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17 Things to Do in Norwalk This Winter

Looking to get out of the house, get out of the cold, and get into some fun things to do this winter? Look no further than Norwalk! Whether you want something active or relaxing, historic or trendy, we’ve got you covered!

Artful Adventures
  • Wall Street Theater, 71 Wall St., showcases professional music, comedic, dance, and stage performances from nationally recognized names, as well as local talent and organizations. The 700-seat theater underwent a $10 million-dollar renovation to restore this national historic landmark to its original glory.
  • The Norwalk Film Festival, takes place each January with events at the Wall Street Theater, Norwalk Public Library and Spacecat Brewing. It features 60+ screenings of documentaries, narratives, shorts, and more – many by Connecticut filmmakers. The Festival also includes informative and educational panel discussions, and the awarding of the Festival’s Standing Ovation Award.
  • Norwalk Concert Hall at Norwalk City Hall, 125 East Avenue, is the home of the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra. This beautiful and historic venue has excellent acoustic properties and is a perfect place to enjoy live music.
  • The Norwalk Art Space, 455 West Ave., is an exciting new museum and hub for the arts. Its mission is to promote under-represented local artists, offer free art classes to under-served students and provide the public with a welcoming space to enjoy art and music. The Art Space Cafe is operated by acclaimed chef and restaurateur Bill Taibe and his team, and offers carefully crafted coffees, teas, pastries, and lite fare.

Comfort Food
  • The Restaurant at Rowayton Seafood, 89 Rowayton Ave., offers waterfront dining year round. It’s an upscale culinary experience in a low-key, relaxing atmosphere, with traditional seafood fare such as oysters, chowder, and lobsters, alongside innovative, seasonal dishes.
  • Mecha Noodle Bar,at 116 Washington St. is the place where you can slurp your way through some of Asia’s most delicious dishes. They refer to themselves as an American-Vietnamese-Japanese-Thai-Chinese-Korean-New England-Momofuku-Totto-and-Ippudo-inspired restaurant.
  • Tavern at GrayBarns, 194 Perry Ave., is a country-style boutique inn that hosted Hollywood icons Elizabeth Taylor and Eddie Fisher on their honeymoon and received frequent visits from Spencer Tracy. True to its history, GrayBarns on the Silvermine River has remained the ideal setting to unite city slickers, international travelers and the local community over food and libation, relaxation and leisure. It offers farm-to-table dishes and an intimate dining experience.
  • Oak & Almond, 544 Main Ave., imparts an earthy quality to many of its menu items, with oak and almond hardwoods fueling the wood burning oven and stove. Artisan ingredients are prepared simply and with respect. The wine program highlights biodynamic and organic selections, which complement the integrity of the menu. Hand-rubbed walnut tables, industrial fixtures, and an open kitchen provide a modern yet warm dining experience.

What’s Brewing
  • Spacecat Brewing Company, 57 Chestnut St., is constantly rotating a menu of inspired, freshly crafted lagers and ales. Spacecat is located in the historic J. & J. Cash textiles mill in South Norwalk. Pull up a seat and enjoy a cold beer in the taproom, featuring wrap-around views into the state-of-the-art manufacturing space.
  • East Coast Kombucha Company, also at 57 Chestnut St., is an artisanal brewer of organic, probiotic-packed kombucha (fermented tea). They use only the finest ingredients (locally sourced whenever possible), with a portion of sales donated to local charities. Visit the spectacular brewery and taproom, located just steps away from the SoNo train station and a few minutes from The SoNo Collection shopping center.
  • Sono 1420: America’s Maritime Distillery, 19 Day St., is an innovative, double-gold award-winning distillery known for its small-batch, handmade, ultra-premium whiskeys, vodkas, ready-to-drink cocktails, and botanical gins. SoNo 1420 is America’s first distillery to incorporate milled hemp seed into its whiskey mashbills, providing a wonderful nutty taste and exquisitely smooth flavor profile. BLAZE, another double-gold award winner, is a real bourbon drinkers’ cinnamon bourbon. The tasting room evokes a prohibition-era vibe.
  • Allora Coffee and Bites ,located in The Waypointe at 515 West Ave. (intersection with Orchard St.) is a specialty coffee shop serving locally roasted , hand-crafted coffee and clean, delicious food, in a space that transports you to the coast of Italy.  
Family Fun
  • The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, 10 N. Water St., is where you can come nose to nose with varieties of sharks (big and small), harbor seals (in an enormous new habitat), sea turtles, stingrays, game fish, jellies, crabs, lobsters, mollusks, and other fun animals, from tamarins to meerkats. The Aquarium’s 4D cinematic experience sends the action spilling off the two-story screen and over the audience with thrill-enhancing sensory special effects, such as scents, bubbles, wind, mists, and more.
  • Stepping Stones Museum for Children in Mathews Park, 303 West Ave., is the playtime place designed especially for children ages 10 and under. Kids learn by doing in all of the museum’s experiences, exhibits and events.
  • Panic Room, 37 North Ave., #107, puts a unique twist on escape room entertainment by combining elements of team building, brain busting, and psychological training – with an incredible plot that will leave you fully immersed in the experience! Participants have a mission objective in each storyline where they will be constantly challenged by sophisticated puzzles and devilishly clever clues along the way. The experiences have been designed for groups made up of families, friends, co-workers and yes, even strangers.
  • Bowlero Bowl, 701 Connecticut Ave., is a black-light bowling, retro-inspired hangout, additionally powered by interactive arcade games, signature cocktails, and a menu of oversized shareables.
  • Another option is Pinstripes, located at The SoNo Collection, 100 N. Water St. If you’re looking for a unique spot to connect with your family and friends, Pinstripes bowling alley and bocce courts are the place to be. Enjoy their full-service Italian/American bistro food and beverage menu while you’re rolling.

Wishing you a warm and wonderful winter,

Visit Norwalk