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15 Best Things to Do in Norwalk (CT)

In the very west of Connecticut, the city of Norwalk sits by the water on Long Island Sound.

Norwalk was founded in the mid-17th century and has come through ups and downs. A low point, to say the least, was the destruction of the town by the British during the Revolutionary War.

Calf Pasture Beach, the place where the British troops landed, is now one of a few restful places to unwind by the water.

Known as Oyster Town, Norwalk is a place with special ties to the sea. The city honors its historic oyster industry with a festival at the start of September.

In summer you can take cruises out to the little islands just offshore, and there’s a clutch of attractions and museums to pique your interest. A few are the Maritime Aquarium, the regal Lockwood-Mathews Mansion, and the Stepping Stones Museum for Children.

So without further ado, here’s my look at the 15 best things to do in Norwalk.

1. The Maritime Aquarium

The Maritime Aquarium

An aquarium done right, the Maritime Aquarium has 75 live exhibits, with more than 2,700 marine animals from 300 different species.

A visit here will take you on a journey that starts in the rivers and marshes that feed Long Island Sound. Then you’ll strike out into the open ocean. As you go you’ll meet harbor seals, river otters, jellyfish, sharks and loggerhead turtles.

There are three touch tanks where you can discover what nurse sharks, sting rays, starfish and all kinds of other animals feel like. My kids adored this element of the aquarium. 

Added to all that is an IMAX Theater with a 10,000 watt digital sound system. This screen is six stories high and eight stories wide.

What’s more you can also take birding, seal-spotting or marine life study cruises on the museum’s own research vessel, R/V Spirit of the Sound. This uses a quiet hybrid/electric propulsion system.

2. Stepping Stones Museum for Children

Stepping Stones Museum For Children

Working on the basis that children learn best through doing, this attraction opened in Mathews Park in 2000. Stepping Stones has a series of interactive educational zones designed to spark kids’ imagination, curiosity and interest.

The Energy Lab helps little ones learn about the science of energy, through wet and wonderful exhibits. Meanwhile Express Yourself is all about social-emotional learning, and Build It! get kids acquainted with the basics of construction and architectural design.

Grown-ups and children alike will be transfixed by the Color Coaster kinetic sculpture by artist George Rhoads. Outside, Celebration Courtyard has a huge open-air tent and eco-friendly play surface.

3. Lockwood-Mathews Mansion

Lockwood-Mathews Mansion

The railroad and banking magnate LeGrand Lockwood (1820-1872) built himself this palatial country house from 1865 to 1868. It forms the centerpiece for what is now Mathews Park, close to Stepping Stones.

A National Historic Landmark since 1978, the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion is one of the first examples of a Second Empire-style country house in the United States.

The property was saved from demolition after a long campaign in the 1960s, and is fully restored inside and out. I was taken with the exquisite wrought iron crestings on its roof and above the elongated porch.

In its day the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion was cutting edge, with gas lighting, hot and cold plumbing, and ventilation. I was amazed to discover that the central heating system was fueled by a ton of coal every day.

You can take a guided tour of the refined interiors from the beginning of April to the beginning of January. As you go you’ll learn the story behind every room and the personalities that dwelled here.

When I wrote this article the house was closed for a scheduled, year-long renovation.

4. Sheffield Island Ferry

Sheffield Island Ferry

Setting sail from a dock on the west bank of the Norwalk River, opposite the Veterans’ Memorial Park, a ferry will take you out to the Norwalk Islands in Long Island Sound.

At the height of summer there are services every day of the week, including three on weekends.

It will take 45 minutes to glide past the various little islands in this archipelago. On the voyage the skipper will point out the various landmarks on both sides of Long Island Sound, as well as the Manhattan skyline if conditions are right.

After that you’ll have 90 minutes on Sheffield Island. I spent this time visiting the lighthouse, picnicking, walking trails and combing the shore for shells, sea glass and horseshoe crabs.

5. Sheffield Island Lighthouse

Sheffield Island Lighthouse

The main goal of the ferry ride to Sheffield Island is this grand lighthouse, which in its current form dates to 1868. 

At that time a hardy limestone house was constructed here, with a beacon in its gable. This replaced a 30-foot tower that had been erected in 1828. 

Since 2011 the light has been running on solar power and is aimed at the Norwalk side of Long Island Sound, purely for its symbolic value.

You’ll be given a tour of the building, filled with interesting anecdotes, and can go to the rail at the top. From here you may see the Manhattan skyline off in the distance on a clear day.


A separate city until 1913, South Norwalk is a diverse and vibrant neighborhood, and my place to go for dining, arts, shopping and entertainment.

All of the museums above are in SoNo, together with lots of galleries and studios. These all open their doors for the SoNo Arts Festival in August.

There are more than 30 places to eat in SoNo, and the offer is very international. I’m talking, sushi, empanadas, clam chowder, fish tacos, poke, roti or a comforting grilled cheese.

What grabbed me about this part of town is just how many independent retailers there are on these streets, at design stores, specialty food shops, jewelers and more.

7. Norwalk Oyster Festival

Norwalk Oyster Festival

On the first weekend after Labor Day, Oyster Town celebrates the long history of its oyster industry and raises money for all sorts of good causes.

When I compiled this list Norwalk Oyster Festival was deep into its fifth decade. The celebration promises three days of live music, arts and crafts, lots of fun activities for little ones, and, of course, oysters galore.

There’s an international food court, a craft beer tent and even an oyster slurping contest. You can catch a Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show and a stunt show by the Nerveless Nocks.

A line-up of fairground rides and amusements is in store, not to mention Kids’ Cove, which has its own rides, games and entertainment just for children.

Sunday is Family Day, with discounts on entrance, rides and food for families with kids.

Just by way of intro, some of the names to have played the Norwalk Oyster Festival are Little Richard, Tito Puente, Willie Nelson, The Monkees and Cheap Trick.

8. Norwalk Historical Society Museum

Norwalk Historical Society Museum

This museum mapping Norwalk’s past is based at the red brick Georgian Revival former Lockwood House, which is younger than I thought. Built in 1973, it was funded by Manice deForest Lockwood and his cousin Julia Belden Lockwood.

The collections were relocated in the 1990s and then brought back here with the opening of the Norwalk Historical Society Museum in 2015. 

When I was here recently there was a series of concurrent exhibitions. Of these, I was transfixed by “Self and the World”. This photography show presents 19th-century photography from Norwalk, via every format from daguerreotypes to an original early Kodak camera.

9. Mill Hill Historic Park

Mill Hill Park

The Norwalk Historical Society has a second location on the east bank of the Norwalk River. Mill Hill Park is a living history museum made up of three buildings up to 280 years old.

My favorite of these is the sturdy Town House, constructed in 1835 as a place for civic meetings. It was one of the very first buildings in Norwalk to be made of brick.

The Town House is still a mainstay of the community, hosting social events, meetings and displays of historic memorabilia.

A rare survivor from the 1779 Burning of Norwalk is the Governor Thomas Fitch Law Office (1740). This is part of the kitchen wing from Governor Thomas Fitch’s house and is furnished with an 18th-century Chippendale desk and other fittings to give a sense of what Fitch’s office would have looked like.

The Downtown District Schoolhouse dates to 1826 and was relocated here when the I-95 was built through East Norwalk.

East of these buildings is the third-oldest cemetery in the city, where family plots were provided with the property grants issued to Norwalk’s earliest settlers.

10. Wall Street Theater

Wall Street Theater

Opened way back in 1915, the Wall Street Theater has been reborn a few times in the last century, changing hands between a multitude of owners.

In its earliest days stars like Lilian Gish, Mary Pickford and John Barrymore graced this stage.

Later, in the 1930s it was remodeled as a movie theater, but was also booked for boxing matches and concerts by the likes of Elvis Presley.

In its latest incarnation the Wall Street Theater is mainly a live music venue. You can catch well-known touring bands and solo artists from all genres, as well as a big helping of tribute acts.

11. Calf Pasture Beach

Calf Pasture Beach

Norwalk’s annual 4th of July fireworks take place at this historic beach and park on the peninsula of the same name.

In the 17th century Calf Pasture was used by Connecticut colony settlers as grazing land for cows. 

Later, in 1779 during the Revolutionary War the beach was a landing point and encampment for a raid by 2,600 British troops led by William Tryon. This attack resulted in the near-complete destruction of the city.

My personal highlights are the large beach and the scenic fishing pier. Other features include a playground, splash pad and spaces for softball, volleyball, skating and bocce.

The Norwalk Sailing School also rents out kayaks and sailboats, and provides a small craft safety training program.

12. Compo Beach

Compo Beach

Just across the boundary in Westport, this picture-perfect beach is backed by 30 acres of beautiful parkland. Compo Beach is barely 15 minutes by car from Norwalk’s main attractions so I had to include it in my list.

Bounded to the west by the Saugatuck River, Compo Beach has a boardwalk, a big wooden playground, lockers, bathrooms, a concession stand and two beach volleyball courts.

The beach is patrolled by lifeguards daily, from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM between Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.

There’s also a wealth of sports facilities behind the beach. You’ve got two lighted basketball courts, a skate park, open skate area and a softball field. Be aware there’s a significant parking fee during the summer season.

13. SoNo Switch Tower Museum

SoNo Switch Tower Museum

The New Haven Railroad spanned much of the south of New England between 1872 and 1968, operating more than 2,000 miles of track by 1912. 

A captivating relic from the 1890s can be found at 77 Washington Street in South Norwalk. Here you’ll be met by an original switch tower preserved next to the tracks as a museum.

May through October, rail fanatics can visit from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM on weekends. Inside you’ll get to see the only surviving Armstrong lever machine to be found in Connecticut. 

Part of the fun for me was watching the trains go by and imagining the tower in its glory days.

14. Oyster Shell Park

Oyster Shell Park

This park is somewhere to gaze at the harbor and the waterfronts on both the east and west banks of the Norwalk River.  

Oyster Shell Park was totally renovated in the 2010s. I find it hard to imagine today, but up to 1979 this space, catching the breeze from the water, was a working landfill.

Today it is threaded with the Norwalk River Valley Trail, and has a hilltop plaza, a children’s playground and a well-tended disc golf course. It’s all just a brief walk from the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion and the Maritime Aquarium.

15. Norwalk Boat Show

Norwalk Boat Show

At Norwalk Cove Marina, in the landward nook of Calf Pasture Peninsula, the Norwalk Boat Show is another milestone in the city’s events calendar. 

Big in the industry, this event is attended by major exhibitors, from Geico and Progressive to Discover Boating, Corona and Coors.

Across four days towards the end of September there’s a lot going on. For instance, you can watch demonstrations by high-speed racing boats, take part in stand-up paddleboard and kayak sessions at the Try it Cove and boost your boat-handling skills through on-water clinics.

