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Norwalk CT

With approximately 85,000 residents, Norwalk is the sixth largest city in the Connecticut. Residents enjoy the conveniences of from city to living alongside the city’s 1,000 acres of beautiful beaches and green spaces. Appearing in ennui-filled novels like The Catcher in the Rye and The Corrections, locals know Norwalk as a vibrant city with excellent museums and cultural centers. With a dozen public elementary schools and four high schools educating at a high standard, Norwalk is also home to “the most successful city school system in Connecticut” making it an excellent home for families.


Norwalk offers an attractive mix of the urban and rural, with all the services and amenities of a city along with the comforts of coastal living, like the always popular Calf Pasture Beach. A number of large corporations are headquartered in Norwalk, like Xerox and Pepperidge Farm, contributing to a strong local economy. Four Metro-North train stations provide a convenient commute, with three stops along the New Haven line and a fourth station along the Danbury Branch.


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The city covers 23 square miles on land and includes the Norwalk Islands, a string of more than 25 islands that stretch six miles along the coast. The many active neighborhood associations that serve residents ensure an engaged community. East Norwalk encompasses much of the land originally settled in the 17th century, with both the Founding Monument and First Settlers Monument found within the neighborhood. Central Norwalk provides the urban nexus of the city while The Green, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, carves out the area surrounding some of the city’s important landmarks. Cranbury and Silvermine provide a more rural escape for their residents. Merritt Parkway runs along this northern part of town while Route 1 crosses through the center. Route 7 bisects the city and mainly serves as an expressway through Grist Mill Road.

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For the Kids

The Stepping Stones Museum for Children is a perfect venue for exploring and nurturing the curiosity of young learners, with exhibits targeted at visitors in 5 different age groups. The ColorCoaster is the museum’s only permanent exhibit, and provides fun for all ages. Kids with a love of the stage can join classes and camps at Crystal Theatre, while those more musically-inclined can join the Norwalk Youth Symphony. The dedicated staff at the Norwalk Academy of Dance train aspiring ballerinas from ages 3 to 19. For those fascinated by the sea, the Sheffield Island Lighthouse and the Maritime Aquarium are excellent destinations for a family outing. The aquarium features 75 live exhibits and includes 2,700 marine animals. Small in size but big in spirit, the SoNo Switch Tower Museum offers a unique, hands-on experience of railroad history led by a team of enthusiastic volunteers. Pump It Up and the Tumble Jungle are great spots for kids to get active on a rainy day.


Calf Pasture Beach and Shady Beach are popular destinations for fun in the sun. With more than a pristine sandy coast, volleyball, bocce, and baseball fields keep everyone entertained. Calf Pasture Beach also provides boat launches and kayak rentals with the Norwalk Sailing School offering instruction in kayaking, windsurfing, and of course sailing. Veteran’s Memorial Park and Marina covers 35 acres, including bike and jogging paths, sports fields, as well as boat ramps and rentals. Oak Hills Park is an excellent public golf facility that also houses tennis courts and nature trails. While the 150 year old Sheffield Island Lighthouse alone is worth a visit, the 45 minute ferry from South Norwalk makes the journey a true experience with special themes, like acoustic Wednesdays and sunset cruises. Don’t miss the Norwalk Oyster Festival held annually on the weekend following Labor Day; proceeds support the Seaport Association in its educational programs, stewardship, and restoration projects. The festival showcases not only all things oyster, but local food and vendors, and draws famous bands such as The Village People, Los Lonely Boys, members of The Monkees,

Food & Drink

Norwalk CT & Surrounding Area

Top 10 Restaurants

  • Cafe Dolce

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  • Savor

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  • Sedona Taphouse

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  • Sweet Ashley's

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  • Caffe Social

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Shoppers of all stripes can enjoy the variety of stores that Norwalk has to offer, from independent boutiques to larger shopping malls and plazas. SoNo will be the site of a new shopping center to open in 2019, anchored by Nordstrom and Bloomingdale’s. The development joins surrounding local favorites in the area, like friendly Pellegrini Jewelers and the craft masters at Beadworks. Specialty shops like Banksville Designer Fabrics and Fairfield County Antique & Design Center offer everything one needs for the well-appointed home.


The Norwalk Arts Commission’s mission to connect art with the local community can be seen throughout the city in its public art installations, including 31 restored WPA murals from the 1930s. The Greater Norwalk Arts Council organizes First Fridays Art Walks as well as other programs and festivals. The Center for Contemporary Printmaking offers exhibitions, workshops, as well as an artist in residence program. For fans of classic film, the Movies & Mimosas series brings a fun twist to old favorites, returning to Bow Tie Cinemas the first weekend of every month. The Wall Street Theater provides a historic venue for a variety of shows, from concerts to comedy, while the Norwalk Concert Hall and the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra offer a calendar full of classical music performances. Shakespeare on the Sound stages performances of the bard’s work in beautiful Pinkney Park each summer, with special pre-show programming for kids


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The area Norwalk encompasses was purchased by Captain Daniel Patrick and Roger Ludlow in 1640 and first settled in 1649. More than a century later, the town was burned to the ground by the British army during the 1779 Battle of Norwalk. One of the few surviving structures stands today in Mill Hill Historic Park, which is also the site of several buildings from the early 19th century and is overseen by the Norwalk Historical Society. The group organizes a tour through the old graveyard for the Halloween season, as well events throughout the year. The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum is one of the finest remaining examples of Second Empire style country house architecture, built in the 1860s by banking and railroad magnate LeGrand Lockwood. The railroad arrived in town by the middle of the nineteenth century and the modern city of Norwalk was formed in 1913 when Norwalk and South Norwalk were consolidated.


The Sono Arts Fest is Fairfield County’s largest art festival, held in the summer along the beautiful waterfront district. The event includes juried art shows, performing artists, musicians, as well as a variety of food vendors on offer. The annual celebration has included a special Children’s Arts Playground open daily as well as a giant puppet parade created by a dedicated team of creative volunteers.