visited many of the lighthouses in Connecticut on August 13 and 14, 2007.
It was actually a somewhat disappointing trip. Many of
the lights can only be seen by boat and we weren't able to locate
the boat line! Also, only one of the lights was open for
climbing and there was a sign on the door saying that they would
"be right back". We waited around for a while but
they didn't return. Many of the lights were in park areas
and the entrance fee was quite excessive for non-state residents,
in one case $50. The fee didn't include a trip inside, just
up to the light. Navigating the coast of Connecticut was
quite confusing, even with a GPS! For the most part, these lights are
arranged in a west to east order. The photos are thumbnails. Click on the pictures to see an
Penfield Reef Lighthouse
This picture was taken from the mainland.
Tongue Point (Bridgewater
This lighthouse is located in Bridgewater. You have to look closely in this picture for the
lighthouse. It is just a little above dead center.
This picture was taken from a "yacht club" in a
neighborhood that more closely resembled a plutonium plant.
Stratford Point Lighthouse
This is now a private residence in Stratford. You can not get in the light
but, as you can see, you can get fairly close to it. It was
easy to find once we figured out that someone put a "south" on a
Route 113 North sign so we went the wrong way for several miles!
Southwest Ledge (New Haven
picture was taken from Lighthouse Point Park in New Haven, where
the Five Mile Point Lighthouse is located.
Five Mile Point Lighthouse
This lighthouse is located in Lighthouse Point Park in New
Haven. There was a $10 fee to enter the park but you were
not able to get in the light or climb it.
Saybrook Breakwater Lighthouse
The "closer" shot was taken from the mainland, at the end of Agawam
Avenue in Old Saybrook. The more distant shot was taken from a different point. There is a lighthouse there ... look closely near the left edge
of the photo!
Lynde Point Lighthouse
picture was taken from a point across the bay in Old Saybrook.
New London Harbor Lighthouse
in New London, you can
drive right past the front entrance of this lighthouse, but it is
a private residence so you can't get in it. The first three
shots were taken from points along the road by it. The last
two were taken from across the harbor at the University of
Connecticut campus at Avery Point.
New London Ledge Lighthouse
the lighthouse is supposedly in New London, this is the best view
of it we could find. This photo
was taken from the University of Connecticut campus at Avery Point,
Avery Point Lighthouse
lighthouse is located on the campus of the University of
Connecticut at Avery Point, in Groton. It is very easy to get to and
you can walk right up to the lighthouse, although you are not able
to climb it. Aside from the fact that it is a very pretty
campus, it is also the only lighthouse we have ever been to that
you can see two others from it. The first picture shows just
this light. The second shot is taken from the base of the
Avery Point light and shows the New London Harbor Light across the
bay. The third view shows the New London Ledge light out in
Mystic Seaport Lighthouse
were under the mistaken impression that Mystic Seaport was a town,
or at least part of the town of Mystic. In reality, it is an
amusement park of sorts. It has shops, rides, museums and
displays. It is for the most part, family oriented and
looked like an interesting place, but we got there in the
afternoon and weren't in the market for that type of thing!
Since the admission fee was in the neighborhood of $75 for the two
of us, we passed on that and walked down to Mystic Pizza hoping to
see Julia Roberts. She wasn't there, but the pizza was quite
good. The first shot of the lighthouse was taken from the
drawbridge heading into the downtown section. The second
view was taken from a side street on the other side of the
river. You got to love those GPS units!
Stonington Harbor Lighthouse
of the other lighthouses in Connecticut, this one was at the end
of a point of land sticking into the Atlantic Ocean/Long Island
Sound. Located in Stonington, it was fairly easy to find and had ample
parking. It was also the only one we found that we could
climb. The good news was that it was only $5 to get into the
museum and climb the 29 steps up to the light. The bad news
is that this was the light with a hand written sign on the door
saying "we'll be right back, 2:30" We weren't sure
if that meant they would be back at 2:30 or they left at 2:30 but,
since it was already after 2:30, we figured we would hang around
for a while. We walked around the grounds and the point and
shortly after 3:00 decided to head out. As we drove by, the
sign was still there so they had not yet returned.