Guide to Lighthouse Boat Tours
and Ferries in Connecticut

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(Heading Eastward)

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!

 

 

New England Lighthouses

Sound Navigation
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: info@soundnavigation.com

Lighthouses:
- 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.

Arch Street
Greenwich, CT
(203) 661-5957

Lighthouse: Great Captain Island Light

 

 

Norwalk Seaport Association
Provides ferry access to Sheffield Island from Norwalk to the lighthouse.
132 Water St # 3
Norwalk, CT 06854
(203) 838-9444
www.seaport.org

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
(203) 335-1433

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
(631) 473-5138
(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

CRE
PO BOx 488
Haddam, CT 06438
Phone: (860) 662-0577

Email: captainmark@yuknat.com

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.

47 Driveway
Guilford, CT 06437
(203) 453-8400

Lighthouse: Faulkner Island Light

 

 

Argia Mystic Cruises
Offers a special lighthouse 1/2 day cruise aboard an 81-foot sailing schooner.

Schooner Wharf
15 Holmes Street
Mystic, CT 06355
Phone: 860-536-0416
Fax: 860-536-0000

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
Groton, CT.
Phone: (860) 460-1802
Email: lighthousecruises@yahoo.com

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)

 

 

Capt. John's Sport Fishing Center
Special lighthouse tours, and other adventure tours.

15 First Street
Waterford, Connecticut 06385
(860) 443-7259
info@sunbeamfleet.com

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.

Suite 202
14 Eugene O'Neill Drive
New London, CT 06320
Phone: (860) 440-2734
Email: phyllis@seapony.com

Lighthouses: New London Ledge Lighthouse, New London Harbor Light, Avery Point, Morgan Point, Latimer Point (NY), The Dumplings (NY), and Race Light (NY).

 

 

Mystic Seaport
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

 

 

Project Oceanology
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
http://www.ledgelighthouse.org

Toll-Free: (800) 364-8472
Fax: (860) 449-8008
E-mail: projecto@oceanology.org

Lighthouse: New London Ledge Lighthouse

 

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