Sheffield Island Lighthouse

Sheffield Island Lighthouse, Norwalk: Address, Phone Number, Sheffield Island Lighthouse Reviews: 4.5/5

Sheffield Island Lighthouse

Sheffield Island Lighthouse
4.5
Points of Interest & Landmarks • Lighthouses
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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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2-3 hours
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4 N Water St Seaport Dock, Norwalk, CT 06854-2228
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Courtney987654
Cheyenne, WY7 contributions
Beautiful ride and day on the Island
Jul 2021
The ferry was great and the staff was engaging. The island was beautiful and had beautiful views. The lighthouse is neat but we couldn't go up into the light (there was no light anyway). It was nice for something to do that day. I would love to do the other cruises and activities they offer some time.
Written July 30, 2021
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Michael M
Bridgeport, CT1 contribution
Rare opportunity to explore historic lighthouse.
Jul 2021 • Couples
Great way to spend an afternoon or evening. Crew was friendly, informative and knowledgeable. Very scenic and interesting experience. Great example of historic, restored lighthouse.
Written July 19, 2021
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Diane G
Norwalk, Connecticut1 contribution
Sheffield Island
Sep 2019
Great way to spend a summer day. Island was very clean and staff/manager were incredibly knowledgeable and friendly. Incredible history of this island/lighthouse.
Everyone should get out to visit!
Written September 15, 2019
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msmoran52
Norwalk, CT3 contributions
Visit to Sheffield Island
Aug 2019
This is a great way to spend a morning or afternoon. The boat trip out to the Island is delightful. The tour of the lighthouse is very interesting. There is a nice picnic area so bring your lunch and enjoy the beautiful water surroundings and views. Please bring bug spray as the mosquitoes can be a problem.Also wear long pants as it helps.
Written September 6, 2019
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Aileen M.
1 contribution
Beautiful Excursion on LI Sound
Aug 2019
We had a wonderful experience on the boat ride and time spent on Sheffield Island. The views are beautiful, and it's a perfect getaway for just a few hours on a nice day. The narration on the boat ride was informative, even for this Norwalker, and the tour of the lighthouse was quite interesting. Next time, I will pack some of my own snacks since there are only chips, water, and hot dogs available on the island, and bug spray. Great location for photos.
Written August 31, 2019
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Mark C
Branford, CT22 contributions
Excellent Staycation
Aug 2019
My wife and I hadn't been there in years and we're looking for a fun way to spend the day. The ferry ride was great with Capt John at the wheel and first mate Warren doing the narrative. We learned a lot about the area and surrounding islands thanks to Warren!. On the island, we were greeted by Graham who gave us a tour of the lighthouse and was fun and informative. The only words of caution..... Use the bug spray (for the gazebo picnic area) and wear your grungy sneakers. The Grass areas are loaded with goose droppings! To bad, otherwise I'd rate it a solid 5 stars!
Written August 31, 2019
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John
2 contributions
Wonderful tour and picnic on Sheffield Island
Aug 2019 • Family
Our family had a wonderful time on the tour to Sheffield Island learning about the history of the Norwalk harbor islands. Highly recommended!
Written August 21, 2019
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agb427
Hartford, CT196 contributions
Nice Summer Day Outing for Families or Seniors
Aug 2019
We were looking for a day outing with our 6 year old granddaughter and thought this would b a fun excursion. Getting to the dock was easy and parking is right there. Very easy to get to from I-95. We had booked our tickets ahead of time and read reviews so knew enough to bring bug spray. Turns out the bugs were plentiful and the trail was closed, and even though I was disappointed, we didn't need it in the time we had.

The ferry ride as about 35 minutes, relaxing. The ferry passes a private island that was once owned by the Broadway producer Billy Rose. It must have been wonderful in his lifetime.

The lighthouse is neat, identical to the North Lighthouse on Block Island. It is furnished in the late 1880's and was fun to share with our granddaughter. We could do two floors but not to the top.

The coast is rocky and not great for barefeet if you want to walk along the water and there really isn't a place on the beach to sit. There are Adirondack chairs in several spots for relaxing and watching the water. There was one area near the boat dock where kids went into the water. We picked up shells and rocks and had a rock tossing contest. I wish we had brought her bathing suit so she could have gotten all wet but it was fine.

We packed some food and the hotdogs were "eh" - nothing to savor. Getting to the pavilion to eat was tricky as you had to watch out for all the geese droppings. It ws an obstacle course.

The views are wonderful, even on a hot day it was cool out there. Only 35 minutes off the mainland and you feel worlds away. I wish we could've stayed longer but it is timed and then it is back to the ferry for the return ride.

A family could make a day of it by doing this, grabbing some lunch and then going to the Aquarium which is right there.
Written August 19, 2019
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Vicki
1 contribution
A relaxing escape close to home
Aug 2019
Went to South Norwalk and Sheffield Lighthouse as a day trip from NYC in early August. The ferry ride out was lovely and relaxing, and the operators pointed out local points of interest and history along the way. The main attractions on the island itself are the lighthouse itself, a cute little snack shop, a nature trail (full of mosquitos; use the complimentary bug spray upon arrival on the island), and walking along the shore. In place of sand, you walk over millions of tiny shells! The Saturday we came here the weather was very hot and humid; I recommend bringing a picnic basket and going when it's a wee bit cooler, like September. In all, an enjoyable experience!
Written August 18, 2019
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Jessicaben9
Derby, CT7 contributions
Sheffield Island Lighthouse and Nature Trail
Aug 2019 • Solo
I recently took a boat tour out to Sheffield Island by ferry. It was a beautiful boat ride out as well as a fantastic and relaxing time once on the island. A great way to spend the day enjoying the water and scenery.
Written August 6, 2019
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