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Things to do in Norwalk

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Aquarium
“Focusing on Long Island sound, our local aquarium features 34 exhibits with 259 species. The jellyfish exhibit is a favorite and is fun to take picture in front of. The aquarium also features CT's largest IMAX theatre with a good variety of fun, colorful, educational movies.”
  • 30 locals recommend
Museum
“This is a manageable afternoon trip for families with little ones. Interactive displays and lots of room for physical activity, perfect for a cold or rainy day.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Great high end food! tables outside. ask what night they have live music and also half price bottles of wine ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Even if the swimming doesn't impress you (waves are 3-inches high), the view of islands and boats and oyster bed flags is worth a look. Grab a few raw oysters at Ripka's, fresh from the beds just 50 yards out.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Restaurant
“One of my favorite local brunch spots. There's a bloody Mary bar, just saying. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Cafe
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“Based in SoNo, this bakery's breads are sold across southwest Connecticut, as far away as New Haven. Grab a pastry and coffee any day of the week before 2pm. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“A hip noodle bar that's become very popular since opening a few years back, and that stays open until 10 or later.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“...you can arrive by boat, tie up, have dinner and get ice cream next door at the "101" ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
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“This local chain grocery store is very unique, and worth a visit if you have never been. Complete with a petting zoo, singing mechanical animals and characters, and aisles set up like a corn maze; it's sort of Tarantino meets National Lampoon's. Beyond the interesting experience, the food and prices are both really good. We do most of our regular grocery shopping here.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Excellent local pizza place. Its BYOB and doesn’t have a lot of tables inside during the winter so I recommend ordering and picking your meal up to enjoy at home. Our favorites are the margarita pizza, house salad (it's the dressing really), chicken parm, and penne vodka.”
  • 4 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“...because you it is across the street from the Rowayton Market. Sails is a comfortable place to enjoy a fun night out. The separate bar area, which also has tables for dining, is casual.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Seasonal New American dishes & cocktails served in an industrial-chic restaurant with weekend DJs.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Entertainment
“44,000 Square foot mansion nearby in Norwalk---awesome and affordable tours 45 minute and 90 minute tours. Great history summer home of the "Bill Gates" of his time, Legrande Lockwood one of the USA's first millionaires...very well restored with stunning history. A well kept secret.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Bar
“Fun place for families, friends and anyone. Great outdoor sitting area. Nice atmosphere. One of our favorite places”
  • 3 locals recommend
Neighborhood
“TONS of restuarants, night life, Harbor Views, Boat Rides, maritime center!”
  • 4 locals recommend
Bus Station
“South Norwalk MetroNorth train station. Goes from New Haven to New York City.”
  • 3 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“Great high end food! tables outside. ask what night they have live music and also half price bottles of wine ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
“One of my favorite local brunch spots. There's a bloody Mary bar, just saying. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Restaurant
“A hip noodle bar that's become very popular since opening a few years back, and that stays open until 10 or later.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“...you can arrive by boat, tie up, have dinner and get ice cream next door at the "101" ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Excellent local pizza place. Its BYOB and doesn’t have a lot of tables inside during the winter so I recommend ordering and picking your meal up to enjoy at home. Our favorites are the margarita pizza, house salad (it's the dressing really), chicken parm, and penne vodka.”
  • 4 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“...because you it is across the street from the Rowayton Market. Sails is a comfortable place to enjoy a fun night out. The separate bar area, which also has tables for dining, is casual.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Seasonal New American dishes & cocktails served in an industrial-chic restaurant with weekend DJs.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Bar
“Fun place for families, friends and anyone. Great outdoor sitting area. Nice atmosphere. One of our favorite places”
  • 3 locals recommend

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