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Norwalk Seaport Association

The Norwalk Seaport Association offers a cultural, environmental, and historical journey through Norwalk Harbor, passing many Norwalk Islands to Sheffield Island and Sheffield Island and Lighthouse. The Sheffield Island Lighthouse, on the National Register, and the Light Keeper’s Cottage is a hands-on historical and educational destination. The Lighthouse and Island strives to increase awareness, appreciation, and consideration for our environment and how the preservation of historic buildings and nature contribute to our quality of life and cultural heritage. It is our belief that preservation strengthens the perpetual partnership between the past, the present, and the future. The combination of the Lighthouse and the Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge offers an unparalleled opportunity to educate children of all ages and adults about the importance of preserving Long Island Sound, our environment and maritime heritage.


Advanced reservations are required. Cruises do sell out! The capacity of our vessel is limited to 49 passengers. Our vessel sails promptly as scheduled, it is best to plan on arriving 30 minutes prior to your scheduled departure. Your boat leaves from the Sheffield Island Lighthouse dock located at 70 Water St. in Historic South Norwalk. For more information visit

Parking is available at adjacent lots ( Tickets are non-refundable unless there is a weather cancellation. Be sure to provide contact information (both email & text) in the event we are forced to cancel due to weather conditions.

Sheffield Island Lighthouse and Ferry are available for private and corporate events, please call 203-838-9444 for more information.


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. This three-hour excursion begins with a narrated tour of the Norwalk harbor and its three historic Norwalk lighthouses, ending with a 1 1/2 hour stop at Sheffield Island Lighthouse. Sheffield Island with its historic lighthouse, beach, 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 harbor cruise ending with a 1 1/2 hour stop at Sheffield Island. Step back in time as you tour two floors of the living areas in the Lighthouse experiencing what life was like for a light keeper and his family. Even though the light tower is currently closed, occasionally guests are allowed to go up. Afterward, observe wildlife in their natural habitat in the Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge, hunt for shells along the beach, bring a picnic lunch, play on the lawn around the Lighthouse, and simply have a good time. During this unforgettable excursion to Sheffield Island and Lighthouse, you'll step directly from the boat into the past.

We invite our guests to use our newly installed antique telescope to capture magnificent views of the city and Sound. Round trip time is approximately three hours. Join us for one of the most exciting tours that the Norwalk Harbor Islands area has to offer! Sheffield Island is located in the outer reaches of Norwalk Harbor providing unique views of the city and the surrounding waterways.


Join us for the most breathtaking tour of the outer Norwalk Harbor and Norwalk's three historic lighthouses. Your trip begins with a narrated tour of the historic Norwalk Harbor, taking you back to Norwalk's early days when Native Americans introduced the English settlers to a strange seafood delicacy... raw oysters. As you leave the inner harbor you will cruise to the first of three Norwalk lighthouses Peck Ledge Light built in 1906, Greens Ledge Light, built in 1902, then finally, to the historic Sheffield Island Lighthouse, built in 1868. Sheffield Island Lighthouse is owned and operated by the Norwalk Seaport Association. Along the way, you will see many migratory birds and their breeding nests, oyster boats hauling in their catch of the day, and other islands that dot the waterway. Guests are invited to BYOB and snacks to enjoy as they watch the sun set over the water making this cruise the perfect way to unwind at the end of the day.


2024 Clambakes on Sheffield Island

One of the most popular events on Sheffield Island is our New England Clambake. Tickets include a round- trip cruise to Sheffield Island, lighthouse tours, and an authentic New England Clam bake (landlubber choices are also offered) in our waterfront open-air wooden pavilion on our private island. We will be hosting our New England Clambake every Tuesday from July 9 through August 30, 2024. There will be two price points per person, depending on the entrée. All reservations must be made online, in advance.

2024 Pirates Day on Sheffield Island – A Family Favorite

Scallywags of all ages can step into a world of pirates on Saturday, July 27 and, Sunday, July 28, 2024 when purchasing a ferry ride ticket to Sheffield Island for the Pirates Weekend hosted by the Norwalk Seaport Association. There will be three boats cruising to Sheffield Island each day at 10 a.m., 11:30 p.m. and 1 p.m. Tickets are available online, and it is highly recommended to get them in advance.  

Contact Information

Office: 213 Liberty Square, Norwalk, Connecticut 06855