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Sheffield Island Lighthouse

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Address: 4 N Water St, Seaport Dock, Norwalk, CT 06854-2228
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+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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Highlights the beauty of Long Island Sound

Always had fun with older and younger relatives on this trip. Brought a picnic along. Bring your camera, enjoy the breezes, and the beautiful view of the shore.

Reviewed 30 March 2017
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Reviewed 30 March 2017

Always had fun with older and younger relatives on this trip. Brought a picnic along. Bring your camera, enjoy the breezes, and the beautiful view of the shore.

Thank Marion I
Norwalk, Connecticut
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Reviewed 1 February 2017

This is a really great way to spend a summer day. The boat ride out to the island is really enjoyable. Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy a day on the water, and learn a few things too!

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 3 November 2016

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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Rome, Italy
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Reviewed 18 October 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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Reviewed 12 October 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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Reviewed 18 September 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.

Thank chicago90Phoenix
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Reviewed 8 September 2016 via mobile

My family and I visited Sheffield Island recently and loved it. It is the perfect addition to a day at the Norwalk Seaport. The staff at the seaport, ferry and island were friendly and pleasant. I would highly recommend this trip to families with small children or to people looking looking to spend a quiet/romantic afternoon.

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Reviewed 6 September 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.

Thank Marian B
North Richland Hills, Texas
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Reviewed 3 September 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 

Thank louisemoreno13
New York City, New York
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Reviewed 29 August 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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