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Address: New London, CT 06320
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The Ledge Light Foundation is an all-volunteer non-profit organization that...

The Ledge Light Foundation is an all-volunteer non-profit organization that has been responsible for restoration and preservation of Ledge Light for 30 years. In 2014, dedicated volunteers from the Foundation wrote the application to the GSA/NPS for the New London Maritime Society to obtain ownership in an effort to keep Ledge Light in local hands. The Ledge Light Foundation continues its work under this new ownership. The Foundation continues the upkeep, restoration and preservation of Ledge Light maintaining an Interpretive Center within the lighthouse complete with historic and photographic exhibit panels in most rooms, a theater showing a compelling documentary about its history, a furnished keeper's room and a gift shop. Tours run to the lighthouse and visit INSIDE during the summer months in partnership with Project Oceanology using their boat. The tours are run solely by the Ledge Light Foundation and are the only tours that take visitors inside the light. As the Maritime Society owns the building, that's as a landlord only. They have nothing to do with the restoration work which is all-volunteer and done by the Ledge Light Foundation. The Maritime Society is only the landlord. Please direct any inquiries to our website. The Maritime Society knows nothing about the tours or the work done.

Visit our website tour page for information about the Foundation and to purchase tickets for tours.

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A great and truly historic experience!

A great, truly informative, and amazing opportunity to visit a unique iconic structure. A short ride on the Project Oceanology boat departing Avery Point in Groton, CT. Our hosts... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A great, truly informative, and amazing opportunity to visit a unique iconic structure. A short ride on the Project Oceanology boat departing Avery Point in Groton, CT. Our hosts and docents gave us great history of this unique structure and the challenges facing the light house keepers. The lighthouse has been nicely restored with great exhibits and tours of the... More 

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LedgeLightFoundation, Manager at New London Ledge Light, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review your visit to Ledge Light. The all-volunteer Ledge Light Foundation is very proud of the work we do and have done in restoring Ledge Light and organizing the public tours. Please come out and visit again. We are always making improvements. Three more windows will be installed next month. It's an endless... More 

Weymouth, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited Ledge Light as a bus group from south of Boston in mid-July. Leaving on Project Oceanology's boat at the University of Connecticut's Avery Point, we met many of the enthusiastic volunteer tour guides that are part of the Ledge Light Foundation. The boat ride over was enjoyable and informative. Once we docked at the lighthouse and were gathered... More 

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LedgeLightFoundation, Manager at New London Ledge Light, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your glowing review! On behalf of the volunteers who hosted your group, I'd like to tell you it was our pleasure to welcome you aboard Ledge Light. Please come back soon. We are always updating our exhibits and restoring the building. In fact, three new windows will be installed next month. Thank you for your... More 

New London, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Actually, I haven't been there since I was stationed here when I was in the Coast Guard. But, you demand a date of visit. It was manned in 1955 and a great place to be stationed...except when the fog came in and the horn started blowing. Visitors were not allowed in those days but, once an a while some visitors... More 

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LedgeLightFoundation, Manager at New London Ledge Light, responded to this review

So happy to hear from you. The Ledge Light Foundation has been the steward of Ledge Light since the USCG automated the light and stopped manning it in 1987. We now have a museum inside the light as you can see from our Trip Advisor post. We have a "history room" exhibit and are very interested in any photographs you... More 

Alexandria, VA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016

An intriguing beacon of light set just beyond the entrance to the New London harbor, the Ledge Light is an outstanding example of an era in which lighthouses tethered to the land were expanded to include some anchored in the ocean. Its three-storied building coupled with a strong light continue to draw attention of mariners as well as residents and... More 

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LedgeLightFoundation, Manager at New London Ledge Light, responded to this review

Thank you for the wonderful review, Jeff. I must correct one item, though. The Maritime Society does not run tours to Ledge Light. They own the building and as such are only the landlords. The Ledge Light Foundation runs tours and is responsible for all the work done at Ledge Light for the past 30 years. ALL money received from... More 

Simsbury, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

If you are boating around the mouth of the Thames River, be sure to take a spin around this lighthouse. It is truly lovely.

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S Windsor
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

My daughter and I took the tour to Ledge Lighthouse from Avery Point. This is a great way to spend a summer day. It was a short trip to the lighthouse. Once there the guides give you a brief history and then let you wander through the lighthouse. There is a fantastic view at the top. The lighthouse is reported... More 

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Gales Ferry, CT
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

The Ledge Light is in the harbor at the entry to New London. You need a boat to get there, but tours are occasionally offered by the Maritime Society. Nicely viewed by the Cross Island Sound Ferry Lighthouse viewing cruises.

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LedgeLightFoundation, Volunteer at New London Ledge Light, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, but I need to clarify something. The Ledge Light Foundation runs tours to and inside the Interpretive Center at Ledge Light in partnership with Project Oceanology on the UConn campus at Avery Point. The Ledge Light Foundation's volunteers guide the tours and are responsible for all the restoration and exhibit work at Ledge Light. The... More 

New London, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

What a wonderful way to spend several hours. You will get a scenic boat ride and spend time at one of the most interesting museums. You will even have an opportunity to see the ghost of Ernie! There is a gift shop, a fascinating film,and much to learn.

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Whangarei, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

After having been given an ornament of this floating lighthouse I wanted to be able to see it in real life time, which I successfully did in June 2014, it's the only floating lighthouse in the world. Apparently it's been restored for visitors to go out and visit it by boat but only at certain times of the year. Connecticut... More 

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Dover, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

This was a revisit for me. It was a first visit for my friend. New London and Groton are a lighthouse lover’s dream. There are three lighthouses within a few miles of each other. As a member of several lighthouse preservation nonprofits, I’m familiar with The New London Ledge Lighthouse Foundation, a nonprofit created in 1987 for the purpose of... More 

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