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1. Greenwich and the Islands

Our tour begins in Greenwich the southernmost and westernmost town in Connecticut that was settled in 1640.  Like New York, it was settled by the Dutch rather than the British and is the only town in New England that can make this claim.  Just 35 miles from Manhattan, it maintains close ties there. CNN and Money Magazine have listed Greenwich as the 12th best place to live in the country.

Three islands lie off the coast of Greenwich. Island Beach, one of the Town's oldest public parks is accessible by ferry from the landing at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park off Arch Street from the second Saturday in June through September 15.

Calf Island is part of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and is a unit of the Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge. It provides roosting and foraging habitat for the water bird colony at Great Captain's Island. It is open to visitors although half the island is a bird sanctuary that is off-limits to members of the public.

Great Captain Island is the site of the largest wading bird rookery in Connecticut, with approximately 300 nesting pairs of great egrets, snowy egrets, and black-crowned night herons.  On the island you will find a 19th c. lighthouse (no public tours) and an interesting network of trails where many bird species can be seen. The western part of the island has picnic tables, grills, restrooms, and posted swimming areas. Great Captain Island is open year round, with a ferry running during the summer.

Traveling on I-95 North take Exit 3 (Arch St.).