This year we will be celebrating the Sheffield Island Lighthouse's 150th Birthday and have much needed work projects on the island.
This fundraising project is to raise funds to continue the upkeep and maintenance of Sheffield Island and the Lighthouse, while bringing awareness to the community about how the preservation of historic buildings and nature contribute to our quality of life.
Participation in this project offers you a unique opportunity to become a part of our Lighthouse Legacy by placing your family name, message or remembrance on our well traveled pathway.
Purchase a brick on the pathway and add your Legacy to the history of Sheffield Island.
Weekends Only - May, June & September
Daily - July & August
Departure times belowCruises To Sheffield Island & Lighthouse Tours
Monday, Thursday, Friday Cruises
11:00AM and 3:00PM
Tuesday and Wednesday Cruises
Weekends and Holiday Cruises
11:00am, 2:00PM, and 3:30 PM
We sell Hot Dogs, Chips, Soda & Water
Reservations are not required but are strongly recommended. Round-trip ferry tickets are $25.00 adults … $15.00 children ages 4-12 …
$5.00 children ages 3 and younger.
Thursday Cruises & Clambakes
End of June - Early September
Following a cruise to Sheffield Island, participants dine in the festive tented pavilion adjacent to the 1868 Lighthouse. Tours of the historic lighthouse also are included.
Clambake Reservations are required. The price of the roundtrip cruise and Clambake is $65.00 or $79.00 per person (depending on entree). NSA Thursday night cruises depart at 6:00 p.m. Please note: in order to sail, we require a minimum of 20 reserved spots.
Call the Seaport Association for additional clambake dates.
August 19 - 20
Ghosts, ghouls and goblins greet visitors to the historic Sheffield Island Lighthouse, which is decorated to provide thrills and chills for youngsters of all ages (only two rooms are kept dark). This fun-filled, child-friendly haunted attraction includes activities for young visitors.
July 29 - 30
Arrgghh, pirates are invading Sheffield Island Lighthouse.
Children young and old will get a glimpse of pirate life when they take a round-trip ferry ride to the Norwalk Seaport Association's "Pirates Weekend," taking place Saturday & Sunday dates tbd on Sheffield Island.
Once there, visitors will be greeted by pirate re-en-actors who will entertain with gunfire and sword fighting demonstrations, sea chanteys, storytelling and other activities.
"Pirates Weekend" activities are free, but participants must purchase round-trip ferry tickets to Sheffield Island.
Activated in 1868, the Sheffield Island Lighthouse - now listed on the National Register of Historic Places - was in service for 34 years until its retirement in 1902. Today the Norwalk Seaport Association’s volunteers maintain the lighthouse and grounds as a museum and nature preserve.
Visitors can board the Seaport ferry at the Sheffield Island dock, adjacent to Stroffolino Bridge, corner of Washington and Water Streets, South Norwalk for their trip to the island, the lighthouse or harbor cruises.
Each year the ferry takes thousands of visitors back to a time when this and other lighthouses were critical to coastal and oceangoing shipping.
Once on the island, visitors are treated to a tour of the lighthouse. The 10-room lighthouse showcases period furniture, and offers a chance to see what life was like for the families of 19th century light keepers.
Another island attraction is the Nature Trail through the Stewart B. McKinney Wildlife Refuge, which completed by the Seaport Association in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. From a viewing platform, a variety of wildlife including nesting herons and other birds can be observed.