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Sheffield Island Lighthouse

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Address: 4 North Water Street, Seaport Dock, Norwalk, CT 06854
Phone Number: +1 203-838-9444
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The Norwalk Seaport Association has owned, restored and maintained...

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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MTA Metro North Railroad offers seasonal Getaway package for train, ferry and tour of lighthouse

Buy a summer-only MTA Metro North Getaway package at NYC Grand Central Station to South Norwalk, and walk to the ferry for a narrated ride to Sheffield Island and tour of the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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New York City, New York
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Buy a summer-only MTA Metro North Getaway package at NYC Grand Central Station to South Norwalk, and walk to the ferry for a narrated ride to Sheffield Island and tour of the lighthouse. Bring a picnic lunch or purchase a hotdog on site and spend time walking the short trail and beach access until the ferry's return to town. The... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016 via mobile

What a fun 1/2 day trip out through Norwalk Harbor to Sheffield Island. Great time, bring a picnic or get some food at the concession stand. Hot dogs s hamburgers etc not much else. But we he island is fun to walk around and the view from the light house is neat. Just a real nice easy trip for a... More 

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Norwalk, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016

The Sheffield island lighthouse complex is a must see if visiting the Norwalk/westport area. You can take a ferry from the maritime center or go by your own boat. It is on an island run by the norwalk seaport that also offers thursday night clambakes. Climbing the lighthouse is a visit back in history and a very interesting experience. Walking... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2016

This restored gem from 1868 has even survived Hurricane Sandy. At the moment, you can't go into the lens tower, but the grounds and the 2 stories can be enjoyed.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2016

It was a very nice way to spend an afternoon - the boat ride was fun and the Island interesting to visit with the Lighthouse tour the highlight. We had a good size group and everyone was in good spirits.

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North Richland Hills, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2016

I took the ferry and Nature trail tour. The boat ride was very enjoyable and relaxing. When I arrived at the island I was told I could go for a walk and then they would let me know when the tour of the lighthouse would begin. The island is small but very enjoyable to walk on. The tour of the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2016

This was a last minute decision to take a 45-minute boat ride over to Sheffield Island to visit the 1868 lighthouse. The captain and narrator gave a terrific tour as we past the harbors of Norwalk and gorgeous homes on our way to Sheffield Island. The lighthouse keeper greeted us when we arrived and soon after gave a wonderful tour... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2016 via mobile

Great way to spend the afternoon! You only need a few hours Jim the first mate have a great tour of the light house and local area. Captain Bill and Jim are the best! Alex Norwalk

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Southbury, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2016

It was a great experience. The weather was perfect, not too hot with a nice breeze. The boat trip out was interesting with all the light houses and osprey that were around. We packed a lunch and ate at the picnic tables. Went for a nice nature walk and collected shells, the island is covered in them. The light house... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2016

Beautiful Island with walking trail. A small snack shack is on the island or you can take your own picnic lunch. A tour guide was available to provide interesting known facts about the Lighthouse and take us through it. The Ferry boat was accommodating.

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