Celebrating New London's lighthouses

New London Ledge Light
New London Ledge Light

It's time, once again, to celebrate New London's lighthouse heritage. The New London Maritime Society is holding its fourth "Sentinels on the Sound: Summer Lighthouse Weekends" starting this weekend and running through Oct. 26. (That's minus July 12 and 13, which is when SailFest happens.)

The fun to be had includes:

Lighthouse harbor tours - on the hour, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, leaves from Custom House Pier; $35, $25 for ages 6-12

New London Ledge Light Tour - 2:30 p.m. every other Saturday starting this Saturday, leaves from New London City Pier; $35, $25 ages 6-12

Night-Time Lighthouse Tour - 9 p.m. July 19 and 26, Aug. 16 and 23, leaves from Custom House Pier; $35

Plum Island Tour - 7 a.m.-4 p.m. July 25, Aug. 15, Sept. 12 and 29, Oct. 9, leaves from Old Saybrook One Harbor; $35

Other activities include Shennecossett Yacht Club's 1st annual SYC Lighthouse Regatta on Aug. 2, and an exhibition at the Custom House Maritime Museum featuring Bob Landry's three-foot model of Race Rock Lighthouse and a Crouse-Hinds rotating beacon from Cape Lookout State Park, Oregon.

- KRISTINA DORSEY

"Sentinels on the Sound: Summer Lighthouse Weekends" starting this weekend and running through Oct. 26 (that's minus July 12 and 13, which is when SailFest happens); for full schedule, visit nlmaritimesociety.org.

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