There’s plenty happening for kids too, at a special mini-lake boating lake, or at boat-building workshops dreaming up and crafting their own vessels. When I was here there was a stunning display of antique boats, dating back to the mid-20th century.

15 Best Things to Do in Norwalk (CT):

  • The Maritime Aquarium
  • Stepping Stones Museum for Children
  • Lockwood-Mathews Mansion
  • Sheffield Island Ferry
  • Sheffield Island Lighthouse
  • Norwalk Oyster Festival
  • Norwalk Historical Society Museum
  • Mill Hill Historic Park
  • Wall Street Theater
  • Calf Pasture Beach
  • Compo Beach
  • SoNo Switch Tower Museum
  • Oyster Shell Park
  • Norwalk Boat Show

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30 Best & Fun Things to Do in Norwalk (CT)

In search of the best and fun things to do in Norwalk, CT?

Norwalk is a little town located in the county of Fairfield, Connecticut. It boasts of various attractions and offers a tranquil escape from the bustle of the big city.

Check out the National Historic Landmark of the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, one of the top survivors of Second Empire-style country houses in America.

Don’t forget to visit the Maritime Aquarium and, for the children’s sake, stop by the SoNo Switch Tower Museum and Stepping Stones Museum for Children.

Some attractions require that you make reservations, and some restaurants currently offer pickup only. Here is a list of the best things to do in Norwalk, CT.

Things to Do in Norwalk, CT

1. south norwalk historic district (sono).

South Norwalk Historic District (SoNo)

Also known as SoNo, South Norwalk Historic District was originally a settlement called Old Well, but today it is a colorful, vibrant area.

SoNo is home to more than 30 restaurants offering all kinds of cuisine from Asian to Mexican, buzzing bars and nightclubs, an array of museums, galleries, theaters, trendy stores and boutiques, and sightseeing attractions.

Hosted by The Maritime Aquarium, visitors can explore the aqua-world of the earth’s ocean and rivers. There are beautiful scenic walks along the Norwalk River and Harbor, which you can explore on foot or bike.

You would also see a distribution of pubs, beer gardens, and wine bars where you can relax over drinks with friends and let the day roll.

If you are wondering what to do in Norwalk, this is a fantastic place to start your exploration.

2. Music Theatre of Connecticut (MTC)

Music Theatre of Connecticut (MTC)

If you are a music lover, you can boost your Norwalk vacation experience by attending a concert at the distinguished Music Theatre of Connecticut .

Since its formation in 1987, the MTC has been bringing the excitement of musical productions to both the locals and visitors of Norwalk.

They usually have an annual series of excellent productions which feature professional musicians from New York (referred to as the MTC Main Stage) and various shows by the student and local amateur musicians.

The MTC is also the host to a School of Music where interested children from the age of 4 to high school attend. Do well to check details of scheduled performances, and you could purchase your tickets.

Address: 509 Westport Ave, Norwalk, CT 06851

3. Check out SoNo 1420 American Craft Distillers

SoNo 1420 American Craft Distillers

Add a bit of surprise and fun to your Norwalk itinerary by checking out SoNo, which makes use of alternative grains like hemp to produce a massive range of prime craft spirits.

SoNo 1420 is an award-winning distillery that recently bagged double-gold at the San Francisco World Spirit Competition, one of the most prestigious global spirit competitions.

They welcome visitors to come and experience some of their superb cocktails and spirits, including gins, vodkas, and whiskeys.

SoNo Distillery offers tastings and tours, where you will visit the apothecary laboratory, see the distillation equipment, explore their historic premises, and taste some of the best end products.

There is an age restriction; however, you have to be above 21 to partake.

Address: 19 Day Street, South Norwalk, CT 06854

4. Norwalk must-visit: Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum

Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum

This house was built in the 1860s by railroad baron LeGrand Lockwood. It is the most significant example of this style of design and architecture and has been marked as a National Historic Landmark since 1971.

The mansion boasts antique furniture and exquisite Gilded Age interiors with features of a unique holiday display of “The Mansion’s Toys and Trains Story” and several excellent exhibits, including “The Stairs Below: The Mansion’s Domestic Servants, 1868 – 1938.”

Entrance into the museum is from early April through early January, and guests can take on guided tours from Wednesdays through Sundays.

The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum is one of the best things to do in Norwalk.

Address: 295 West Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06850

5. Explore Oak Hills Park

Oak Hills Park

The scenic Oak Hills Park boasts many attractive recreational facilities and is amongst exciting things to do in Norwalk, CT.

In the middle of the park are the beautifully tended joggling fairways of the Oak Hills Park Golf Course. You will find very lovely joggling fairways following the lie of the land on this particular 18-hole golf course.

The golf course was established back in 1969 and features well-established gardens and mature trees, and some challenging yet beautiful water features.

Aside from the golf course, there are two walking/hiking/nature trails in the park. The Oak Hills Tennis Center (having eight clay tennis courts), a restaurant, and Pro Shop.

Address: Norwalk, CT 06850

6. Visit the Maritime Aquarium

The Maritime Aquarium

Formerly referred to as the Maritime Center, the Maritime Aquarium is a family-friendly aquarium located in the famous neighborhood of SoNo.

This aquarium houses more than 7,000 fish and marine mammals, including turtles, sharks, seals, river otters, and others. These animals have their recreated habitats that replicate their natural terrain in the Long Island Sound.

There is a state-of-the-art 169-seat 4D theater and three touch tanks in the aquarium where visitors can see and relate with sharks, stingrays, sea jellies, stars, crabs, and other coastal creatures.

The Maritime Aquarium also provides diverse kinds of fun marine-based activities for visitors to enjoy, such as special exhibits, year-round study cruises on the 64-foot hybrid-electric catamaran “R/V Spirit of the Sound,” and educational programs.

Address: 10 North Water Street

7. The Center for Contemporary Print Making

To different people, the Center for Contemporary Print Making defines different things.

For visitors and residents of Norwalk, the center offers an interactive exhibition space housed in what used to be a majestic stone 19th-century carriage house.

There is a vibrant and interactive communal workplace provided by the center where artists and printmakers with talent can share ideas and creativity.

Upcoming artists can learn from the workshops and lectures hosted by professionals in the printmaking field.

You will find at least 300 beautiful works in the permanent collection of this center, all of which were donated.

Address: Matthews Park, 299 West Ave, Norwalk, CT 06850

8. Stepping Stones Museum for Children

Stepping Stones Museum for Children

Stepping Stones Museum for Children is one lovely place to visit, especially for the younger folks. It provides a space that encourages lifelong learning for children through diverse educational-based displays, exhibits, and programs.

The museum aims at enriching the lives of the children through education as well as improving their understanding of the world. You will find an array of hands-on, interactive exhibits that children to inquire, discover, explore, and learn.

Special exhibits Coaster,” a mesmerizing 27-foot kinetic gigantic mechanical toy that imploys energy, gravity, color, motion, and light to spin, whirl, and captivate visitors of all ages.

Others include “Energy Lab,” a million-dollar exhibit that offers an excellent way for kids to learn about the science of energy, and, Build It!,” which enables children to delve into the world of architectural design and construction in a fantastic structure.

There is something for the entire family in this museum, from professional development courses to school and groups programs.

Address: Mathews Park, 303 West Avenue, Norwalk, Connecticut 06850

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9. Enjoy fresh bagels: Sugar and Olives

Sugar and Olives

Trendy, a restaurant in Norwalk, is Sugar and Olives .

Do you know that Bad Ass Bagels, the best sourdough bagels you have ever tasted in your life, happens to be created here as well?

You can imagine consuming a Bad Ass Bagel in 4 minutes or less, which took good four days to prepare from scratch.

The bagels came to light during the Covid 19 Pandemic lockdown and became so successful that they are now the “bread and butter” of Sugar and Olives.

You must anticipate enjoying the freshest local Connecticut produced and served in delicious creative ways. On the other side, you can order bagel pick-ups twice a week.

Address: 21 Lois St, Norwalk, CT 06851

10. The Spread

The Spread

The Spread is a casual, family-friendly restaurant started and owned by four friends to share their great passion for food and drink with the public.

The restaurant features a modern, open-plan dining space with an exposed ceiling, industrial-style décor, and glowing wooden tables and chairs.

The laid-back and welcoming ambiance at The Spread is second to none.

Another exciting thing is the daily-changing menu. Here, dishes are made with seasonal, locally-sourced cuisine, ranging from freshly made soups and salads smaller to plates and vegetables.

Other are delicious sharing platters of cheeses and charcuterie, mains of various meats, seafood, poultry, and pasta dishes, and delightful desserts.

The bar serves craft beers, wines, and signature cocktails from around the globe, which patrons can relish during the vibrant, happy hour at exceptional prices.

Address: 127 Washington St, Norwalk, CT 06854

11. Learn about the Cranberry Park and Gallagher Estate

Located in the center of the 227-acre Cranberry Park is the stately and historic Gallagher Mansion – an incredible sight to behold.

It is a beautiful Tudor-Revival mansion built almost if not entirely of stone blocks. Modeled on the town’s St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, the mansion is beautifully adorned with hand-printed stained glass windows and a slate roof.

This great house was built during the Great Depression and had several technological marvels as part of its features. They were not commonplace and included an elevator, an intercom system, and an incinerator.

You can join visitors in enjoying the surrounding park trails, picnic area, playground, and sculpture garden though interested visitors go for a guided tour of the mansion.

Address: 300 Grumman Ave, Norwalk, CT 06851

12. Visit Norwalk Community College Art Galleries

Norwalk Community College Art Galleries

Norwalk Community College Art Galleries (NCC) has two individual art galleries open for public access free of charge.

There is the main NCC Art Gallery on the first floor of the East Campus. Here you can admire a collection of modern artworks by artists recognized at the regional and national levels.

The second gallery is the West Campus Gallery, where you can visit exhibitions that are usually circled around local issues.

Every year, each of the galleries hosts about five exhibitions, including a Student Art Exhibition and a High School Art Invitational.

Address: 188 Richards Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06854

13. Check out Fairfield County Antique and Design Center

Fairfield County Antique & Design Center

If you enjoy spending time admiring and seeking out lovely top-notch décor pieces, then head to the Fairfield County Antique and Design Center for a memorable few hours.

The center houses over 78 individual dealers specializing in art, home décor, and fine antiques. You will find just about anything you need to adorn your home in styles to match any taste and budget here.

There is also a dazzling art gallery that features paintings, photos, and sculptures by artists from all parts of the country.

Don’t miss out on Wednesday evening antique auction, and it is the perfect opportunity to try and strike a bargain.

