Cross Sound Classic Lighthouse Cruise
There are a lot of alluring lighthouses between Cross Sound Ferry’s home port of New London, CT and its Orient Point, Long Island terminus, but it wasn’t until a few years back that the company decided it might be an idea to slow down and give you a good look. And with that, the Cross Sound Classic Lighthouse Cruise was born.
The Cruise is a 2-hour tour aboard the brand new Cecelia Ann or the high-speed Sea Jet, both wave-piercing catamarans that zip you from attraction to attraction at a breathtaking 35 mph. Among the stars are New London Harbor Light (the oldest lighthouse in Connecticut); New London Ledge Lighthouse (reputedly haunted); North Dumpling Lighthouse (owned by the inventor of the Segway); and Orient Point Lighthouse (which looks enough like a coffeepot to give it its nickname.) And lighthouses aren’t all you’ll see – you’ll pass revolutionary-era forts (Griswold and Trumbull), a mysterious island with possible links to Cold War germ warfare research, a WWII torpedo practice range, and you are likely to actually see a real-life submarine at General Dynamics Electric Boat division which is right on the Thames River in New London.
The May 23 departure is 12:30 PM and tickets are $30 adults, $15 for children 2-11 (lunch isn’t included but the Cross Sound Deli on board the SeaJet will make sure your stomach won’t grumble). If you’re really into lighthouses, Cross Sound offers a second tour -- Lights and Sights, which combines lighthouses with attractions like mansions on Fishers Island and elsewhere – and two tours that depart from Orient Point, Long Island. (Long Island Lights and a Sunset Tour.) Tours from New London are offered practically daily from May through September (with some continuing through October 30); by June, both the Classic and Lights and Sights tours are offered daily.