Norwalk, CT is a vibrant, diverse city of seacoast commerce, education and industry that graces Long Island Sound. The sixth largest city in Connecticut and the third largest in Fairfield County, Norwalk attract families and singles who want to enjoy its quiet beauty while still being close to what the entire Gold Coast of Connecticut has to offer.
Fishing and the farming of oysters has long been important to Norwalk, which was once nicknamed “Oyster Town.” Each September, Norwalk holds its annual Oyster Festival at the Norwalk harbor, similar to many state fairs.
Norwalk encompasses 36 square miles, of which nearly a third is water. Its neighborhoods range from brick apartment buildings to college dorms, old factory streets and transformed warehouse lofts, yacht havens and golf courses; its people represent nations and languages from all around the world. About 25% of Norwalk residents were born in another country and have come here to make their home.
A centerpiece in SONO is the Maritime Aquarium, a major East Coast aquarium that specializes in displaying the marine life and ecology of Long Island Sound. East Norwalk and Saugatuck, favorite locations for commuters, both offer easy access to Metro-North railroad for an easy commute to Stamford, New Haven and New York City. Also, public transportation is provided by the Norwalk Transit District’s “Wheels” buses throughout neighboring Norwalk and Westport.
In addition to the popular Oyster Festival, the annual summer SoNo Arts Celebration and September’s Norwalk Boat Show are hugely popular with residents and visitors alike. Recreation abounds in ten beautiful parks, especially the 190-acre outdoor Cranbury Park and scenic Calf Pasture Beach. A visitor’s favorite is the historic Lockwood-Mathews Mansion and museum, one of the oldest and finest surviving Second Empire style country houses ever built in the United States.
Great shopping is seen all along the entire Fairfield County coastline, where you can find large chains such as Old Navy, Wal-Mart, Kohl’s, Costco, and Home Depot. Norwalk also offers the factory outlets in East Norwalk, and many hand-made and unique items are found in SoNo’s trendy boutiques.
Several avenues of higher education are offered via Norwalk Community College, Gibbs College and the University of Phoenix.
Norwalk is home to many corporate headquarters such as Dooney & Bourke, Kayak.com, Pepperidge Farm, Priceline.com and the famous Stew Leonard’s dairy store whose flagship store is located on Westport Avenue.