2 Lighthouse Road, New Haven, CT
The Park offers views of the New Haven Harbor and the Long Island Sound. There are beaches, rocky terrain and grassy fields. There are several buildings on the property including the iconic Lighthouse. Inside one building is a historical carousel.
In 1924 the City of New Haven purchased Lighthouse Point Park from the East Shore Amusement Company. City residents came to the park to enjoy swimming, ferry boat rides to Savin Rock, track meets, football games, field days and baseball leagues in the old grandstand/ballpark. The park, in the roaring 20’s, attracted legends Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb to Sunday afternoon games.
The hurricane of 1938 ripped through the park, destroying many buildings and trees. In 1950 the City was able to make major improvements at the park including a new bathhouse, a first aid station and concession stands. A small amusement park was added and the beach was greatly improved.
Today, the park attracts thousands to the public beach to enjoy the beauty of Long Island Sound. Devoted anglers take advantage of the fishing pier and a public boat launch that is available for leisure craft. Picnic tables dot the grounds, shaded by trees and pavilions. Kids can enjoy the playground and swings.
The park is one of the most popular spots for bird watching along the East Coast.Each fall and spring, thousands of song birds and birds of prey are seen in the migratory oasis along Morris Creek. In the fall, our park rangers and various ornithological groups conduct research and provide bird migration programs for park visitors.