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“party boats ferry you out.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Sheffield Island Lighthouse and Nature Trail

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 10 Attractions in Norwalk
Type: Lighthouses, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
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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.
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“party boats ferry you out.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2012

beautiful island - great lighthouse tours. There is a resident ghost there. Rocky anchorage for small boats.

Visited September 2011
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“Beautiful and serene”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2012 via mobile

I made a special trip to visit the Sheffield Island Lighthouse on a side trip from New York City. It was definitely worth the trip and money. The ferry ride had a tour guide that pointed out local history on the way to the island. The island itself was beautiful and serene with plenty of staff to answer questions about the lighthouse, wildlife, and history of the island. The staff was courteous and went out of their way to provide hospitality on an island that they loved. I would highly recommend Sheffield Island as an afternoon outing!

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norwalkseaport, Trustee at Sheffield Island Lighthouse and Nature Trail, responded to this review, August 11, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to review your trip to the Sheffield Island Lighthouse and Nature Trail. I have passed your review on to the management and staff. Not only do reviews like yours promote the Island... it is also a big boost to the people that work there to be recognized for a job well done.
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“Simple Pleasures”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2012

If what you seek is a few hours on a small island with grass and trees and a lighthouse and the smell of salt water just to get away from it all for a bit, you can actually do that on Sheffield Island, Norwalk. There is a ferry that will take you out there (and bring you back). Pack your sunblock and a lunch and take a keep-it-simple mini-vacation without having to first get on a plane to someplace with a funny sounding name.

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“Clambake is great!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2012

Each summer between late June and mid-August they offer a clambake on excursion to Sheffield Island that leaves the dock at 5:30. It's a really nice evening. Book prior to the night you want to go so you can select from the menu. I've had the salmon and lobster, the chef and crew grill your dinner on the island when you get out there. There is a small lighthouse to tour, and a nature trail. The island has deer even though you wouldn't think so since it is small so beware of ticks when you return (that's the only concern). I've gone two years in a row and highly recommend it. The food is very good, we bring our own adult beverages but there is lemonaid and water with the meal. Picnic tables are set up under a tent in case the weather isn't great but we've been extremely lucky with that.

Visited June 2012
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“Amazing trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2012

My boyfriend and I really enjoyed the Sheffield Island Lighthouse tour. Unfortunately, we were not able to climb up into the light tower due to construction. We did enjoy the Nature Trial. It was an amazing experience. Highly recommend.

Visited May 2012
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