Address:39 Knight Street, Norwalk, CT 06851, 203-826-8575

14. Norwalk must-visit: SoNo Switch Tower Museum

SoNo Switch Tower Museum

The SoNo Switch Tower Museum is situated in the wonderfully restored Switch Tower initially built in 1896.

The museum exhibits the history of the “towers” adopted by railroads to house the system used to switch trains from one track to another.

At the museum, you will learn about the story of “Signal Station 44,” and its 88-year old history, as well as the exciting job and those who switched the tracks.

Signal Station 44, or Tower 44, was an essential cog in the crucial service of the region between New Haven and New York City, as it provided an observatory for train movements and track control assignments in the Norwalk area.

Right from its inception in 1896 until retirement in 1984, The Tower worked continuously without stopping. The museum offers a lovely outing for anyone interested in trains and the railroad system.

Address: 77 Washington Street, South Norwalk CT

15. Tavern at Graybarns

The next destination is Tavern at Graybarns, a restaurant led by Chef Ben Freemole. He looks forward to thrilling your taste buds with perfectly prepared farm-to-table New American cuisine.

Its historic building has a bright dining room and bar area that provides a perfect backdrop to some delicious dishes lovingly executed using the freshest and finest Hudson Valley produce.

Feel free to start your dining experience with one of the exciting and peculiar cocktails while you pick your favorite dishes from their enticing menu.

You will be served wines by glass or bottle, and there is also craft beer on tap. In the end, you can always round off your lunch or dinner with sweet treats.

Address: 194 Perry Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06850

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16. See the Norwalk WPA Murals

Norwalk WPA Murals

If you are a lover of art and history, Norwalk would be fitting, thanks to its treatment. You will find and admire one of the most extensive collections of the remaining depression-era art murals in the country here.

The murals were all impressive and were created between 1935 and 1941 to beautify public schools, post offices, and libraries.

Norwalk city has no fewer than 50 of these gems, and a great majority can be seen at the City Hall, formerly the Norwalk High School.

The Norwalk Historical Society offers informative and entertaining guided tours. They would be pleased to welcome and show these murals to visitors.

Address: Norwalk City Hall, 125 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06851

17. O’Neill’s Pub and Restaurant

O’Neill’s Pub and Restaurant

This city is not short of food spots at all, and we would see here in O’Neill’s Pub and Restaurant – one of the fun things to do in Norwalk, CT.

Built with a very welcoming and comfortable interior, O’Neill’s Irish Pub and Restaurant is a purpose-built carved wooden bar, several intimate nooks, and a stone fireplace for romantic dining.

Create a winning combination by adding the legendary Irish conviviality. The pub-style food is highly recommended and is always served with a beaming smile.

Some of their picks include their fall-off-the-bone rib starter, Fish Pie, Shepherd’s Pie, Chips and Ale-battered Fish, and diverse kinds of sandwiches and sliders.

The Sunday Brunch is very popular, and lots of regulars check-in on Sunday evenings because of the live music played while dining.

Address: 93 N Main Street, Norwalk, CT 06854

18. Have fun at Sky Zone Norwalk

Sky Zone Norwalk

As a parent in Norwalk, taking your kids to spend some time at the Sky Zone Trampoline Park would make you one of the most popular parents on the block.

Sky Zone is more than just a massive trampoline park and boasts lots of other adventure activities all in one place.

You can enjoy activities like Sky Climb vertical obstacle course, thrilling Trapeze and Swing, Free Climbing, and more which would, in turn, groom your jumping, jousting, climbing, and balancing skills.

Every activity here is great fun, and serious athletes can also upgrade their skills by taking on challenges.

No matter what the conditions, Sky Zone is open every day and is perfect for your parties.

Address: 360 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Norwalk, CT 06854

19. Play mental games at Panic Room

Panic Room

The Panic Room is an escape game house situated in Norwalk. You need not panic if you want to escape the Panic Room in time; all required is a clear mind and nerves of steel.

Visit here with your family or group of trusted friends, put your heads together and figure out a series of complicated puzzles if you want any chance of reaping the rewards.

There are separate themed rooms for both teens and adult categories, and both are fun and fast.

Consider Panic Room for birthday parties, bachelorette parties, and corporate team-building events. It is an ideal experience.

The plots have been carefully mapped out to render a fully-immersive, fun experience for all participants.

Address: 37 North Avenue #107, Norwalk, CT 06851.

20. Explore Sheffield Island Lighthouse and Nature Trail

Sheffield Island Lighthouse and Nature Trail

The Sheffield Island Lighthouse is a historic lighthouse built in 1868. It is based at the end of the Norwalk Islands and uses an oil lamp to signal ships of the wavering shoreline.

Visitors can check out the lighthouse and its charming surrounding area through a guided walk offered by the Norwalk Seaport Association’s Friends of the Norwalk Islands.

You will get a delightful knowledge about the history and heritage of the lighthouse and Sheffield Island. The excursion includes a tour of the 10-room tower presumed by a scenic 45-minute boat ride to the island

You would also stroll along the nature trail into the Stewart B. McKinney Wildlife Refuge, which houses a variety of waterfowl and other birds. This refuge is located adjacent to the Isle.

Take a stroll along the rock beach, pick seashells, and have a picnic lunch in the stunning surroundings.

Address: 40 N. Water Street, Seaport Dock, Norwalk, 06854

21. SoNo Seaport Seafood

SoNo Seaport Seafood

SoNo Seaport Seafood Restaurant is iconic in Norwalk and started with a small fish market that overlooked the historic Norwalk Harbor in 1983.

Following popular demand, the restaurant kickstarted in 1984 and has been attracting seafood enthusiasts ever since.

Clams and Oysters have always been the top draw-card, and SoNo Seaport exists as one of the best places to enjoy these ocean gems.

Lobsters, shrimp, clams, and oysters are prepared in various styles; there is always fresh market fish, and a little NY Strip Steak dedicated carnivores.

The food here never disappoints, and you cannot beat the complementing Harbor-side setting

Address: 100 Water Street, Norwalk, CT 06851

22. Romanacci Cafe

Romanacci Cafe

Romanacci Cafe is an original Italian restaurant in Norwalk that brings a bit of Italy into the city. It is owned and operated by brothers Graziano and Maurizio Ricci, the same owners of Osteria Romana.

Meaning “from Rome” in Italian, Romanacci Cafe is a casual, family-friendly establishment that offers a range of quick, notable Italian bites, light meals, snacks, and coffee.

This eatery is the place to go if you want to enjoy tasty homemade pizza, pastries, pasta, Panini, and freshly brewed coffee with friends and family.

Their sandwiches are piled with layers of fresh meats, salads, cheeses, and vegetables. Pizzas are handmade and prepared to perfection in a wood-fired oven, and pasta is twirled from ancient Roman recipes and paired with mouthwatering sauces.

You would enjoy the delicious freshly baked pastries served with any of the Italian selected wines and beers on their small bar menu.

Address: 250 Westport Ave, Norwalk, CT 06851

23. Take a tour of Sheffield Island Ferry

From the west bank of the Norwalk River, just opposite the Veterans’ Memorial Park, one can pick a ferry guiding to the Norwalk Islands in the Long Island Sound.

It will take about 45 minutes to pass through the various tiny islands in this archipelago before you arrive at Sheffield Island.

During the peak of the summer, guests access services every day of the week, including three on weekends.

While on transit, the skipper will highlight the various landmarks on both sides of Long Island Sound, including the Manhattan skyline (depending on the right conditions).

After that, it’s about 90 minutes on Sheffield Island, where you visit the lighthouse, walking trails, picnicking, and combing the shore for horseshoe crabs, shells, and sea glass.

24. Eat out: Match


The match stands out as one of the first restaurants in the exciting SoNo neighborhood and has been serving superb seasonal cuisine to patrons for over 15 years.

It is amongst the top things to do in Norwalk, CT, as the restaurant presents culinary delight and consistency in a fun, relaxed environment, thereby winning over casual diners and critics alike.

Owned by Chef Matt Storch, this restaurant has a menu of seasonal and globally influenced cuisine that has been prepared with locally sourced ingredients uniquely and uncommonly.

The match is designed in a rustic urban style and features an ample and airy dining room that stands at the center of the eatery. It has a gorgeous interior of walnut floors, antique wood surfaces, industrial-inspired chandeliers, and exposed brick walls.

The uniquely original menu feature twisty classics such as “New School Raw Bar,” plates of tuna tartare and baked clams, “Nibbles” of Baja Fish Tacos,” “Smaller Cravings” of Octopus Frites, and “Larger Cravings” of Pork Shank, Osso Bucco, and Swordfish.

You would also enjoy a rare cocktail program offered here as it features a portioned list of classic cocktails as well as the “new school classics.

Address: 98 Washington St, Norwalk, CT 06854

25. Participate in Norwalk Oyster Festival

Norwalk Oyster Festival

The Norwalk Oyster Festival takes place on the first weekend after Labor Day. Here, Oyster Town celebrates the long history of its oyster industry and raises funds for all sorts of good causes.

Now in its fifth decade, the Norwalk Oyster Festival promises three days of arts and crafts, live music, and lots of fun activities for the younger ones, and, of course, oysters galore.

You can witness a Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show and even a stunt show by the Nerveless Nocks.

There’s a craft beer tent, an international food court, and even an oyster slurping contest. On Sundays, visitors can enjoy discounts on entrance, food, and rides for families with kids.

Some of the names to have played at the Norwalk Oyster Festival include Little Richard, Willie Nelson, Tito Puente, Cheap Trick, and The Monkees.

26. See animals Stew Leonard’s Norwalk

Stew Leonard’s Norwalk

Another lovely treat for you is Stew Leonard’s Norwalk. It started in 1969 as a modest farm diary, but these days, there is not close to that.

Stew Leonard now has an expanse of the network, making it one of the largest dairy stores and grocers across the globe.

Stew Leonard’s flagship store in Norwalk is the perfect shopping destination for families. They love seeing the animatronics farm animals and even stop by the petting zoo for interactive fun with the actual farm animals.

In the Stew’s, you will find absolutely everything related to farm-fresh produce, including vegetables, seafood, meat, wines, and more.

They are open seven days a week.

Address: 100 Westport Ave, Norwalk, CT 06851

27. Have fun at Calf Pasture Beach and Shady Beach

Calf Pasture Beach and Shady Beach

If you think of where to spend a sunny day in Norwalk, there are two excellent choices in Calf Pasture Beach and Shady Beach.

The tranquil waters of Long Island Sound places make these two beaches ideal areas, especially for family days out.

Located at the eastern point of Norwalk, Calf Pasture Beach offers a good variety of outdoor recreational facilities. You can enjoy the boat launch, play volleyball, bocce, or basketball, go kayaking, and have fun in the skate park and children’s playground.

