- More than twenty lighthouses grace our shore. Take a cruise to Sheffield Island Light(c.1868), Norwalk, I-95 Exits 14N/15S, and picnic on the island.
- New Haven Harbor Light (c.1845) at Lighthouse Point Park, I-95 Exit 50, is 97 feet tall.
- Faulkner Island Light celebrates its bicentennial in 2002, and the Lynde Point Light (c.1839) is 70 feet tall with an octagon tower, both in Old Saybrook, I-95 Exit 67.
- Ledge Light (c.1910) in New London, I-95 Exit 83 is an elaborate square with a mansard roof and a light on top. Spend the night at the Lighthouse Inn in New London, a 1902 mansion overlooking Long Island Sound.
- In Stonington, U.S.1 A, you can see the Breakwater Light (c.1889) and the original Connecticut light house, Stonington Harbor Light (1823), operated by the Federal Government. The Harbor Light is now a museum offering panoramic views of the Harbor Sound.
- Before heading home, stop at the Mystic Seaport Store with its nautical collection of gifts, memorabilia and books on lighthouses.
DRIVING TIP: Approximate mileage between points 1 and 6 is 86 miles.
Sheffield Island Lighthouse
Picturesque boat ride to the three-acre park with picnic area and 1868 lighthouse that has four levels and 10 rooms to explore. Clambakes and special events on the island. Adjacent to the Stewart B. McKinney U.S. Fish & Wildlife Refuge.
Lighthouse Inn Resort
1902 Victorian mansion overlooking Long Island Sound, private beach, O pool, salon, day spa. Mansion has 27 guests rooms (some with ocean view), period antiques, TV. Carriage house has 24 rooms with French d-cor; TV.
Mystic Seaport – The Museum of America and the Sea, is the nation’s leading maritime museum. Climb aboard historic tall ships, stroll through a re-created 19th-century coastal village, discover stars in the planetarium, see a working preservation shipyard in action, explore exhilarating exhibits, marvel at gardens, daily demonstrations of maritime trades.