WARNING: Connecticut’s Sheffield Island will be invaded by pirates the next two weekends. Only travel there if you enjoy storytelling, sea chanteys, sword fighting demonstrations and lots of fun.
The Norwalk Seaport Association’s ‘Pirate Weekends’ will take place the next two weekends, July 13, 14, 20 and 21 , on Sheffield Island. The weekend activities, which include pirate re-enactors performing pirate traditions, are free, but participants must purchase round-trip ferry tickets to Sheffield Island. Tickets to the island are $22.00 for adults, $12.00 for children ages 4-12 and $5.00 for children, 3 and younger. The Norwalk Seaport Association ferry to Sheffield Island departs at 11:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. from the Sheffield Island dock, adjacent to the Stroffolino Bridge, at the corner of Washington and Water Streets in South Norwalk.
Peter Bondi, Norwalk Seaport Association volunteer and organizer of the Pirate Weekends says they have become popular with visitors. “We’ve been holding these the last two summers and people love the added attraction. Pirates used to roam these waters and meeting pirate re-enactors really brings the history of the lighthouse and Long Island Sound to life.”
From May through September, visitors can board the Seaport Association’s 45-foot C.J. Toth catamaran for a cruise to the island then tour the lighthouse, observe wildlife in its natural habitat in the Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge, hunt for shells along the beach, dine on a picnic lunch and play on the lawns around the lighthouse.
The Norwalk Seaport Association was founded in 1978 as a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation, education and public awareness of Norwalk’s maritime environment and heritage. The association has owned, restored and maintained Sheffield Island Lighthouse since 1986 and is the official U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Friends group for the Norwalk Islands. For more information and tickets, CLICK HERE, or call (203) 838-9444.