Boating in Norwalk, Connecticut
Historic Charm with a Modern Twist
This city, originally chartered as a city in 1651, has a long history of being a great seaport for visitors. Many of the buildings in the city are historically restored or preserved. Oyster farming has been big in Norwalk since before 1880, when the city had its largest fleet of steam-powered oyster boats. History is not all this Connecticut town has to offer though. Many of Connecticut's best restaurants and nightlife centers are located in SoNo (South Norwalk), which is the young at heart part of Norwalk. There are modern shops and restuarants up and down the streets.
What to do
If you have children, the Stepping Stones Museum for Children comes highly recommended. the museum offers engaging and educational exhibits and experiences that give children, families and educators twice the space to discover, learn and grow. (303 West Avenue, 203-899-0606, www.steppingstonesmuseum.org/)
The Maritime Aquarium is a great place for the whole family to enjoy. See all your favorite water animals and many other animals too. They rotate special exhibits (from May 26-Labor Day 2012 they have an albino alligator!). There is also an IMAX theater which features great informative and cool videos about animals. (10 North Water St., 203-852-0700, www.maritimeaquarium.org/).
If you just want to walk around and enjoy the life of Norwalk, we recommend a walk/drive/bike to SoNo. Here is where all the main shopping and dining in Norwalk are located. Browse through shops or grab a bite to eat. There is plenty to do and see in this historically modern part of the city.
Where to dine
Valencia Luncheria is a delicatessen serving up Latin American specialties in generous portions for prices that cannot be beat. Go for all meals of the day and delight in the friendly ambiance and staff. Try the arepas and the empanadas, they are some of the favorites of the restuarant! (164 Main St., 203-846-8009, www.valencialuncheria.com/).
Strada 18 is an Italian inspired restuarant which offers delicious hand-made pizza and other Italian cuisine. One of the best restuarants in SoNo, it is a great place to have drinks with friends or savor the delicious, fresh ingredients the chef uses in all his dishes. We recommend the fresh made pasta and pizzas. (122 Washington St, 203-853-4546, www.strada18.com/).
If you're looking for something a little more exotic, try Village Gourmet. This restaurant boasts appetizing Chinese fare for a great price. The staff and dining room are warm and inviting. Just going to their website and seeing the pictures will make your mouth water! (22 Chestnut Hill Road, 203-849-8788, www.villagegourmetct.com/).
Where to dock
Norwalk Cove Marina, Inc. is located in East Norwalk near the mouth of Norwalk's harbor. Norwalk Cove Marina is the largest marina facility in the area it has a Full Service department with hauling capacity up to 150 tons. ValvTect Gas & Diesel fuel are available at their fuel dock and there are more than 400 slips available. There is a full marine store and gift boutique located by the fuel dock, restaurants and museums in nearby historic South Norwalk, and 'Captain's Cup' coffee shop with pastries and desserts as well as daily newspapers. On site is a seasonal waterfront restaurant and Mini Golf course.