Five Mile Point Light at Lighthouse Point Park
Spring into Connecticut to visit beautiful Lighthouse Point Park and Five Mile Point Lighthouse, named for its distance from downtown New Haven. During the roaring 20’s, the park was the field of dreams for Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb. Roger Dodger may find his dream haven here to dodge the Fraternity Boys Investigators (FBI)!
For Bluebird Portrait Painters who missed their digital solar circle cake, the park is popular for bird watching song birds flying in their migratory flocks every spring and fall.
In September, the annual Hawkfest celebrates the Atlantic flyway of hawks and other birds flying south for the winter.
The current 70-foot high brownstone Lighthouse was built in 1847 to improve marking the entrance to New Haven Harbor. The Lighthouse exhibited a Fixed White Light illuminated by 12 oil lamps and 21-inch reflectors 97-feet above sea level. In 1855, the Lighthouse was refitted with a Fourth-order Fresnel lens.
On Jan 1, 1877, Five Mile Point Lighthouse was deactivated and replaced by Southwest Ledge Light to improve marking the dangerous ledge and shoal at the entrance to the harbor.
The City of New Haven purchased the Lighthouse and property for 11,180 clams from the State of Connecticut in 1924. New Haven opened Lighthouse Point Park as a public beach.
Since 2002, the Lighthouse has been open for limited reservation Park Ranger guided tours. Before visiting the park, call the Park Rangers at 203-946-8790 to check for scheduled Lighthouse tours. After your Lighthouse tour, you can ride on the restored 1916 Lighthouse Park Carousel or splash through the water fountains of the Lighthouse Park Splashpad.
For a Map of the Lighthouse Location, please visit the Google Map of Five Mile Point Lighthouse