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“Beautiful trip but beware of mosquitos”

Sheffield Island Lighthouse
Ranked #1 of 22 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.
Reviewed June 24, 2018 via mobile

The boat trip out to the island was relaxing and informative. However, on arrival at the island we were infested with mosquitos. I’ve never seen so many mosquitos on my body at once. It was not a pleasant experience and I highly recommend smothering yourself in DEET - these mosquitos draw blood. Needless to say we spent the entire time roasting on the beach (to get away from the mosquitos )which was pleasant but we were left a little disappointed about not being told about the severity of these mosquitos. Be warned.

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"boat ride"
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"light house"
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"few hours"
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"small concession stand"
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"long island sound"
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"bring your camera"
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"tour guide"
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"li sound"
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Reviewed June 20, 2018

What can be better than a beautiful boat ride through the harbor to go see a great lighthouse. Great views, great beach, not to be missed.

1  Thank jmoeling
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Reviewed June 18, 2018

This was a nice little cruise, something to do for a few hours. The mate was very knowledgeable about the area. Unfortunately the lighthouse tower was closed for repairs. That was disappointing. The tour of the lighthouse was short, so you just have to amuse yourself on the island for a bit before going back. Nature walk, or just relax.

2  Thank Joanne K
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Reviewed June 4, 2018 via mobile

I consider this a ripoff....we booked the boat trip and lighthouse tour after researching online and reading reviews. The boat trip and the guide for the trip was fantastic. A separate guide at the lighthouse was also fantastic. The trouble was once we got to the stairway to go up into the lighthouse the guide says: “sorry, the access to the lighthouse is closed as they have renovation going on.” This was the first we were told this, we spent $50 to go to the lighthouse and see the view from the top they so proudly advertise. Not a mention when we booked and not a mention when we checked in. Nothing until we were at the stairwell to go up. Pretty sure they know few are going to make the trip until the renovation is complete so they can go up the lighthouse.
I would have given it zero stars for the clear omission, but the guides on the boat and the island were excellent. Call and verify access to the top of the lighthouse before booking your trip.

2  Thank John K
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utopiacsp, Guest Relations Manager at Sheffield Island Lighthouse, responded to this reviewResponded June 5, 2018

We our sorry that you were not able to go to the very top of the lighthouse.

We state in all of our listings... "The lighthouse is open to visitors for daily tours, however, the tower section of the lighthouse is closed for renovations."

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Reviewed March 4, 2018 via mobile

It was a great boat ride out and touring the lighthouse and growns. We went in a group and had a picnic dinner. Had lots of fun.

1  Thank fish48
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