There are twenty lighthouses in Connecticut, and although most are best viewed by boat, there are some that visitors can drive, hike, or take a ferry for good views and photographs. Links are provided to each lighthouse page where you can find historic stories, and places to visit near the beacon. There are a few lighthouses that you will need a ferry to access, and they are listed here, then you can easily walk to these lights. Be wary that a few are private residences so keep your distance away from the grounds, and take personal photos from a distance.
Drive or Hike to These
New England Lighthouses
Great Captain Island Light, Greenwich, Connecticut
Take Greenwich Parks Ferry, lighthouse is short walk on other side of small island from the dock, just follow the trail along a tiny beach.
Stamford Harbor Ledge Light, Stamford, Connecticut
This lighthouse can be viewed at a distance from shore. Take Exit 8 off Route 95 to Elm Street, right at Jefferson Street, left at Magee Street which turns into Shippan Street, right on Ocean Drive, right at Fairfield Street to dead end.
Greens Ledge Light, Norwalk, Connecticut
This lighthouse can be viewed from shore. Take Exit 12 off Route 95 to Tokeneke Road (Route 136), right on Roton Street, left at Pine Point Street, left at Gull Street, right at Ensign Street, left at Crescent Beach Street.
Black Rock Harbor Light, Bridgeport, Connecticut
Take Exit 27 off Route 95 to Lafayette Boulevard to South Ave., left at Park Ave, park at Seaside Park, lighthouse is at end of breakwater.
Stratford Point Light, Stratford, Connecticut
Take Exit 30 off Route 95 to 113, past Airport along fence to Lordship, left at Oak Bluff Street, at rotary take Prospect Drive to lighthouse.
File Mile Point Light, New Haven, Connecticut
Located at Lighthouse Park, Exit 50, off Route 95. This is a great place to explore with a large breakwater to hike along, picnic grounds, and an antique carousel.
Lynde Point Light, Old Saybrook, Connecticut
Take Exit 67 off Route 95, stay right on Route 1 to Route 154 (Main Street) to Saybrook Point.
New London Harbor Light, New London, Connecticut
Take Exit 82A off Route 95 to Colman, left on Bank Street, right at Shaw Street to Pequot Street and follow.
Avery Point Light, Groton, Connecticut
Take Exit 87 off Route 95 along Route 349 into Groton, right on Rainville Street, left on Belham Street, past golf course to University of Connecticut. Check with security first, lighthouse on college grounds.
Stonington Harbor Light, Stonington, Connecticut
Take Exit 91 off Route 95 onto Route 234 to North Main Street, left on North Main Street across Route 1, then take left at stop, next right over railroad bridge to Water Street through Stonington Village to beach.
My 300-page book, Lighthouses and Coastal Attractions of Southern New England: Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts, provides special human interest stories from each of the 92 lighthouses, along with plenty of indoor and outdoor coastal attractions and tours you can explore.