Below is a list of boat tours and cruises that offer specific lighthouse cruises in addition to other cruises from Greenwich eastward to Groton, Connecticut, here in New England. You may find while some may offer specific lighthouse cruises, some will pass by specific lighthouses as part of charters, narrated wildlife and historic tours, ferrying passengers, whale watching, fishing tours and other types of excursions. For additional convenience, you'll also find ferry info that provides access to some of the islands you will find lighthouses stationed. Contact info is provided to help you plan your special trips to New England’s shorelines. Enjoy!
Sound Navigation offers a variety of informative lighthouse tours underway on Long Island Sound, which includes the southwestern portion of Connecticut's coastline and the north shore of Long Island Sound. They also provide special sunset cruises and private charters. You'll enjoy up-close and personal views with Captain Barry of the many "Castles of Long Island Sound" from the deck of the Seaport Express.
Phone (203) 219-3688
Email Captain Barry: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Great Captain's Island Light, Greenwich, CT
- Stamford Ledge Light, Stamford, CT
- Huntington Harbor Light, Huntington, NY
- Green's Ledge Light, Norwalk, CT
- Peck Ledge Light, Norwalk, CT
- Sheffield Island Light, Norwalk, CT
- Eaton's Neck Light, Northport, NY
- Penfield Reef Light, Fairfield, CT
- Black Rock Harbor Light, Bridgeport, CT
- Tongue Point Light, Bridgeport, CT
- Stratford Shoal (Middleground) Light, Stratford, CT
- Stratford Point Light, Stratford, CT
- Faulkner Island Light, Guilford, CT
Greenwich Parks Ferry
Provides ferry from Greenwich to the lighthouse and the surrounding grounds from the ferry dock. Call ahead to find where to purchase tickets.
Lighthouse: Great Captain Island Light
Lighthouses: Sheffield Island Light
Captain’s Cove Seaport Harbor Cruises
Special lighthouse cruises are offered aboard a 40-foot Navy launch
1 Bostwick Ave
Bridgeport, CT 06605
Lighthouses: Penfield Reef Light, Black Rock Lighthouse
Bridgeport - Port Jefferson Ferry
Although it does not provide access to Tongue Point Light, visitors can get fairly close photographs of this lighthouse.
330 Water Street Dock
Bridgeport, CT 06604
(888) 44 – FERRY
Lighthouse: Tongue Point Light
Connecticut River Expeditions
In addition to providing landmark and special wildlife cruises including bald eagles, they provided educational program. There is a special peaceful lighthouse cruise heading south to the mouth of the Connecticut River
PO BOx 488
Haddam, CT 06438
Phone: (860) 662-0577
Lighthouses: Saybrook Breakwater Lighthouse, Lynde Point Lighthouse
Faulkner’s Light Brigade
In the early fall, there is an annual open house with a shuttle provided for the public to explore the grounds and lighthouse.
Guilford, CT 06437
Lighthouse: Faulkner Island Light
Argia Mystic Cruises
Offers a special lighthouse 1/2 day cruise aboard an 81-foot sailing schooner.
15 Holmes Street
Mystic, CT 06355
Lighthouses: Morgan Point, Mystic Seaport’s replica of Brant Point, North Dumpling (NY), Latimer Reef (NY), Race Rock (NY), New London Ledge, New London Harbor, Watch Hill (RI), and Avery Point
DownEast Lighthouse Cruises
Cruises are from a real lobster boat. If you don't want to cram into a large tour boat, this provides a great alternative, as it allows 6 passengers a time on the boat. Lighthouse tours include Fisher's Island tour, Eastern Fisher's Island tour, and New London Harbor tour.
Pine Island Marina
916 Shennecossett Rd
Phone: (860) 460-1802
Lighthouses: Avery Point, New London Ledge Lighthouse, New London Harbor Light, Morgan Point Lighthouse, Stonington Harbor Lighthouse, Race Rock (NY), Little Gull (NY), and North Dumpling (NY)
Lighthouses: New London Ledge Lighthouse, New London Harbor Light, Saybrook Breakwater Lighthouse, Lynde Point Lighthouse, Morgan Point Lighthouse, North Dumpling Light (NY), Race Rock Light (NY), Latimer Reef Light (NY)
Sea Pony Cruises
Offers special chartered lighthouse tours offered along Long Island Sound in a dinner tour boat.
14 Eugene O'Neill Drive
New London, CT 06320
Phone: (860) 440-2734
Lighthouses: New London Ledge Lighthouse, New London Harbor Light, Avery Point, Morgan Point, Latimer Point (NY), The Dumplings (NY), and Race Light (NY).
There is a river cruise aboard an old coal fired steamboat from the Mystic Seaport waterfront that also gets a very close view of New London Ledge lighthouse.
Lighthouse: New London Ledge Lighthouse
They provide many educational programs for adults and kids, involving marine life and ecology. They have grown into a full-fledged marine science and environmental education program with a 22,000 sq. ft. building and a variety of oceanographic equipment and vessels, including a floating marine classroom. They are located on the University of Connecticut's Avery Point Campus.
The project provides a tour of New London Harbor which includes a walking tour up to the tower of New London Ledge Lighthouse.
1084 Shennecossett Road
Groton, Connecticut 06340
Phone: (860) 445-9007
Toll-Free: (800) 364-8472
Fax: (860) 449-8008
Lighthouse: New London Ledge Lighthouse
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