Then to the east of Calf Pasture is Shady Beach – an excellent spot for outdoor grills and picnicking.

Both areas make out a list of top things to do in Norwalk, and they are fun-filled with walkers and runners all around

Address: Calf Pasture Beach Rd, Norwalk, CT 06851

28. Oyster Shell Park

Oyster Shell Park

Oyster Shell Park offers visitors and residents in Norwalk, CT, an ideal location to enjoy terrific views of the Norwalk Harbor and the East and West Side waterfronts. Norwalk River.

It is an excellent place for residents to wheel in their babies and jog on the renovated trails. Overlooking the Oysters Shell Park is a newly built center plaza constructed using concrete pavers and recycled glass.

The portion of land that houses the Oyster Shell Park features educational and innovative museums, historic structures, and various trails for everyone to enjoy. The park is not dog-friendly.

There is a children’s playground and disc golf course in the park, which has nine baskets, including nine-level rubber tees. The first tee is on the other side of the bridge and at the topmost part of the hill. It provides excellent views of the Long Island Sound and harbor.

Address: Norwalk, CT 06855, United States

29. Gallagher Mansion and Cranbury Park

Gallagher Mansion and Cranbury Park

Gallagher Mansion and Cranbury Park is a large park encompassing 227 acres of land. It has rows of wooded trails, a pavilion, and a furry-friendly orchard. 

Part of the Park’s main features is its 18-hole Disc Golf Course that meanders through the woods. It is known to be challenging and fun as well.

An industrialist named Edward Beach built the Gallagher Mansion in 1930. Architect Percy L. Fowler designed the mansion as a perfect copy of the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Norwalk Green.

The beautiful limestone Tudor Revival mansion was designed using stained glass windows, walnut-paneled rooms, and carvings. The estate also has a spacious flagstone terrace, lavish lawns, and sculpture gardens.

The building offers an impressive background for weddings, meetings, luncheons, and events. At the same time, small meetings can be used by the French Walnut-panelled meeting rooms throughout the year.

Address: 300 Grumman Ave, Norwalk, CT 06851, USA

30. Bowlero Norwalk

Bowlero Norwalk

If you are searching for a place to have a fun-filled experience with loved ones and family, one of the places to visit when you are in Norwalk, CT, is the Bowlero Norwalk .

Bowlero offers its guests a fantastic bowling experience since its 38 bowling lanes are impressive and excellent. It features black lights, large HD video walls, and comfy lounge seats.

If you are not much of a bowler, you can try out their arcade room which offers world-class video games and plenty of old-school jams.

You can take a break after hours of bowling to check out their food menu, which also features a range of delicious foods and beverages.

The bowling center is also a perfect venue for your children’s parties, teen parties, corporate and team-building events, group parties, and other special events.

Address: 701 Connecticut Ave, Norwalk, CT 06854, USA

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Plan your trip to Norwalk

Norwalk is a blessed town and provides almost everything you can think of as a visitor. Just like you have seen, it is full of engaging activities and a place to be.

There is never a dull moment, and you would undoubtedly have a swell time. Why not start preparing for your next vacation in Norwalk.

Don’t forget to include your loved ones in the plan as they would love the experience. Do feel free to check back here in case to need to update your itinerary.

Have a safe trip!

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Norwalk CT: Connecticut’s Sassy Coastal Town

WHY GO : Norwalk CT has gone through its ups and downs. But now, with new restaurants and nightlife, it’s on a definite upswing. Families come here for the award winning Stepping Stones Museum and Maritime Aquarium.

Scuba diver cleaning seal tank at Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk CT

Gourmands can’t wait to try out the newest South Norwalk bistro. And boaters and kayakers wax lyrical about the islands, fishing and wildlife. No matter how you approach it, though, you’re bound to find something to surprise you in this quirky Connecticut maritime town.

Combine this getaway with one just 15 minutes up the Connecticut Coast in Fairfield CT for more art and a marvelous boutique hotel.

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Things to Do in Norwalk CT

Sea Ray and Shark Touch Tank, Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk CT

VISIT : The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk

Long Island Sound fish at Maritime Aquarium Norwalk CT

One of the largest attractions in the state, this once Long Island Sound focused aquarium, in a former 1860’s iron works factory renovated as a state-of-the-art educational center, draws over half a million visitors a year. Lately, it has pivoted to programs on worldwide Climate Change, and how our planet’s oceans influence weather and the environment.

Touch tank Norwalk Maritime Aquarium CT

Live sharks in a 110,000 gallon tank, loggerhead turtles, seals, rays and jellyfish join a cast of other aquatic animals. Some you can pet. Others are best left behind glass.

Touch a sea ray at Maritime Aquarium Norwalk CT

The IMAX Theater has also been closed, and will be demolished, due to the upcoming replacement of a Metro-North railroad bridge just a few yards away. Now the Maritime Aquarium features a 4-D theater, which makes watching a 15-minute movie about sharks frighteningly interactive. (Just FYI – you WILL get wet. And poked).

Largest interactive video wall in New England at Maritime Aquarium Norwalk CT

Some new exhibits are also drawing more and more visitors here. The “Newman’s Own” funded interactive video wall is New England’s largest at 9’X32′. Kids, (and, ok, adults) can “paint” a choice of fish or sea creature (out of 50) and then watch it swim around. I’ve never seen so many rainbow colored dolphins and flounder. Ever.

Staff feeding crickets to meerkats at Norwalk Maritime Aquarium CT

Upstairs, biome exhibits from swamp to desert feature monkeys, parrots, tortoises, and porcupines. But Meerkats are the star attraction, with their always vigilant, always on the go personas. Time your visit to feeding time, when staff dole out crickets to the family tribe. Interestingly, one meerkat at a time is always “on duty” – scanning the sky for predator hawks. That’s the reason you’ll usually see one or two looking up.

Jiggle A Jelly - Moon Jellyfish Touch Tank, Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk CT

Ever growing, the Aquarium also went though a multi-million dollar renovation in 2013, adding a Ray touch tank and the grossly popular “Jiggle A Jelly.” It’s a touch tank filled with, yep, benign Moon Jellyfish. (Other non-touch tanks teem with the poisonous Atlantic Sea Nettles).

Seal tank diver/cleaner Maritime Aquarium Norwalk CT

With a state of the art movie theater, traveling exhibits, and Marine Study cruises to Long Island Sound, you can spend the good part of a day learning about the region’s maritime environment.The hybrid Research Vessel – the Spirit of the Sound catamaran –  is quiet, green and holds twice the number of guests as did the old boat. Open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.,   Aquarium only – $28.95 adults; $24.95 seniors (65+); and $19.95 children 3-12. (Aquarium with 4-D Theater, $35.95, $31.95, $26.95). Age 2 & under, free.

FYI: The Norwalk Maritime Aquarium is one of our 10 Perfect Places to Pop the Question in Connecticut!

SoNo Switch Tower Museum Norwalk CT

VISIT: SoNo Switchtower Museum  

Train historians worked long and hard to preserve “Signal Station 44.” They removed three garbage cans full of pigeon poop from this 1896 Switch Tower to clean it after years of decay. Climb narrow iron stairs to the burnished third floor for a chance to pull the disengaged Armstrong levers (so named because you needed a strong arm to budge them!) that once moved track switches manually on the main line. It’s a fascinating peak at tough railroad jobs before computers took over the heavy lifting. May-Oct, Sat and Sun 12-5, free.

VISIT: Matthews Park

Trio of attractions – lockwood matthews mansion, the center for contemporary printmaking and stepping stones museum  .

Lockwood Matthews Mansion, Norwalk CT

Lockwood Matthews Mansion Museum

This home was built by financier and railroad baron LeGrand Lockwood between 1864 and 1868. It’s considered one of the earliest and most significant Second Empire Style country houses in the United States. Spring – Dec, Wed-Sun tours at noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, $10 adults, under 8 free.

Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Norwalk CT

The Center for Contemporary Printmaking

The CCP features both emerging and established artists. Catch a rising star and purchase a woodcut, etching, silkscreen or lithograph for $75 and up. (Take that, Art Basel!). Or, sign up for a 6-hour printmaking workshop and create one yourself.

The Center is the only one of its kind between New York and Boston. In addition to five gallery shows per year and a slew of classes, it offers services for established artists and a cottage for a selected Artist in Residence. Monday through Saturday 9 am – 5 pm, and Sunday 12 – 5 pm. Free.

Stepping Stones Museum, Norwalk CT

Stepping Stones Museum for Children

Stepping Stones was built with a keen eye to what excites and stimulates a child’s mind. Geared toward children 1-10, this small but active learn-through-play center engages even the youngest crawlers. No detail is overlooked. Whimsical water wheels are attached to rain gutters outside big picture windows.  Even when it rains, there’s something to learn. $15, open daily 10-5 from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Closed Mondays From Labor to Memorial Day.

Norwalk Islands, Norwalk CT

TOUR: Sheffield Island Lighthouse Tours

Over 200 years ago, ewes were kept on Sheffield Island to keep them from the boy sheep on Ram Island just across the way. Since then, Sheffield Island has been a compound for cholera patients, a ritzy estate and most importantly, home to the Sheffield Island Lighthouse.

You can visit this decommissioned 10-room granite lighthouse, built in 1868, as well as the rest of the 54 acre island, administered by Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge, during a three hour tour run by the Norwalk Seaport Association.

A 45-ft. catamaran transports 49 people several times a day in season for a half hour narrated tour of Norwalk Harbor. (You’ll also pass barrier islands and the famous Norwalk oyster beds).

Families pushing strollers and picnickers join history buffs for a glimpse into what life was like on this island before electricity.  The lighthouse keeper had to carry two five-gallon pails of oil (40 lbs. each) up to the top floor every four hours to keep the light lit. Tours and ferry cost $22 per person.

Stew Leonards, Norwalk CT

GO: Stew Leonard’s

If Walt Disney had gone into the grocery business, this is what he’d have come up with. Goats bray from the roofs of tiny sheds in the parking lot petting zoo. Parents and kids line up for creamy soft-serve custard ice-cream before grabbing a cart. And animatronic cows and milk-cartons entertain tots as Mom and/or Dad choose fresh produce, meats and fish from overflowing shelves. Locals have been bringing out of town friends here for years.

Factory Underground Norwalk CT

GO: Factory Underground

If you’ve ever wondered where all the collapsed barns, felled trees, and demolished 1800’s houses in Southern Connecticut have gone, just take a peak into the 7,000 sq. ft. Factory Underground – a recording and video production studio, and private concert and event space, founded by Edisun front man, Ethan Isaac, in Norwalk CT.

Edisun is best known for its tours of duty through conflict zones – giving U.S. Armed Forces in Iraq, Afghanistan and around the world a taste of hard-rock from home.

