South Norwalk is a neighborhood in Norwalk that combines a scenic waterfront atmosphere with vibrant dining, shopping, and entertainment offerings.
In its early days, the neighborhood was known as “Old Well,” before it was eventually chartered as the city of South Norwalk in 1870. It was officially incorporated on June 6, 1913, and is currently Norwalk’s Second Taxing District.
Also referred to as “SoNo,” South Norwalk is considered one of the most enjoyable neighborhoods in the region, with its terrific collection of nightlife venues, must-visit bakeries and restaurants, unique shops and galleries, and fun attractions.
What’s in South Norwalk?
- History buffs will be delighted to learn that South Norwalk is home to several landmarks listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Some of the places you can visit are the Hanford Place Historic District, the Norwalk River Railroad Bridge, South Main and Washington Streets Historic District, and the Beth Israel Synagogue.
- Originally established way back in 1889, Donavan’s is Norwalk’s oldest known pub. Located at the corner of Washington and Walter Street, the restaurant continues to delight countless diners with their mouthwatering half-pound burgers, award-winning New England Clam Chowder, and superb selection of salads, sandwiches, appetizers, and pub fair.
- SoNo boasts a wide array of cultural and educational destinations. Some interesting places you can visit are the SoNo Field House, Haviland Street Gallery, the Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Muse Paintbar, and the Lockwood-Matthews Mansion Museum.
- Take your kids to the Maritime Aquarium, which features a fascinating collection of stingrays, sharks, sea turtles, jellyfish, lobsters, seals, and other marine species. The family-friendly attraction is also home to the largest IMAX theater in Connecticut.