Lighthouse Point Park & Carousel
Lighthouse Point Park, the shining jewel of the New Haven Department of Parks, Recreation and Trees in the Morris Cove section of New Haven. There are two “must see” attractions on the beachfront property. The first, Five Mile Point Lighthouse, is impossible to miss. This imposing 70 foot lighthouse is constructed from sandstone quarried from East Haven with a solid brick interior. Its spiral granite staircase leads up to the lantern loft where the lighthouse lens was mounted. The current tower was built in 1845 replacing the original 1805 lighthouse.
The second gem on this leg of your journey is the fully restored Lighthouse Point Carousel. Built in 1916, the carousel is one of the few carousels from the era that is still operational. It has 69 horses, one camel and two dragon chariots. The outer rim of the carousel contains original oil paintings of local scenes of New Haven as well as various boats, trains, mermaids and lighthouses. Both the lighthouse and carousel are listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.
Swimming, natural history displays, nature trails, picnic grove, bird sanctuary and an antique carousel are highlights of this 82-acre park on Long Island Sound. Season runs: April 1-November 1. Gates open 7 a.m.-sunset year round. Carousel, weekends & holidays noon-4 p.m. Parking fees. Carousel rides: 50 cents.
2 Lighthouse Rd, New Haven, CT 06512, USA