The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk located on 10 North Water St. is offering a series of lighthouse cruises in central and western Long Island Sound this May in their new boat Spirit of the Sound. Revolutionary in design, this new catamaran is the only research vessel in North America with hybrid-electric propulsion. She runs virtually silently on electric power for thier cruises on Long Island Sound. This vessel also has a climate controlled cabin. It is advised that you make advance reservations for these very special cruises.
On May 6 the Aquarium is offering a cruise to western Long Island Sound. This seven hour cruise departs at 9 a.m. from the dock outside the Aquarium. Participants will venture out for a rare close-up look at eight historic lighthouses on Long Island Sound! Participants aboard R/V Spirit of the Sound will make passes by these lighthouses: Greens Ledge, Sheffield Island, Stamford Harbor (or Harbor Ledge), Great Captain Island, Execution Rocks, Stepping Stones, Sands Point and Eatons Neck. Tickets are $75 ($65 for Aquarium members). Advance purchase is required.
On May 20, the Aquarium is offering a five hour cruise of central Long Island Sound that departs from the Aquarium's dock at 10 a.m. Guests will get a rare close-up look at five historic lighthouses on Long Island Sound! Participants aboard R/V Spirit of the Sound 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 (Middle Ground) Light. All the lighthouses are on the National Register of Historic Places. Tickets are $70 ($60 for Aquarium members). Advance purchase is required.
On both cruises Aquarium educators will share history and anecdotes about the lighthouses, and also point out the Sound's waterfowl. Binoculars are provided. Lighthouse Cruises are a special photo opportunity for both lighthouse buffs and bird-watchers, so bring your camera! Water will be provided but food is not available for purchase on the boat. You may bring food and non-alcoholic beverages in a small bag or soft-sided cooler. Glass bottles are prohibited.
NEW FOR 2017! The Maritime Aquarium is now participating in the U.S. Lighthouse Society's Lighthouse Passport program, a fun way to officially log your lighthouse adventures. Bring along your Passport, or buy one aboard the R/V Spirit of the Sound. We'll stamp your Passport for every lighthouse we see during your Aquarium Lighthouse Cruise. Also, members of the U.S. Lighthouse Society now receive 10% discounts on the Aquarium's Lighthouse Cruises.