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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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Aspen, Colorado
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Bristol, Connecticut
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

It's a very nice family adventure. Children are welcome. The boat ride is nice and informative. Do not sit up front if you want to hear what the guide is saying about the Norwalk coastline: there are no speakers up front. After a 30 minutes boat ride you arrive to Sheffield Island. The lighthouse tour lasts about 15 minutes. The... More

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Norwalk, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

At sheffield we saw a great place at sheffiled everybody should of saw it it was very nice and it was nice!

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Harrisonburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

What a wonderful family adventure we just had to Sheffield Island! Friendly staff, enjoyable boat ride across the Long Island Sound, beautiful sites, and very cool, historical lighthouse out on the island. Plenty of space for our 2 year old to run around too! It is a must do family outing if you are in Norwalk. Be sure to check... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

We enjoyed a great boat ride with a historical narrative, chatted with the crew, toured the lighthouse with informative history by the guides. The trip was affordable and we highly recommend!

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