Connecticut Bound: 52 Weekend Getaways

48. Lights Bright

  1. 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.
  2. New Haven Harbor Light (c.1845) at Lighthouse Point Park, I-95 Exit 50, is 97 feet tall.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

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