you are a lighthouse enthusiast. Word of caution... bring bug spray. They are thick. The crew of the ferry, as well as the guides were wonderful. A must do.

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Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Nice relaxing trip from the dock in Norwalk CT to Sheffield Island Lighthouse: during the trip able to see additional lighthouses: Peaks ledge Light, Green's Ledge Lighthouse on the way to Sheffield Island. Quick tour of the first floor or the lighthouse but unable to climb to the top. Limited facilities on the island. Very nice trip and would recommend.

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Aspen, Colorado
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

What a relaxing, engaging and nature-filled quick getaway, where a boat ride with beautiful views and the destination, a tiny island with a breathtaking lighthouse and a diversity of nature all around you will renew your faith in the world! The ferry ride was lovely too, friendly and informative staff and easy to park and pay. I recommend this to... More

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Astoria, New York, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

This is a super fun thing to do with a family or group of friends. One recommendation I have is to bring a lunch along with you, as you will have plenty of time on the island after the tour of the lighthouse (which is pretty short). Be sure to keep your eyes open for the ospreys (gorgeous birds).

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Northport, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Took the ferry to Sheffield Island Lighthouse yesterday. The weather was stunning, the young man giving the tour was very informative and the Captain, Mike, very experienced in these waters. Clearly, traversing these islands is very confusing and dangerous if you have not been educated about boating safety and the tides and rock formations surrounding Norwalk's Islands. He and other... More

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Norwalk, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I have been on both the afternoon tours of the island as well as the clam bake event on Thursday nights. The experiences are quite different. The afternoon tour offers an opportunity to really explore the island. The narrated ride out is informative, and the island is a real treasure. The clam bake is also enjoyable. The food is not... More

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Southbridge, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

The staff is engaging,well studied on their history of the lighthouse.The narrator on the boat was very informative and available to answer any questions.The only disappointment was the lantern room was off limits.Bring mosquito repellent.

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Norwalk, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Nice boat ride out to island with an interesting commentary about local sights. Sheffield Island itself is beautiful as is the nature trail. Everyone on the island was nice, tour of Light house a bit dry. Very kid friendly trip.

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