Kenny Cash, Factory Underground Norwalk CT

But Isaac and his partner, the Hip-Hop/EDM artist, Kenny Cash, are also keen on reclaimed and distressed wood. Plus, some weird-ass design elements, like an American Flag emblazoned WWII bomb, sourced “from a farm in Jewett NY”, that hangs over a table in the bar/event room, and other……things. “We always get a look when we tell people needing the bathroom to take a left at the chainsaw,” says Marketing Director, Marc Alan

Recording Studio Soundstage Factory Underground Norwalk CT

Factory Underground winds through chambers both large and small; offering an industrial kitchen, soundstage rehearsal space, and several recording rooms. If you’re lucky, you’ll be invited for, say, a book-launch party or another special event.

Eco Evolution shop South NorwalkCT

SHOP: Eco Evolution

If ever you need “low-waste,” sustainable, up-cycled, environmentally-friendly gifts, housewares, toiletries, cleansers, food, clothing, pet products, candles, books, and more, look no further than this brand new and intriguing collective. You are bound to find something for yourself and others. And, if you’re like me, you’ll spend more time poking around than you thought you would.

Best Places to Eat and Drink in Norwalk CT

Donovan's Pub South Norwalk SONO CT

EAT: Donovan’s South Norwalk (SoNo)

If you’re in the mood for a burger, beer, or steaming bowl of clam chowder, there’s no better place in South Norwalk than this 130 year old institution. On the corner of Washington and Water Streets, Donovan’s is everything you can ask for in a pub: clubby interior, casual menu, good brews, and friendly service.

Public Wine Bar, Norwalk CT

EAT: Public Wine Bar

Walk through the front door to be greeted by a floor to ceiling wine rack. This “Wine Bar,” however, is not just about the vino. Specialty cocktails rule the day – with concoctions like Public 88 – an “orchid infused Toto’s French topped with Rose Cava,” Blackbird Singing – a sour whiskey blend, and the fiery Hot Blooded Margarita.

Yes, the Spicy Tuna Tartar ($13), Salmon A La Plancha ($22), and Chicken and Wild Mushroom Pappardelle ($22) are all excellent. But my absolute favorite is the Shaved Brussels Sprouts on Risotto Cake – citrus-lemony greens sitting on a caramelized disc of crispy-sticky rice. Paired with the Public 88, it’s the perfect light bite.

Magnolia Room Cabaret at B.J. Ryan's, Norwalk CT

EAT/NIGHTLIFE: 57 Upstairs at B.J. Ryan’s

Who knew Fairfield County CT would wholeheartedly embrace a New York style cabaret (now a speakeasy), complete with prominent Broadway show crooners, an intimate room aglow with votive candles, and dinner service?

Opened in April 2018 in a room above B.J. Ryan’s pub, the 60-seat 57 Upstairs is the brainchild of singer, actor, pianist and music director, Kenneth Gartman.

Musicians and vocalists range from soulful to cheeky. Entertainment has been compared to “a Broadway veteran in your living room, singing songs for you and a small group of friends.”

The Spread Norwalk CT

EAT: The Spread

This place is so farm to table, the tabletops are reclaimed farm barnwood, and are enlivened by “living walls.” The eclectic “New American” menu reflects Chef Carlos Baez’s heritage (Mexican) and work history (in a sushi restaurant, among others). His Shrimp on Caramelized Quinoa Cake with Chorizo Sauce won “Best of Best Dish” in CT Magazine. Try the Ricotta Gnocci – with tender stewed veal “meatballs.” Ambrosial.

Knot Norm's Eatery, Norwalk CT

EAT: Knot Norm’s

Young chef/owner Jay LeBlanc has got himself a winner in his little extension of an already thriving catering biz. Not only is his mega-chunk warm lobster rolls winning awards, but he’s equally adept with fried chicken, Korean BBQ Brisket, and, incredibly, on-the-spot whipped up vegan dishes. In East Norwalk (across the Norwalk River from the Norwalk Maritime Museum), this tiny place may be hard to find at first. But believe me. It’s worth it.

Valencia Luncheria, Norwalk CT

EAT: Valencia Luncheria

Why is it that some out of the way restaurants cause such a commotion?  Because they are so excellent, patrons will travel off the path to get to them.  This is the case with this colorful Arepas, Empanada and Burritos emporium.  You can dine on the cheap or try a Platos of the day. And yep, there’s a bar scene. Cocktails with Mexican Coke or Jalapeno infused vodka are fiery awesome.

Best Places to Stay in Norwalk CT

Stay: even hotel norwalk.

This hotel brand is devoted to your health and wellness. Rooms feature mini-gyms. And top celebs in food and fitness partnered to make each stay a “wellness” experience.  Surprisingly, this trend in lodging launched in little Norwalk, and you can experience it firsthand as part of your Norwalk escape.  

Learn more in our EVEN Hotel Norwalk review.

Hotel Zero Degrees, Norwalk CT

STAY: Hotel Zero Degrees

Sister property to the hot boutique hotel in Stamford, CT – this sleek Norwalk version is roughly a 10-minute drive to the attractions in SoNo. But no worries, they’ve got a complimentary shuttle to get you there.

Quilted metallic grey headboards, back-lit mirrors in glossy bathrooms, orange throws and walls for punch – rooms are fresh and fun. Like any all the rage boutique establishment, rates include a bevy of complimentary perks. Enjoy a warm breakfast, wi-fi, covered parking, Starbucks coffee, shuttle to downtown and a very fun rooftop lounge. Drinks will cost you, but table games will not.  $129-$400 per night.

Malerie Yolen-Cohen

Malerie Yolen-Cohen is the Author of the cross-country travel guide, Stay On Route 6; Your Guide to All 3562 Miles of Transcontinental Route 6. She contributes frequently to Newsday, with credits in National Geographic Traveler, Ladies Home Journal, Yankee Magazine,, Sierra Magazine, Porthole, Paddler, New England Boating, Huffington Post, and dozens of other publications. Malerie’s focus and specialty is Northeastern US, and she is constantly amazed by the caliber of restaurants and lodging in the unlikeliest places.

4 thoughts on “Norwalk CT: Connecticut’s Sassy Coastal Town”

Thanks for this- pinning. I am taking a vacation day and NEED to get away somewhere but don’t have the $ to spend on a big trip- yet I have the travel bug. I want to take a day trip and have been wanting to visit this aquarium for years- you gave some great recommendations..thanks!

WOW! There is sooo much fun stuff to do in this beautiful city! It makes me so happy and thankful to live and work in this cool place! Thanks for sharing such a great list of all the best!

I loved reading about your experience in Norwalk CT. Your descriptions really made it come alive for me. Happy travels!

Thanks,Go Wander. Norwalk is close to me, so I get to go a lot, and really love it there. I checked out your website as well, and got some needed info from your snowshoe post. I just got a pair, and wouldn’t you know, there’s no snow! One of these days I’ll break them in!

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How To Spend A Perfect Weekend In Beautiful Norwalk, Connecticut

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Fondly referred to as “Oyster Town,” Norwalk has a deep-rooted history in oystering dating back to the late 1800s. With plentiful oysters and a bountiful assortment of local seafood, Norwalk offers visitors a trendy foodie culture in the hip, urban SoNo (South Norwalk) neighborhood. Within commuting distance to New York City, Norwalk is transforming into a great spot for residents and guests to enjoy a quiet respite from the hustle and bustle of work-day life. The charming SoNo waterfront community with its historical architecture and fabulous restaurants is a fun spot for a perfect weekend getaway.

Things To Do In Norwalk

Norwalk offers residents and guests opportunities to enjoy the ocean, history, and great outdoors. When you add wonderful cuisine and charming stays to the mix, you have the perfect weekend adventure.

Mural at the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk.

Explore Norwalk’s Maritime Aquarium

The Maritime Aquarium on the Norwalk River takes you through an underwater journey along Long Island Sound. Spanning the transition from freshwater to deep ocean, the aquarium offers guests over 75 unique exhibits featuring almost 7,000 sea creatures. Aquarium guests will discover the coastal area and get an in-depth look at the local marine life and how the environment affects their habitat.

The show-stopping Pinniped Cove exhibit is the new home to its harbor seals. You will be enchanted by their playful antics as they swiftly glide through their watery abode.

Enjoy a fun and educational cruise of Long Island Sound on the aquarium’s R/V Spirit of the Sound . The research vessel is the perfect vantage point to view the above water habitat while exploring the effects of nature on the animals that live in the waterways.

Solarium at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum.

Wander The Halls At Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum

The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum was completed in 1868 for Le Grand Lockwood and his family. Sadly, he died only a few years later in 1872. In 1876, Charles Drelincourt Mathews and his wife Rebecca purchased the mansion and the family lived there until 1939. They were the only two families to ever reside in the beautiful manor.

The vestibule immediately sets the tone of grandeur. The cavernous space with marble columns perfectly showcases the collected statuary. As you sweep into the grand hall with soaring ceilings and intricate craftsmanship, you feel immersed in luxury.

The mansion you visit today was saved in 1962 by a group of Norwalk citizens after it was being used for everything from storage to city offices. If it weren’t for the work of these dedicated historians, the mansion would have been demolished. Now the mansion and expansive grounds are available for visitors to enjoy.

Calf Pasture Beach, Norwalk, Connecticut.

Soak Up The Sun At Calf Pasture Beach

The crowning jewel of Norwalk is the beautiful Calf Pasture Beach . Covering most of the tip of the Norwalk area peninsula, Calf Pasture Beach has all the toes-in-the-sand focused fun you desire. Sports courts, skate park, splash pad, and other fun-by-the-beach activities will entertain the athletic crowd. Of course, if your heart’s desire is to soak up the glorious sunshine, then you will love the soft sandy beach with beautiful views; perfect for chilling on a blanket with a great page-turner novel.

Non-resident parking is limited to the first 100 vehicles, no reservations accepted. Many guests arrive early and spend the entire day, so the parking lot fills up quickly on a beautiful day. Non-resident parking passes can be purchased at one of the kiosk stations next to the parking lot or on the ParkMobile app.

Sail Out To Sheffield Island Lighthouse

Sheffield Island Lighthouse can be accessed by a harbor ferry from late May until late September. The Seaport Association offers weekend, weekday, and sunset tours where guests will enjoy beautiful views of Norwalk harbor and Long Island Sound on their trip out to Sheffield Island. Guests will enjoy a lighthouse tour and time to explore the island trails before heading back to Norwalk harbor.

Built in 1868, the lighthouse is a beautiful backdrop for the Tuesday night clambake cruise ; a classic coastal New England experience. Order tickets online for the clambake and extend your getaway stay an extra day or two.

