Guide to Lighthouse Boat Tours
and Ferries in Connecticut

penfield reef light

(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!


Maritime Aquarium

In addition to cruises for marine life study, seals, birding, and TGIF cruises, they offer two different Long Island Sound lighthouse cruises in the Spring. The one for Central Long Island Sound, covers Pecks Ledge, Greens Ledge and Sheffield Island lighthouses in Norwalk, Penfield Reef Lighthouse in Fairfield and Stratford Shoal (Middle Ground) Light. The one for Western Long Island Sound covers Greens Ledge, Sheffield Island, Stamford Harbor, and Great Captain Island. They also participate in the U.S. Lighthouse Society's "Lighthouse Passport" program.

10 North Water Street
Norwalk, CT 06854

Lighthouses: Pecks Ledge Light, Greens Ledge Light, Sheffield Island Light, Penfield Reef Light, Stratford Shoal Light, Stamford Harbor Light, and Great Captain Island Light.



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

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



Sound Navigation
During the summer season Sound Navigation coordinates 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. Some of these may involve special sunset cruises and private charters.
Phone (203) 219-3688
Email Captain Barry:


Connecticut River Expeditions
In addition to providing landmark and special wildlife cruises including bald eagles, they provide educational programs. 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.

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

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)




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

Toll-Free: (800) 364-8472
Fax: (860) 449-8008

Lighthouse: New London Ledge Lighthouse



Cross Sound Ferry Cruises
Provdes two lighthouse cruises between southeast Connecticut and Long Islamd Sound lighthouses; The Classic Lighthouse Cruise and the Lights and Sights Cruise.

Lighthouses: Avery Point, New London Ledge Lighthouse, New London Harbor Light, Morgan Point Lighthouse, Watch Hill light (RI), Race Rock (NY), Little Gull (NY), and North Dumpling (NY), Bug (NY), Orient Point (NY), Latimer Reef (NY) and Plum Island (NY)



My 300-page book, Lighthouses and Coastal Attractions of Southern New England: Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts, provides special human interest stories from each of the 92 lighthouses, along with plenty of indoor and outdoor coastal attractions you can explore, and tours.

Look inside!