Connecticut September 28, 2017
Go Island Hopping In Connecticut On These 3 Underrated Archipelagos
The term “island hopping” doesn’t exactly conjure up images of Connecticut, does it? Even so, the Connecticut shoreline is dotted with rocky little islands with their own special magic. Here are a few you can visit, and how to get to them.
1. Norwalk Islands
Just off the coast of Norwalk, there are 25 low-lying islands. They're a playground for boaters, campers, birders, beachgoes, clammers, and whatever other types of nature enthusiasts you'll find wandering about New England.
The main island, Cockenoe, is owned by the town of Westport and open to the public.
There's a little cove and a beach that's perfect for kids. Overnight camping is allowed on a limited basis. The only way to access the island is by boat. Nearby Sheffield island features hiking trails and a lighthouse. Of course, you can explore the islands by kayak, but there's an easier option. The Norwalk Seaport Association's Friends of the Norwalk Islands runs tours delving into the islands' historic, environmental, and cultural significance.
Ferries depart from 132 Water St Norwalk, CT 06854
2. Thimble Islands
Perhaps the most famous of Connecticut's islands, boat tours of the Thimble Islands are popular with Connecticut residents and visitors alike.
European settlers first "discovered" the Thimble Islands in 1614.
Since then, the islands have been used for a variety of uses including farming and quarrying marble. Rumor has it Captain Kidd used Charles Island for an interesting purpose: burying treasure. Take a boat tour to hear stories from the Thimble Island's dynamic history. The views aren't bad, either.
Departs from Stony Creek Town Dock.
Indian Point Rd.
Branford, CT 06405
3. Mason's Island and Ender's Island
Unlike the other islands on the list, Mason's Island is inhabited. It's also connected to Ender's Island by bridge. Ram Island and Fisher Island aren't far, but they're only accessible by boat.
The islands are in Stonington, near the mouth of the Mystic River.
Hikers and nature enthusiasts will love exploring the trails covering the island. Enjoy fishing, swimming, bird watching, and cycling on this easily-accessible island. It's connected to the mainland by causeway.
Will you venture out on an island-hopping adventure while the weather still allows for it? Which group of islands looks the most exciting to you? Share your opinion in the comments!
For a landlubbing adventure, check out this
interesting little town just up the Connecticut River.