Norwalk River Valley Trail, Connecticut.

Explore The Norwalk River Valley Trail

The Norwalk River Valley Trail encompasses 30 miles of trails across Fairfield County. The Norwalk section covers 5 miles of accessible trails (hard surface and stone dust) beginning at Calf Pasture Beach, past the Maritime Aquarium, the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion, and Union Park.

The Norwalk path provides gorgeous water views along the beach. As the path weaves through the city and along the riverbed, walkers are treated to strategically located overlooks, charming bridges, and shaded wooded paths. It is a lovely stroll where you can stop and enjoy the river views.

Stop At The Switch Tower Museum

The SoNo Switch Tower Museum is a unique and curious item. The museum showcases the switches housed in towers along the railroad routes. These switch towers controlled the rail tracks which kept the trains from colliding. They also controlled the mechanics for switching the trains from track to track. Admission to the 1896 Switch Tower Museum is free. It provides an interesting view of how far advancements have come in railway mechanics.

Sweet and Savory from Caffe Social.

Best Restaurants In Norwalk

Cruise over to the Washington Street area and explore the SoNo exploding restaurant scene. With a wide variety of cuisine options, you will love wandering the neighborhood perusing all the menu offerings. A mixture of enticing restaurants and charming shops occupy first-floor storefronts along streets with historic brownstones that have converted loft and condo spaces on the upper floors. The cool, urban vibe is evident in the shop fronts and hip clientele.

Caffe Social

Located on a corner spot on Main Street, Caffe Social is a trendy, urban coffee bar where you can enjoy enticing coffee, delicious breakfasts, or lunchtime fare. Legendary breakfast items include the expertly prepared Avocado Toast or the decadent Sweet and Savory, a homemade waffle sandwich filled with bacon, sausage, egg, and cheese with a maple syrup dip.

Caffe Social is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to cure your specialty latte fix.

Washington Prime

Perfectly charred steaks, expertly prepared seafood and tantalizing cocktails served in a casual dining space with an upscale appeal, Washington Prime is the SoNo spot for meeting up with friends or enjoying a fun date night.

The must-try appetizer is the north Australian lobster tail. When a coastal New England town serves lobster from down under, you know it’s going to be amazing. Equally delicious is the assortment of Oysters which can be followed up by a shift in geography with the prosciutto and fig crostini. The land and sea collection of entrees is enticing and the extensive wine list has the perfect complementary vintage.

Match is everyone’s favorite type of restaurant; sophisticated without being stuffy. By the way, it offers exceptionally delicious cuisine. The perfect spot to share plates, you can sample several dishes with your dining companions without having to commit to just one.

Start with a local classic, Carpetbaggers (fried oysters served with a truffle trio: cream, steak tartare, and aioli). Shared plates of octopus “frites,” foie gras, and a wood-fired bacon, potato, and egg pizzette will keep you munching happily with snippets of conversation between delectable bites.

Ripka’s Beach Cafe

When you are lounging your day away at Calf Pasture Beach, plan to dine at Ripka’s Beach Cafe . The beach view is only enhanced by the delicious choices. There are burgers, sandwiches, and pizzas of course, but also full-on, gorgeous seafood fare.

The raw and steam bar features local oysters, littlenecks, top necks, and other glorious gifts from the sea. The clam and oyster options offer everything you want for a toes-in-the-sand dining adventure. The Oyster Po’Boy with a spicy remoulade is the perfect blend of New England seafood and Southern spice.

Best Hotels In Norwalk

Beautiful romantic getaways, luxury suites with all the comforts of home, and cozy cottages by the sea; you will find the perfect spot for your getaway stay in the Norfolk area.

Norwalk Inn

The Guest House at the Norwalk Inn is a lovely alternative to a traditional hotel stay. The guesthouse offers spacious vacation luxury with all the comforts of a cozy and well-appointed getaway stay. Beautiful suites are a quiet oasis retreat after a day exploring the town.

Delamar Southport

A romantic escape to the Delamar Southport is a wonderful option for couples looking for a luxurious, relaxing getaway. Located in nearby Southport, the Delmar offers you classic charm paired with beautiful suites, fine dining, and spa services all wrapped up in a quaint New England coastal town.

Cottage In Westport

For a great on-the-beach experience, this Vrbo cottage in Westport is directly across the street from Southport Beach. The sweet, dog-friendly, one-bedroom cottage sleeps three and is situated on the premier host owner’s estate. If you love that cozy, home-away-from-home feel this cottage might be perfect for your Norwalk area stay.

Pro Tip: You will love exploring Norwalk, this beautiful coastal area is a wonderful spot for a quiet getaway.

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25 Best Things to Do in Norwalk, CT

By: Author Andrew Stewart

Posted on Published: February 4, 2023  - Last updated: June 23, 2023

You’re guaranteed to have the best time once you visit Oyster Town.

Norwalk boasts a variety of attractions and offers a tranquil retreat from the busy metropolitan city.

From enchanting aquariums, stunning beaches, and malls to spooky cemeteries and fun theaters, this city is a paradise for adventurers.

Don’t know where to start?

Experience the best trip and discover the best things to do in Norwalk, CT on our list below.

1. Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum

Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum

295 West Ave Norwalk, CT 06850 (203) 838-9799

Built in 1864 to 1868, Lockwood–Mathews Mansion is a Second Empire-style country house turned into a museum.

Why You Should Go

Visiting this historic Lockwood-Mathews Mansion is the ideal indoor stuff to do when it’s raining or cold.

The intricately carved wall art and tall, voluminous ceiling in this space give it a Victorian-era vibe.

It aspires to protect and restore this distinctive architectural gem while enhancing communities through open-air programs highlighting the country’s middle to late 19th-century heritage.

You can admire the stunning architecture while also learning about how people from the past lived.

After spending time at the museum, grab a bite to eat at Colony Grill, a nearby pizza place.

2. Sheffield Island Lighthouse

Sheffield Island Lighthouse

Sheffield Island Norwalk, CT 06854 (203) 838-9444

This historic lighthouse, built in 1868, contains 10 rooms with antique furnishings and is open for visitors during certain times of the year.

If you are looking for sights to see this weekend, visit the famous Sheffield Island Lighthouse.

Visit the Light Keeper’s Cottage, and walk the paths to the Stewart B. Mckinney National Wildlife Refuge, a birding hotspot.

You can also use the telescope or simply relax on the beach while touring the ten-room historical lighthouse.

The island is best visited in summer when it’s always warm and sunny.

However, wear pants and insect repellent if you plan to visit the bird sanctuary to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.

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3. The Maritime Aquarium

The Maritime Aquarium

10 N Water St Norwalk, CT 06854 (203) 852-0700

Located on North Water Street, The Maritime Aquarium is a massive aquarium with more than 30 freshwater and saltwater displays, a touch tank, a theater, and a cafe.

Take the young ones on a marine adventure if you’re looking for fun things to do in Norwalk with kids.

They display various animals, such as stingrays, harbor seals, sea turtles, game fish, crabs, jellies, lobsters, and other mollusks.

Your youngsters will love their 75 live exhibits featuring almost 7,000 animals of 363 marine species.

You won’t regret becoming a Maritime Aquarium member.

Your membership will aid them in offering animal care, cutting-edge stem-education programs, funding research projects, giving you free entrance, and members-only perks.

Recommended Hotel Nearby: Hotel Zero Degrees Norwalk

4. Stepping Stones Museum for Children

Stepping Stones Museum for Children

303 West Ave Norwalk, CT 06850 (203) 899-0606

Stepping Stones Museum for Kids, located at 303 West Avenue, is a hands-on children’s museum for ages 10 and under.

The Stepping Stones Museum for Kids is not your typical museum.

Visit this place if you’re looking for unique things to see in Norwalk.

The setting is enjoyable, vibrant, and stimulating, and it acknowledges the importance of play in fostering learning, creativity, and exploration.

The museum is a top choice for families as it is a unique setting where kids of all ages are encouraged to explore, invent, test, and observe.

The Stepping Stones also features a cafe where you can have lunch after a day of exploring and enjoying.

Recommended Hotel Nearby: Norwalk Inn

5. Sheffield Island Ferry

Sheffield Island Ferry

4 North Water Street Norwalk, CT 06854 (203) 838-9444

Located on North Water Street, Sheffield Island Ferry is one of the most famous ferries in the city, where you can tour Sheffield Island.

Come for the most spectacular tour of Sheffield Island Lighthouse, Norwalk’s three historic lighthouses, and the outer Norwalk Harbor.

Your journey starts with a narrated tour of Norwalk’s famed harbor.

This tour will transport you to the town’s early days when English settlers were first introduced to raw oysters by Native Americans.

In addition to the numerous islands that dot the harbor, you will witness many migratory birds along the journey and their nests.

The cruise tickets sell out quickly, so book your tickets in advance.

Recommended Hotel Nearby: Residence Inn by Marriott Norwalk

6. SoNo Switch Tower Museum

SoNo Switch Tower Museum

77 Washington St Norwalk, CT 06854 (203) 246-6958

Constructed in 1896, SoNo is a preserved switch tower turned into a museum located on Washington Street.

If you are looking for nice places to visit in Norwalk, experience a magical time inside a historic switch tower on Washington Street.

This museum has information on how trains operated on a busy line, such as the Metro-North division in New Haven.

Additionally, you’ll learn about the switch tower’s function and features.

The tower was constructed in the 1880s and included a 68-lever “Armstrong” machine to operate the manual switches using hundreds of yards of connected piping.

Grab Mexican food to eat after touring the historical museum.

You can visit Evarito’s Mexican Kitchen and Bar, a stylish, airy stop serving classic Mexican cuisine near the museum.

Recommended Hotel Nearby: Courtyard by Marriott Stamford Downtown

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7. South Norwalk Historic District (SoNo)

South Norwalk Historic District (SoNo)

South Main and Washington Streets Historic District Norwalk, CT 06854

Formed in 1977, the South Norwalk Historic District is a charming community in the city that offers numerous sights to see.

You can find plenty of hipster-friendly eateries nearby, specialty drinks, and international food like ramen without walking far.

Beyond the eateries, the neighborhood has a boomtown vibe thanks to the expensive residences and the recently completed SoNo Collection shopping center.

Even though the nearby Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, a historic home, is closed from January to April, it’s a lovely area to visit for a day in the winter.

This historic district is best explored on foot and with an updated map so prepare for a lot of cardio exercises.

Recommended Hotel Nearby: The Lloyd Stamford, Tapestry Collection by Hilton

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8. The Sono Collection

The Sono Collection

100 N Water St Norwalk, CT 06854 (203) 299-0701

Developed in 2017, The SoNo Collection is a high-end shopping center in the South Norwalk district of Connecticut.

