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Maritime Aquarium Offers Cruise To Check Out Five Lighthouses In The Sound

Norwalk’s Greens Ledge Lighthouse, with Manhattan on the distance horizon, is one of the targets for The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk’s new Maritime Aquarium Lighthouse Cruise on Sat., Nov. 7. Photo Credit: Jim Herity
The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk’s unique new hybrid-electric researchvessel, R/V Spirit of the Sound™, pulls away from the dock for an outing onto Long Island Sound. Photo Credit: Maritime Aquarium

NORWALK, Conn. -- Venture out for a rare close-up look at five historic lighthouses on Long Island Sound during a Maritime Aquarium Lighthouse Cruise, a new boat outing offered at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, on Saturday, Nov. 7.

Participants aboard the aquarium’s unique new hybrid-electric research vessel, will make passes by five century-old beacons: Peck Ledge, Greens Ledge and Sheffield Island lighthouses in Norwalk, Penfield Reef Lighthouse in Fairfield and Stratford Shoal Light. The cruise departs at 10 a.m. and is over four hours long. Binoculars will be provided.

“As we see firsthand with our annual Festival of Lighthouses Contest, people have a special fondness for lighthouses,” said Tom Naiman, the aquarium’s director of education. “There’s a respect there for the role that lighthouses play in our maritime history, and an appreciation for the different ways that they were designed and built. These cruises are a great chance to see these unique structures up close and from the water.”

More Maritime Aquarium Lighthouse Cruises are planned for Dec. 5, March 5, April 2 and May 7.

Tickets are $70, $60 for aquarium members, and include a box lunch. Advance purchase is required. Capacity is limited to 20. Reserve tickets online at or call 203-852-0700, ext. 2206.

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