Jun 30, 2014
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Connecticut Lighthouse Tours Begin This Month with 'Sentinels on the Sound'

Connecticut Lighthouse Tours Begin This Month with 'Sentinels on the Sound'

One of the most romantic aspects of the Connecticut coast is the abundance of historic lighthouses that dot our rocky shores. By the same token, one of the coolest aspects of the Connecticut coast is being able to actually tour many of these scenic spots.

This summer, the New London Maritime Society spearheads the celebration of state lighthouses with the fourth annual “Sentinels on the Sound: Summer Lighthouse Weekends,” with scores of tours and activities starting this month. Given the number of beacons in the vicinity—including the New London Ledge Light (pictured), the New London Harbor Light, the Little Gull Island Light, Plum Island Lighthouse, Race Rock Lighthouse and Avery Point Lighthouse—Southeastern Connecticut is a must-see destination for any lighthouse enthusiast.

Lighthouse boat tours of New London harbor kick off on July 5, running hourly from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. every weekend through Oct. 26 (except July 12-13, which is Sailfest weekend). Project Oceanology runs 2.5-hour visits to the New London Ledge Light—a century-old structure at the entrance to New London harbor long rumored to be haunted by a ghost named Ernie—from New London’s City Pier every other Saturday starting on July 5. Lighthouse fans can also enjoy extended tours of 840-acre Plum Island on July 25, August 15 and Sept. 29; the former site of the federal Animal Disease Center, guests must undergo a federal background check before they can register for the trip. Also being planned is a rail-boat excursion to Norwalk’s storied Sheffield Island Light.  

In addition to the boat tours, the New London Harbor Light, which was built in 1801 and stands 90 feet tall, can be visited via land. Operated by the Maritime Society, five other lighthouses can be seen from its base.

For more lighthouse and maritime history, the Custom House Maritime Museum on Bank Street in New London offers a compelling collection of vintage items and nautical artifacts on exhibit year round.

(860) 447-2501, nlmaritimesociety.org


Connecticut Lighthouse Tours Begin This Month with 'Sentinels on the Sound'

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