This shopping center has it all if you’re looking for activities in Norwalk.

The SoNo Collection is a modern shopping experience designed with the modern consumer in mind.

The center, which debuted in the fall of 2019, offers excellent retail options, cutting-edge services, and dining options, all housed in a chic, contemporary setting.

The facility is also the only location in southern Connecticut for both Bloomingdales and Nordstrom.

You can bring your dogs if you desire, as this mall is pet-friendly as long as your pet is on a leash.

Recommended Hotel Nearby: EVEN Hotel Norwalk, an IHG Hotel

9. Calf Pasture Beach

Calf Pasture Beach

Calf Pasture Beach Rd Norwalk, CT 06851 (203) 854-3200

Calf Pasture Beach is a 35-acre park on Long Island Sound that includes a beach, parkland, recreational spaces, a fishing dock, and a cafe.

There’s nothing like a day at the beach if you are looking for cheap activities to do near you.

You can play volleyball, sail, fish, kayak, sunbathe, or enjoy a fun beach day with your family.

All during the season, there are also unique activities planned, from amazing free concerts to classic car exhibitions.

You can also have a relaxed supper of beach food at nearby eateries and sample some of the delectable fresh fish.

To enter the beach, you must have a pass which you can get as you enter the area.

However, if you are a resident, the pass is free and is provided to you.

Recommended Hotel Nearby: Circle Hotel Fairfield

10. Music Theater of Connecticut

Music Theater of Connecticut

509 Westport Ave Norwalk, CT 06851 (203) 454-3883

Music Theater of Connecticut is a well-known theater that hosts a yearly lineup of expert student musicals, is the best acting school, and hosts a prestigious theatrical camp.

If you love shows and theater, add Music Theater of Connecticut to your favorite things to do in Norwalk at night.

They produce several annual student plays and an annual series of Equity productions starring New York professionals.

You’ll never have a dull time watching the shows this theater offers.

Additionally, they provide a conservatory-style School of Performing Arts with acting workshops that are curriculum-based for children in kindergarten through high school.

The theater is pretty small, so be sure to get there early to get the best seats.

Recommended Hotel Nearby: Courtyard by Marriott Norwalk

Related: Things to Do in Connecticut with Kids

11. East Norwalk Historical Cemetery

East Norwalk Historical Cemetery

Norwalk, CT 06855 (203) 866-9271

Established in 1655, the East Norwalk Historical Cemetery is the oldest in Norwalk and is the final resting place of many of the area’s first settlers.

Want to learn about the past settlers of the stunning city of Norwalk?

Add East Norwalk Historical Cemetery to your list of sights to see this weekend if you’re looking for free things to do in Norwalk.

You can find the names of the 31 settlers who founded Norwalk in 1649 listed on a plaque to the First Settlers of Norwalk located at the top of the cemetery.

However, not all of these renowned founders are either known to be buried here or are buried here.

Because of the relatively difficult living conditions in colonial times, gathering enough materials to construct elaborate or durable tombstones took some time.

If you feel hungry after visiting the old cemetery, grab a bite at Post Road Diner, a nearby 24-hour diner that offers tasty American classics.

Recommended Hotel Nearby: Hilton Garden Inn Norwalk

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12. Fairfield County Antique & Design Center

Fairfield County Antique & Design Center

39 Knight St Norwalk, CT 06851 (203) 826-8575

The Fairfield County Antique and Design Center is a multi-dealer area with over 30 antique, art, and fine home furnishings retailers.

Looking for what to do in Norwalk?

There’s nothing like skimming through charming decorations to display inside your home.

If your definition of adventure is exactly that, you will love Fairfield County Antique and Design Center.

You can order numerous antique chairs, vases, mirrors, plates, cabinets, and more.

This antique shop sometimes provides discounts, so stay tuned on their website for more information.

Recommended Hotel Nearby: Amsterdam Hotel

13. City Hall

City Hall

125 East Avenue Norwalk, CT 06851 (203) 854-7701

Located on East Avenue, City Hall is the chief administrative building in Norwalk.

You might wonder why a local government building is among the top places you should visit, but trust me, the City Hall will surprise you.

If you’re looking for cool attractions in Norwalk, this building always puts its best foot forward in providing the most stunning Christmas decorations.

Since this building offers the most stunning lights and decorations, we recommend bringing you cameras and taking photos.

Recommended Hotel Nearby: The Stamford Hotel

Related: Family Beaches in Connecticut

14. BJ Ryan’s Magnolia Room

BJ Ryan’s Magnolia Room

57 Main St Norwalk, CT 06851 (203) 864-6964

Located on 57 Main Street, BJ Ryan’s Magnolia Room is a Cabaret club offering live music, such as broadway jazz, folk, and more.

Why not visit a fun restaurant and club when looking for romantic things to do in Norwalk for couples?

BJ Ryan’s Magnolia Room is an eatery and club featuring delectable dishes, live music, and even comedy nights.

This place will ensure you’ll never have a dull night with your loved one.

We recommend going through I-95, Route 1, and Route 15, Merritt Parkway, as it has a lot of parking space and is less crowded.

Recommended Hotel Nearby: Holiday Inn Express Stamford, an IHG Hotel

15. Center for Contemporary Printmaking

Center for Contemporary Printmaking

299 West Ave #4002 Norwalk, CT 06850 (203) 899-7999

Located on West Avenue, the Center for Contemporary Printmaking is a charming print shop showing guests the printing process.

Curious about the process of printmaking?

Visit the Center for Contemporary Printmaking to satisfy your curiosity.

This shop strives to give visitors a chance to discover more about the process behind the beautiful prints they see.

Their space houses a gallery of exhibits, printmaking studios, and a resource center devoted to fostering, maintaining, and advancing the traditional and modern arts of original prints.

After spending a day learning about printmaking, visit Colony Grill for a bite to eat.

Colony Grill is a nearby restaurant that serves mouth-watering thin-crust pizzas.

Recommended Hotel Nearby: Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa

16. Norwalk Public Library

Norwalk Public Library

1 Belden Ave Norwalk, CT 06850 (203) 899-2780

The Norwalk Public Library is a famous non-profit public local library located at Belden avenue Norwalk.

The Library offers the local community a variety of valuable opportunities in a warm and safe environment to interact, learn, and develop.

The Library is a non-profit establishment and sponsors various activities, like children’s programs at the South Norwalk Branch and Main Library.

Application for a library card can be made in person or online.

However, if you are a resident of Norwalk, you can apply for a card free of charge.

Recommended Hotel Nearby: Hampton Inn & Suites Stamford

17. Sono 1420 American Craft Distillers

Sono 1420 American Craft Distillers

19 Day St Norwalk, CT 06854 (203) 635-2100

Sono 1420 American Craft Distillers is one of the most famous distilleries in Norwalk to receive Double Gold medals twice in a row.

Incorporating hemp seed into their whiskey mash bills for the first time in America, SoNo 1420 is renowned for its ultra-premium, internationally acclaimed spirits.

Plus, their Double Gold award-winning distillery is also where innovation takes place, giving each of their Alcohol a distinctive flavor unique to them.

One of the few distilleries in the world, SoNo 1420, has received two Double Gold medals in a row.

Planning to bring your dog?

No worries, SoNo 1420 is dog friendly.

Recommended Hotel Nearby: Hilton Stamford Hotel & Executive Meeting Center

18. Al Madany Islamic Centre

Al Madany Islamic Centre

1 Union Park S Norwalk, CT 06850 (203) 642-3150

Located on Union Park, Al Madany Islamic Centre is a non-denominational mosque serving Norwalk’s people.

Al Madany Islamic Center devotes itself to Allah and His adored last Prophet Muhammad’s teachings.

Al Madany is a multicultural congregation that exemplifies the traditions and variety of the Islamic ummah.

The Masjid is an active participant in the Norwalk Clergy Association and enjoys positive relationships with various religious organizations in Norwalk.

Some areas, like the prayer hall, are not accessible by wheelchair, so be sure to contact the center to let them know beforehand to be prepared.

Recommended Hotel Nearby: Hyatt Regency Greenwich

19. St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, Norwalk, Connecticut

St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, Norwalk, Connecticut

669 West Ave Norwalk, CT 06850 (203) 866-5546

Located on 669 West Avenue, St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church is one of the oldest Catholic churches serving Norwalk’s people.

The sacred liturgy is where Christ is most visibly presented to people.

The early church, St. Mary Church, seeks to evangelize by restoring the sacred liturgy.

In keeping with the tradition of the Catholic Church, the parish offers both the extraordinary and ordinary forms of the Roman Rite, complete with all of its music and ceremony.

If you want religious reading materials for your children, then be sure to visit the church’s bookstore located behind the church.

20. Veteran’s Memorial Park and Marina

Veteran’s Memorial Park and Marina

42 Seaview Ave Norwalk, CT 06855 (203) 866-8810

Located on Seaview Avenue, Veteran’s Memorial Park and Marina offer locals and visitors a scenic view and designated areas for fun activities.

On 35 acres, Veterans Memorial Park and Marina have a boat launch area, a marina, a playground, jogging and biking trails, other sports-centered fields, and a boating center.

For those with harbor moorings, the Marina also offers dinghy slips and boat slips that can fit up to 20′ vessels.

A stroll esplanade overlooking picturesque Norwalk Harbor is also part of the park.

Bring your food or check out nearby restaurants since grilling and fishing are not allowed in the park.

21. Norwalk Historical Society Mill Hill Historic Park

Norwalk Historical Society Mill Hill Historic Park

2 E Wall St Norwalk, CT 06851 (203) 846-0525

Three structures make up Mill Hill Historic Park, known to be a famous living history museum on East Wall Street.

If you are looking for downtown spots to visit, this is the best place to learn about Norwalk’s historic downtown.

The Mill Hill Historic Park comprises three historic structures, a cemetery, and a colonial herb garden, in one place as a memorial to early Norwalk.

The Town House was used in the early days for various functions, including civic administration and gatherings of particular religious and political groups.

This structure, formerly a portion of his house’s kitchen wing, has been restored as a colonial law office and is full of history as this was one of the few buildings spared by the British.

You can book a tour for a class or students to learn the history of Norwalk.

Recommended Hotel Nearby: Hi-Ho: A Hi-Tech Hotel

22. Wall Street Theater

Wall Street Theater

71 Wall Street Norwalk, CT 06850 (203) 831-5004

Located on Wall Street, Wall Street Theater is a non-profit organization that encourages arts and education and offers a variety of activities.

The Theater can help you host spectacular events thanks to its excellent acoustics, cutting-edge technology, professional AV and lighting, and high-end facilities.

The theater has undergone a complete renovation and now includes a VIP lounge, green room, private conference rooms, and three bar sections that guests can utilize.

