Great Captain Island
Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly
Greenwich is home to two islands situated roughly two miles off of Greenwich Harbor, Great Captain Island and Island Beach. It’s a bit of expense of effort to get to the islands, but worth it.
* The islands are preserved in their natural state, no cars or stores, with many different species of birds. Visible across the lagoon in June and July are large colonies of nesting egrets and herons. Near the handsome lighthouse, you can spot an osprey nesting platform.
Great Captain Island lighthouse was built in 1829,
* Single Entry Park Passes (($9/ages 5-64) must be purchased at at the Eastern Greenwich Civic Center (90 Harding Rd, Old Greenwich, CT, Monday – Friday 9:30 am-3:30 pm) before boarding the ferry.
* Parking tickets available at the kiosk machine in the ferry parking lot.
* Ferry tickets must be purchased before boarding at the dock.
* Boats depart every half hour or hour depending on the day (see the schedule).
* Or take ‘The Cruise to Nowhere,’ a relaxing two-hour tour of local waters ($20). Bring your own refreshments,
Explore 75 live exhibits featuring more than 2,700 marine animals of 300 species at this aquarium devoted to Long Island Sound (which is right outside, boat rides available). See big and small sharks, stingrays, harbor seals, sea turtles, game fish, jellies, crabs, lobsters, mollusks and more. Plus non marine animals including tamarins and meerkats.