Calf Pasture Beach/Shady Beach

Calf Pasture Beach Road, Norwalk, CT 06855.

Saltwater beach, swimming, food concession, softball fields, volleyball court, walking paths, playground, miniature golf course, skate park and basketball court. Fishing pier, access pier, car top boat access, picnic area and rest rooms. Admission/parking fee. The nonresident parking fee is $25/car on weekdays before 5 p.m., $30/car on weekends before 5 p.m., and $10 after 5 p.m. Passes are available at beaches.for Contact City of Norwalk for fee schedule and resident and non resident day passes.

Canfield Crossing Subdivision

Canfield Avenue, Norwalk, CT

This small cove-side subdivision with on-site parking for public use of a small car-top boat launch and public viewing area includes a tidal wetland restoration area.From I-95N take exit 16 towards East Ave, take a right onto East Ave. Next take a left onto Cemetary St., CT-136, and then a fairly quick right onto Gregory Blvd and then a quick left onto Old Saugatuck Rd. After .1 miles take a right onto Pine Hill Ave, travel .4 miles and then turn left onto Marvin St. Marvin St. turns slightly to the right and turns into Canfield Ave. Turn left ono Canfield Crossing and the public access site is right before the gate to the subdivision. From I-95s take exit 16 towards East Ave, take a left onto East Ave. Next take a left onto Cemetary St., CT-136, and then a fairly quick right onto Gregory Blvd and then a quick left onto Old Saugatuck Rd. After .1 miles take a right onto Pine Hill Ave, travel .4 miles and then turn left onto Marvin St. Marvin St. turns slightly to the right and turns into Canfield Ave. Turn left ono Canfield Crossing and the public access site is right before the gate to the subdivision.

Center for Contemporary Printmaking

299 West Ave, Norwalk, CT 06850.

(I-95 Ex. 14 N/ Ex. 15 S) (203) 899-7999. Located in the Lockwood-Mathews 19th century carriage house, CCP was established to support and encourage emerging and professional artists in the creation of original prints and to educate the community in the appreciation of prints and printmaking. CCP offers both traditional techniques as well as modern technologies. Tues.-Sun.  9-5 

Center for Contemporary Printmaking

299 West Ave., Norwalk, CT 06850.

(I-95 Ex. 14 N/ Ex. 15 S). (203) 899-7999. Located in a 19th c. stone carriage house, dedicated to the art of the print including: intaglio, lithography, monotype, silkscreen, woodblock printing, paper works, book arts, and digital arts. The Center offers workshops, edition printing with master printers, exhibitions in the Grace Ross Shanley Gallery, community, and Artist-in-Residence Programs. Mon.- Sat. 9- 5; Sun. noon – 5.

Community Beach

Rowayton Avenue, Norwalk, CT

Community Beach is a small beach along the Five Mile River in Norwalk. Great place for watching boats. From the East: Take I-95 South. Take the Route 136/Tokeneke Road exit which is exit 12. Turn right onto Tokeneke Road/Route 136. Continue to follow Route 136 for 1.58 miles. Stay straight to go onto Rowayton Avenue. Community Beach should be on your right. From the West: Take I-95 North. Take the Route 136/Tokeneke Road exit 12 to Rowayton and continue 0.14 miles. Turn right onto Tokeneke Road/Route 136 and continue to follow Route 136 for 1.58 miles. Stay straight to go onto Rowayton Avenue. Community Beach should be on your right.

Constitution Park

Goldstein Place and Fort Point Street, Norwalk, CT

Constitution Park is a small park along the Norwalk Harbor across from the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk. Great place to watch barges, rowers and other boats. From the East: Take I-95 South to exit 16 to East Norwalk 0.14 miles. Take the US-1 ramp. Keep left at the fork in the ramp. Turn left onto East Avenue and continue 0.49 miles. Turn right onto Van Zant Street/Route 136. Continue to follow Route 136 and continue 0.51 miles. Turn right onto Goldstein Pl. The park is on your left at the end of the parking lot. From the West: Take I-95 North to exit 16 to East Norwalk and continue 0.11 miles. Keep right at the fork in the ramp. Turn right onto East Avenue and continue 0.69 miles. Turn left onto Sea View Avenue and Constitution Park is across the street from Veterans Memorial Park.

Dolce Norwalk

32 Weed Ave., Norwalk, CT 06850.

(203) 852-7300. Only 45 minutes from New York City and 25 minutes from Westchester County Airport, Dolce Norwalk offers guests an idyllic retreat nestled on 66 acres. Sophisticated guest rooms and expansive indoor and outdoor venues makes this hotel a favorite of business and leisure travelers alike.

Harborview/T.J. Marina

Cove Avenue and ThiRoad Street, Norwalk, CT

A waterfront walkway along the east side of the Norwalk Harbor is open to the public at Harborview/T.J. Marina. Activities:Bird and Wildlife, Fishing, Walkways.: Environment, Harbor Setting, Intertidal Flat, Tidal Wetland. From the East: Take I-95 South. Take exit 16 to East Norwalk 0.14 miles. Take the ramp to US-1. Keep left at the fork in the ramp. Turn left onto East Avenue and continue 0.76 miles. Turn left onto Sea View Avenue and continue 0.06 miles. Sea View Avenue becomes 1st Street, follow for 0.08 miles. Turn right onto Cove Avenue and continue 0.10 miles. From the West: Take I-95 North to exit 14 to South Norwalk and continue 0.17 miles. Turn right onto Fairfield Avenue and continue 0.39 miles. Fairfield Avenue becomes West Washington Street and continue 0.40 miles. West Washington Street becomes Route 136/Fort Point Street and continue 0.21 miles. Turn right onto Sea View Avenue and continue 0.39 miles. Sea View Avenue becomes 1st Street and continue 0.08 miles. Turn right onto Cove Avenue. On street parking.

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Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum

295 West Ave., Norwalk, CT 06850.

I-95 Ex. 14N/15S.  (203) 838-9799. The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, a National Historic Landmark since 1971, the Mansion is regarded as one of the earliest and most significant surviving Second Empire Style country houses in the United States. Built between 1864 -1868 by renowned financier and railroad baron LeGrand Lockwood, the Mansion illustrates magnificently the splendor of the Victorian era with its unparalleled Gilded Age interiors and furniture. During the season, full tours at the Mansion are $10 adults, $8 seniors, $6 children & young adults ages 8 -18. Free admission for children under 8. Guided tours are 12 -4, Wed.-Sun. Last tour starts at 3 p.m.