Norwalk Seaport Association
The Norwalk Seaport Association offers a cultural, environmental, and historical journey to the Norwalk Islands. The Sheffield Island Lighthouse and the Light Keeper’s Cottage provide a unique historical and educational venue which 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. 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.
2021 NORWALK SEAPORT ASSOCIATION CRUISES:
Advanced reservations strongly recommended. Cruises do sell out! Capacity limited to 49 passengers. Boats sail promptly as scheduled, plan on arriving 30 minutes prior to your scheduled departure. Your boat leaves from the Sheffield Island Lighthouse dock located at the corner of North Water Street and Washington Street in Historic South Norwalk.
Parking available at adjacent lots (www.norwalkpark.org) 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. Seaport cruises comply with all CDC, State and local Covid-19 rules & guidelines. All staff and passengers (age 2 & over) will be required to wear safety masks throughout the entire tour.
Please review protocols related to COVID-19 at www.seaport.org/covid-protocol. Sheffield Island Lighthouse and Ferry are available for private and corporate events, please call 203-838-9444 for more information.
VISIT SHEFFIELD ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE AND HARBOR TOUR, EVERY DAY 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM and 3:00 – 6:00 PM:
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 3 hour excursion begins with a narrated tour of the Norwalk harbor and its three historic Norwalk lighthouses, ending with a one hour stop at Sheffield Island Lighthouse. Sheffield Island with its historic 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 harbor cruise ending with a one hour stop at Sheffield Island. 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 simply have a good time. During this unforgettable adventure tour of Sheffield Island and Lighthouse, you'll step directly from the boat into the past.
The Lighthouse is open to visitors during the 2021 season subject to COVID protocols. The tower section of the Lighthouse is currently closed at this time. 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 3 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.
SUNSET CRUISES, EVERY WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY, FRIDAY, SATURDAY, SUNDAY FROM 6:30 - 8:30 PM:
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, then on to Greens Ledge Light built in 1902 then finally to the beautiful historic Sheffield Island Lighthouse, built in 1868 which is owned and operated by the Norwalk Seaport Association. Along the way you will see many migratory birds and their breeding nests, along with the other islands that dot the harbor. Without question a fun relaxing tour with plenty of fresh air and unforgettable views for you, your friends & family.