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Sheffield Island Lighthouse

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Address: 4 N Water St, Seaport Dock, Norwalk, CT 06854-2228
Phone Number: +1 203-838-9444

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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I always love a lighthouse you can go inside and learn the history

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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.

Thank chicago90Phoenix
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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.

Thank Marian B
North Richland Hills, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

Thank louisemoreno13
New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

Thank sharonsumy
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5 of 5 stars 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

Thank Alex H
Southbury, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars 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 

Thank mememetz
Newville, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars 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.

Thank Kodacolor37
Voorhees, New Jersey, USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2016

Informative tour on the history of the lighthouse and what it was like to live on the island in 19th and 20th centuries. Furnishings and photos are original.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2016

Visited this place by boat on a hot day. Had a swim. It wasn't crowded mid-week. Really strange to be so close to the busy-ness of the world, but on a small island with a lighthouse that could be miles away.

Thank Susan B
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2016

We're a 50 person company in town and the Norwalk Seaport Association helped us put together a really terrific company picnic on the Island. Staff was extremely accommodating and helpful and everyone at our company had a great time... both on the island and on the boat ride there and back. What a great "get away", while still being so... More 

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