Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk

10 North Water St., Norwalk, CT 06854.

(203) 852-0700. This nationally recognized aquarium puts you nose-to-nose with sharks, seals, river otters, sea turtles, jellyfish and more than 1,000 other marine animals from Long Island Sound and its watershed. Touch tanks with crabs, sea stars, sharks, rays, jellyfish and more. Plus, the largest IMAX® movie theater in Connecticut. Animal encounters during study cruises aboard America's only hybrid-electric research vessel. Educational programs. Special exhibits. Facility Rentals. Daily 10-5, July & Aug. til 6 pm. Closed Thanksgiving & Christmas Day.

Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk

10 North Water St., Norwalk, CT 06850.

(203) 852-0700, ext. 2206. Sail the waters of Norwalk Harbor and Long Island Sound year round with the Aquarium's marine science educators to learn about life above and below Long Island Sound.

Maritime Aquarium Park

10 N. Water Street, Norwalk, CT

Outside the Maritime Aquarium there is a nice pavilion on the water and educational signage. Visitors can fish from the public access pier. From the East: Take I-95 South. Take exit 16 to East Norwalk and continue 0.14 miles. 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 for 0.70 miles. Turn left onto North Water Street/Route 136. 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 0.38 miles. Turn left onto North Water Street. Parking Lot.

Norwalk Concert Hall

125 East Ave., Norwalk, CT 06856.

City Hall.  I-95, Ex. 16. 203-854-7701. Performance venue offers a wide variety of professional entertainment including: symphony orchestras, choral groups, jazz, popular music, comedy and family shows.

Norwalk Historical Society

2 East Wall St., Norwalk, CT 06851.

I-95 Ex. 16. (203) 846-0525. The Society maintains three historic buildings and cemetery at Mill Hill Historic Park: Town House(1835), Gov. Thomas Fitch Law Office(1740), & the Little Red Schoolhouse (1826). Jun. -Oct. Sun. 1-4. Adults: $5., Children (3-11) & Sr.: $3, under 3: free.

Norwalk River Valley Trail

203-563-0180, Norwalk, CT

The Norwalk River Valley Trail (NRVT) project aims to build 38 miles of multi-purpose trail connecting Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk, Connecticut, and Rogers Park in Danbury, passing through Wilton, Ridgefield, and Redding on the way. In addition to creating recreational opportunities for walkers, hikers, cyclists, kids, pets and - on some stretches - equestrians. Some sections of the NRVT are already open and in daily use. In Norwalk, you can walk or ride from Union Park to the Maritime Aquarium, and from New Canaan Avenue to Broad Street. In Wilton, there is NRVT from Center Street, through Merwin Meadows and Lovers Lane Open Space to School Road. In Wilton there is 0.5 miles of "demo trail" going from Route 7 at Wolfpit Road to Raymond Lane.

Norwalk Symphony Orchestra

83 Wall St., Suite 1, Norwalk, CT 06850.

(203) 956-6771. Professional Orchestra of passionate musicians present a mélange of musical performances. Pre concert talks a highlight. Music education and activities are offered for all ages. Symphony concerts held at Norwalk Concert Hall at Norwalk City Hall, 125 East Ave., Norwalk, CT 06851.

Oyster Shell at Heritage Park

Putnam Avenue, Norwalk, CT

Take a leisurely stroll along the water and observe wildlife at Oyster Shell at Heritage Park. Educational signs are posted along the walkway and there is plenty of parking. It is directly adjacent to the Maritime Aquarium Park. Parking Lot. From the East: Take I-95 South. Take US 7 North via exit 15 and continue 0.21 miles. Take the ramp to Maritime Center, and continue for 0.12 miles. Turn slight left to take the ramp to Maritime Center. Turn left onto West Avenue and continue 0.22 miles. Turn left onto Ann Street, follow for 0.25 miles. Turn left onto Putnam Avenue and follow along waterfront to small parking area. From the West: Take I-95 North. Take the exit 14 to South Norwalk and continue 0.17 miles. Stay straight to go onto Reed Street and continue 0.37 miles. Turn left onto Putnam Avenue.

Shakespeare On The Sound

P. O. Box 15, Norwalk, CT 06853.

P. O. Box 15. (203) 299-1300. Free outdoor summer Shakespeare Festival with performances in Pinkney Park, 177 Rowayton Ave., Rowayton. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. The parks is open for blankets at 4 p.m. and space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. The show ends at approximately 10 p.m. A limited number of reserved seats available with advance reservations. Tues. – Thurs. nights free. Fri. & Sat. Adm.

Stepping Stones Museum for Children

303 West Ave., Norwalk, CT 06850.

Mathews Park. I-95, Ex. 14N/15S. (203) 899-0606. Award-winning exhibits and interactive experiences for the whole family inspire lifelong learning. Five hands-on galleries, daily programs and performances, rotating special exhibits, an open-air enclosed courtyard, café and retail store. Every day 10 am-5 pm Memorial Day to Labor Day; Tues. – Sun. 10 am – 5 pm Labor Day to Memorial Day. Adm.