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Sheffield Island Lighthouse
Ranked #2 of 37 things to do in Norwalk
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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.
Oyster Bay, New York
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed June 6, 2013

Sailed by boat to Sheffield Island Anchorage go ashore peaceful and beautiful. Can also get there from SoNo (South Norwalk) by the river

Visited August 2012
1 Thank James S
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New York City, New York
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121 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
“Awesome walk, bring a boat for most fun”
Reviewed May 7, 2013

This walk is best served with BYOB (Bring Your Own Boat!). I used to sail to this island and the dude would run up and ask my why I was trespassing. I would tell him that I was just staying below the high tide mark. But now, you can walk all over and no one minds. There's even a vinyard (!) but I don't think the wine is very good.

Visited December 2012
2 Thank Clausewitzhorse
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126 reviews
58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Great Day Trip”
Reviewed April 30, 2013

I haven't been back in a couple years but went several times and always had fun. Great for families and even couples. Can bring a picnic lunch and stay on the island for a few hours until the final boat returns to the Martime Center. Beautiful location and only about 45 min to an hour boat ride. Good history lesson for the kids.

Visited June 2012
2 Thank Wendyg88
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Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Great quick adventure”
Reviewed October 30, 2012

Looking for something to do in Norwalk during the Spring and Summer months? Look no further. A step back in time is what this is with modern arrangements. Take a quick ride on a boat, dock take pictures, a picnic, and a bucket or bag to collect shells or rocks. In New England, especially Connecticut, there is nothing else like it. History, education, and a little break from the hustle and bustle of bigger water adventures. A great quick solution-an adventure awaits in Norwalk..check it out.

Visited June 2012
2 Thank Noove
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Southport CT
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157 reviews
55 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Go via kayak”
Reviewed October 18, 2012

Wandering around, picnicking. climbing on trees. great for a family photoshoot. And what a history lesson!

Visited September 2012
1 Thank Kristen S
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