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“Beautiful, Peaceful Excursion”

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.
Northport, New York
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Beautiful, Peaceful Excursion”
Reviewed 18 August 2014 via mobile

Took the ferry to Sheffield Island Lighthouse yesterday. The weather was stunning, the young man giving the tour was very informative and the Captain, Mike, very experienced in these waters. Clearly, traversing these islands is very confusing and dangerous if you have not been educated about boating safety and the tides and rock formations surrounding Norwalk's Islands. He and other staff members have also worked so hard to clean up after the damage Sandy caused.
We had an interesting tour of the lighthouse although the tower currently closed for repairs. There was time for a picnic lunch and a walk along the beach and trails. So beautiful and peaceful!!
We were warned to stay clear of remains of old mansion on one end of island as wooded area tick-infested and treacherous. Thirty min. ferry ride each way with about 2 hours on Island. Worth every second!!!

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Norwalk, Connecticut
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11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“A wonderful and relaxing experience”
Reviewed 5 August 2014

I have been on both the afternoon tours of the island as well as the clam bake event on Thursday nights. The experiences are quite different. The afternoon tour offers an opportunity to really explore the island. The narrated ride out is informative, and the island is a real treasure. The clam bake is also enjoyable. The food is not outstanding, but the environment truly is remarkable! Drinking wine with friends and taking in a breathtaking sunset was an excellent way to end the day. I highly recommend checking this out!

Visited July 2014
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Southbridge, Massachusetts
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12 reviews
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“A fun casual experience”
Reviewed 27 July 2014

The staff is engaging,well studied on their history of the lighthouse.The narrator on the boat was very informative and available to answer any questions.The only disappointment was the lantern room was off limits.Bring mosquito repellent.

Visited July 2014
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Norwalk, Connecticut
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16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“fun for grown ups & kids”
Reviewed 27 July 2014

Nice boat ride out to island with an interesting commentary about local sights. Sheffield Island itself is beautiful as is the nature trail. Everyone on the island was nice, tour of Light house a bit dry. Very kid friendly trip.

Visited July 2014
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Bristol, Connecticut
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1 review
“Great family trip!”
Reviewed 25 July 2014

It's a very nice family adventure. Children are welcome. The boat ride is nice and informative. Do not sit up front if you want to hear what the guide is saying about the Norwalk coastline: there are no speakers up front. After a 30 minutes boat ride you arrive to Sheffield Island. The lighthouse tour lasts about 15 minutes. The rest of the time you are free to take pictures and roam around the island. All in all, it was a 3-hour trip. Recommended!!

Visited July 2014
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