Welcome to Norwalk
Placed along the northern shore of the Long Island Sound and home to a hip and bustling culture, Norwalk, Connecticut is the perfect place to go for a coastal atmosphere with a lively suburban feel. The city is within both the region of the New York Metropolitan Area as well as the Bridgeport Metropolitan Area.
Norwalk was settled in 1649 after Roger Ludlow purchased the land from the native Norwaake (or Naramauke tribe) and was supposedly named after the Algonquin word for point of land: noyank. The railways of the Industrial Era helped Norwalk grow, and eventually, the city developed into the thriving urban center it is today.
Modernized farmhouse properties with spacious land, luxury condos and apartments located in the vibrant heart of SoNo, historic single-family homes—Norwalk is a melting pot of residential architecture that will appeal to nearly every aesthetic.
What to Love
People & Lifestyle
Norwalk melds the laid-back mentality of a serene coastal city with the adventurous and progressive energy of an exciting urban metropolis, making it ideal for people who find themselves craving the best of both worlds. The population skews towards families, but individuals and professionals can easily find their home in this city full of young people and burgeoning opportunities. Anyone who can appreciate tranquil shorelines and colorful nightlife will find themselves well suited for this impressive city.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
In Norwalk, there’s never a shortage of ways to entertain yourself. The city trends towards the unique and the luxurious. Creatives and adventure-seekers, retail enthusiasts, foodies—everyone can find something to love in Norwalk.
You’ll want to make sure you visit SoNo
and its new mall, The SoNo Collection
. This luxury shopping center boasts nearly 100 stores as well as a large number of eateries. You can also browse the unique boutiques of SoNo’s historic streets for a sample of the local best. For groceries, head to Stew Leonard’s
for farm-fresh produce.
SoNo is home to award-winning chefs and restaurants, including The Blind Rhino
, whose menu offers classics like the “El Cubano Rhino.” For a healthy option, head to Naked Greens
. Here, you can build your own salads, wraps, and bowls at this restaurant dedicated to made-fresh menu items and all-natural ingredients.
Things to Do
Norwalk has everything you could imagine, including ample museums, nightlife, historic districts, parks, trails, beaches, theaters, aquariums, cruises, and lighthouse tours. In this effervescent city of opportunities, you’ll never be bored.
A festival with an altruistic heart, the Norwalk NICE Festival
is a large, multi-cultural celebration that has a focus on encouraging all walks of life to learn about the varied cultures that make up our society. Through food, performing arts, live music, art displays, and so on, the Norwalk NICE Festival is a unique way to grow close to the community.
The beaches, parks, and trails
at Norwalk are abundant, and each area has a unique character. For example, Mathew’s Park
houses two museums and an arts center, while Cranbury Park’s 227
acres has densely wooded trails, a frisbee golf course, and is home to the historic Gallaher Mansion
Norwalk is home to several excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:
- Columbus Magnet School, K-7, highly-rated public school
- Center for Global Studies, 9-12, highly-rated public high school
- Brien McMahon High School, 9-12, highly-rated public high school