Grab a meal before or after you go to Wall Street Theater.

Visit El Idolo Restaurant, a nearby Ecuadorian restaurant with a relaxed atmosphere and tasty meals.

23. The Spread

The Spread

127 Washington St Norwalk, CT 06854 (203) 939-1111

Located on Washington Street, the Spread offers seasonal New American cuisine and drinks in an industrial-chic setting with weekend DJs.

Searching for places to go today that offer tasty dishes?

You will love the Spread.

The Spread’s highly industrialized, modern design exudes a laid-back, welcoming atmosphere.

Inside, each table usually has a vase filled with lovely, vibrant, freshly cut flowers in the middle of it.

The menu also provides the same simplicity as the decor but tastes heavenly.

Try the pan-seared halibut, stuffed jalapenos, fried potato gnocchi, and beef tongue, which is one of the best-selling dishes.

24. Norwalk Community College Art Galleries

Norwalk Community College Art Galleries

188 Richards Ave Norwalk, CT 06854 (203) 857-7000

Located on Richards Avenue, Norwalk, this art gallery features stunning artworks made by college students at Norwalk Community College.

If you are a fan of art, you will love this community college’s art gallery.

The exhibition features a variety of works in drawing, design, painting, photography, ceramics, and sculptures.

Prepare to be amazed by the students’ artworks and listen to their meanings and interpretations.

After viewing the stunning art, head to Pacific Yard House if you’re hungry.

Pacific Yard House is a nearby restaurant with classic American comfort food in a casual setting.

Recommended Hotel Nearby: The J House Greenwich Hotel

25. Norwalk WPA Murals

Norwalk WPA Murals

125 East Ave Norwalk, CT 06856 (203) 854-3200

Located on East Avenue, Norwalk WPA Murals is one of the most important art museums that house important artworks from history.

If you are looking for the best things to do in Norwalk, CT, this place won’t disappoint you.

One of the country’s biggest and most significant collections of restored Depression-era art in the country is found in Norwalk City Hall, which houses WPA murals.

Explore the 31 WPA paintings that have been restored at Norwalk City Hall, as well as other murals, and more than 50 works of art were produced by WPA artists between 1935 and 1941.

The paintings provide a link between history and the present community.

Many programs cater to different demographics, so check out their website to choose the right one.

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25 Best Things to Do in Norwalk, CT for [currentyear]

  • Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum
  • Sheffield Island Lighthouse
  • The Maritime Aquarium
  • Stepping Stones Museum for Children
  • Sheffield Island Ferry
  • SoNo Switch Tower Museum
  • South Norwalk Historic District (SoNo)
  • The Sono Collection
  • Calf Pasture Beach
  • Music Theater of Connecticut
  • East Norwalk Historical Cemetery
  • Fairfield County Antique & Design Center
  • BJ Ryan’s Magnolia Room
  • Center for Contemporary Printmaking
  • Norwalk Public Library
  • Sono 1420 American Craft Distillers
  • Al Madany Islamic Centre
  • St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, Norwalk, Connecticut
  • Veteran’s Memorial Park and Marina
  • Norwalk Historical Society Mill Hill Historic Park
  • Wall Street Theater
  • Norwalk Community College Art Galleries
  • Norwalk WPA Murals

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Capacity is limited to 48 passengers.

The Norwalk Seaport Association has owned, restored and maintained Sheffield Island Lighthouse since 1986 and is the official U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Friends group for the Norwalk Islands.

This three (3) hour excursion begins with a narrated tour of the Norwalk harbor and its three historic Norwalk lighthouses, ending with a one hour stop at Sheffield Island Lighthouse.

Sheffield Island with its historic lighthouse, beaches and wildlife refuge offers abundant summer fun for visitors.

From May through September, visitors can board the Seaport Association's 45-foot C.J. Toth Catamaran for a harbor cruise ending with a one hour stop at Sheffield Island. Tour the Lighthouse, observe wildlife in their natural habitat in the Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge, hunt for shells along the beach, dine on a picnic lunch, play on the lawns around the Lighthouse, and simply have a good time. During this unforgettable adventure tour of Sheffield Island and Lighthouse, you'll step directly from the boat into the past.

The tower section of the Lighthouse is currently closed at this time. We invite our guests to use our newly installed antique telescope to capture magnificent views of the city and Sound.

Round trip time is approximately 3 hours.

Join us for one of the most exciting tours that the Norwalk Harbor Islands area has to offer! Sheffield Island is located in the outer reaches of Norwalk Harbor providing unique views of the city and the surrounding waterways.

Your boat leaves from the Sheffield Island Lighthouse dock located at 70 Water Street in Historic South Norwalk.

Boats sail promptly as scheduled, plan on arriving 30 minutes prior to your scheduled departure. Parking information is available at

When making reservations, leave contact information that will be available for day of trip, including email and cell phone number. If there is a cancellation by our office due to weather conditions, WE WILL NOTIFY YOU VIA EMAIL. Please check your emails before leaving for your event. Tickets are non-refundable unless cancellation by Seaport Association.

Tickets cannot be changed or refunded unless there is a weather cancellation.

Tickets are nonrefundable unless there is a weather cancellation.

Be sure to provide contact information (both email & text) in the event we are forced to cancel due to weather conditions. Seaport cruises comply with all CDC, State and local Covid-19 rules & guidelines.

Sheffield Island Lighthouse and Ferry are available for private and corporate events, please call 203-838-9444 for more information.

Cooler's/Carry-On/Packages MUST fit beneath the seats per USCG Regulations, no exceptions allowed.

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Had an emergency situation that needed a week stay in a hotel in San Jose, CA. Called Priceline (PL) and talked to the rep saying that would like a nice, safe and affordable reservation, the Rep suggested a hotel and I had it booked. After the phone call, I called back immediately (within 5 mins) to cancel the booking and change to a different hotel. I found out that it was in a not so good neighborhood and the hotel got 2 stars rating. I asked for a refund. I was told that PL cannot refund, but will contact the hotel to cancel the reservation and get the refund back. I called PL a few days after. No refund. I called the bank to dispute the charge. No go! I contacted the hotel and the hotel said they gave the refund back to PL. As of today, three months after, I still have not gotten any refund from PL. They took close to 500$ and still have my money. I never even checked in at the hotel or went there... I had used PL before and it was fine until now. Never again and would not recommend anyone else to use them.

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I placed a reservation for a rental car at the airport because there was a high risk of me missing my flight. I searched on several websites and ultimately selected Priceline because in big bold green letters it said FREE CANCELLATION. I even took a screenshot of it. I sprinted through the airport and it turned out I made my flight with just a few minutes to spare. As soon as I got seated on the aircraft, I went to cancel and was told I couldn't. It said non-refundable. Blatant dishonesty.

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Priceline is a bait and switch based travel, app with supposedly great customer service that's horrible. I used the app for a car and hotel, searched for hotels with "Free Parking", got a VIP "special deal" offer during a last minute travel snafu. Then less than an hour later got a better "deal" from Priceline. They wouldn't honor their own price guarantee (NOT allowed on "VIP deals"). Wouldn't do anything about the parking filter error (was told to "read the contract before signing"), so buyer beware of bait and switch. Hotel was supposed to be a 4 star, but was outdated, lacking in modern amenities, no fridge or microwave, tv remote didn't work well. Couldn't cancel remaining nights or changr hotels as it was a prepay! Won't use them again. Doubletree (San Jose airport) hotel wouldn't do anything either (no club credit for nights stayed), as it's a 3rd Party booking.

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Priceline used to have a good reputation. I had used them for hotels, rental cars, and vacations for many years. Unfortunately it looks like this has changed. I recently booked a rental car in Fort Lauderdale for a family vacation. Priceline had the lowest rate with a company called OtoQ. After taking a shuttle to the off-site office, I was told that I would have to purchase their extravagantly priced comprehensive insurance package, since they could not accept my Progressive auto policy. They pointed to a paper posted on the counter describing their auto insurance requirements, which seemed to be specifically worded to exclude ALL personal auto policies. For example, only four auto insurance companies were accepted, minimum liability coverage of $1,000,000, and coverage start date at least three months prior to booking date. The lady at the counter said that no exceptions were permitted, and would not let me speak with a manager, nor would she refund the booking, saying that their policies were available at the time I made the booking. I ended up walking away and booked from another agency. When I called Priceline asking for a refund, they refused, saying that their car rental companies have the right to their own policies. They did not seem to care that the policy details at the rental counter were different from those listed at the time I made the reservation online. I was only able to get a refund by disputing through my credit card and making complaints with the Better Business Bureau and consumer protection agencies. Will not be shopping through Priceline again unless and until they improve their customer service and stop doing business with disreputable vendors. Will stick with Costco Travel or other reputable services.

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When making hotel reservations through Priceline they asked how many adults and children were staying and if any pets were staying in the room with us. I noted 2 adults and 1 dog. We show up to the hotel only to find out that they are not pet friendly. We ended up being out $284 due to the hotel not refunding our payment through Priceline and Priceline did nothing to try and make it right. This is the first and last time I'll ever use Priceline.

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Booked a trip to Greenville, South Carolina on June 1 through Priceline. The room looked old, but didn't look dirty. Our big surprise came when we were on the plane on our way home. We both noticed red spots on our arms and neck and itching. When we arrived home we made an emergency call to our doctor. Guess what??!!-- He diagnosed us with a bad case of Scabies! After many emails back and forth with Priceline I finally got the following email: (I am attaching the actual text of the email): Dear Diana, We appreciate your time in responding to our previous correspondence. We are hoping that you will feel better soon enough. Please note that this kind of reservation provides better savings; however, it also comes with limitations. We thank you for understanding. Sincerely, Janine S. Travel Services Sincerely, Priceline Customer Care Team So apparently, one of the "limitations" and perks of spending less is bringing home Scabies. I guess Priceline doesn't check the cleanliness or have very high standards when it comes to its hotels! THINK TWICE BEFORE BOOKING WITH PRICELINE - YOU MAY GET MORE THAN YOU BARGAINED FOR!

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I booked a reservation through Priceline for myself and my daughter for a one-night stay in Paris from June 14th to June 15th, with confirmation number 197-11253905. The reservation was for two communicating double rooms at the Hotel Eiffel Capitol, with a total cost of $209.29. However, upon arrival, I was informed that the reservation was only for one double room, and they could not provide the communicating double rooms. As a result, I had to purchase an additional room to accommodate my daughter, which cost me an extra $106.02. I have contacted your customer service multiple times to request a refund due to this error on Priceline's part. Each time, I am told that they need to contact the hotel partner to resolve the issue. This has been repeated to me multiple times without any resolution or refund. Despite explaining that their response is repetitive, I have received no refund, only apologies. I am extremely frustrated!

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