"It's all within an easy walk of the [train] station too – including The Maritime Aquarium, the one relatively new building in the group and the one that enables grownups to enjoy browsing and shopping while still entertaining the children."

– The New York Times

Visit the Aquarium

Sea Star Fun Fact

Try not to call these cool shoreline creatures "starfish." Sea stars aren't fish, so the proper name is "sea star."  (Similarly, call them jellies, not jellyfish.)

Area Attractions/Hotels & Packages

What Else is in SoNo?

Washington StThe Maritime Aquarium is in the heart of the historic waterfront neighborhood of South Norwalk, affectionately called SoNo. This busy area is alive with boutiques, cafes, and eclectic shops by day; movie theaters, nightclubs and fine restaurants by night. SoNo's eateries and shops are just a short walk from The Maritime Aquarium.

For more information about SoNo visit these web sites: Visit SoNoSoNo Design District and for dining options, Taste SoNoVisit SoNo's Facebook Page to help plan your visit.

pdf2017 SoNo Walking Map.pdf

Learn more about attractions and events in Coastal Fairfield County at www.visitFairfieldCountyCT.com.

Norwalk Seaport Association
 Founded in 1978, the Norwalk Seaport Association is lower Fairfield County’s most active nonprofit organization devoted to maritime preservation, education and the area’s seafaring heritage. It maintains the Sheffield Island Lighthouse, offers summer boat rides out to the lighthouse and also sponsors the city's annual Oyster Festival each second week of September.

Stepping Stones Museum for Children Named one of America's Top 50 Children's Museums, it features interactive exhibits, educational programs and fun for the whole family.

Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum One of the earliest and finest surviving Second Empire Style country houses ever built in the United States. Tours are available.

A riverfront footpath in Oyster Shell Park links the Aquarium to the grounds of the mansion and children's museum.


About Norwalk, CT

You can go to the City of Norwalk's website for more information about Norwalk at www.norwalkct.org. You also can check out the local Norwalk paper: The Hour. Online news from and about Norwalk also can be found at The Norwalk Daily Voice, the Hamlet Hubs for SoNo and Norwalk, and Norwalk Patch.

To learn more about what else there is to do in Fairfield County, visit FC Buzz.


Visit Connecticut

The state of Connecticut has much to offer. Turn your visit to The Maritime Aquarium into a weekend or weeklong vacation. For all you can do in Connecticut, visit the state's official tourism site: ctvisit.com.


Hotels and Packages

If you’re making your visit to The Maritime Aquarium part of an extended trip, you’ll need a place to stay. The hotels listed below offer their guests either discounted Aquarium admission vouchers or packages that include Aquarium vouchers.

The Hampton Inn
(203) 748-6677

Even Hotel (855) 879-3836
Hilton Garden Inn (203) 523-4000
Courtyard by Marriott 
(203) 849-9111
Doubletree (203) 853-3477
Hotel Zero Degrees (203) 750-9800

Courtyard by Marriott
(203) 929-1500
The Hampton Inn (203) 925-5900

Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa (800) 228-9290
Courtyard by Marriott downtown Stamford 
(203) 358-8822
The Hilton Stamford Hotel (888) 501-4598
Hotel Zero Degrees (203) 363-7900
Crowne Plaza Stamford Hotel (203) 359-1300

(203) 259-2800

The Westport Inn (203) 557-8124

Westchester County, NY
Renaissance Westchester Hotel (888)-236-2427


Metro-North Package
SAVE and Go Green

Metro-North Railroad offers a package through its One-Day Getaways that includes discounted rail service to South Norwalk station and admission to The Maritime Aquarium and an IMAX® movie. For details, call 1-800-METRO-INFO or visit their site for more information follow this link: Metro-North

Metro North Railroad Package


Norwalk's public dock is just across the river from our dock. Join us on a cruise to learn what's under your keel, or spot seals or experience the first hybrid-electric research vessel in the U.S.A. There is plenty here for a weekend trip. Check out this travel story by New England Boating, Report from the field: Norwalk, CT.

Local Restaurant Deals:

Extend your Norwalk visit with a meal in a nearby eatery. Show your receipt and save!

Donovan's 138 Washington St., save 10% with Aquarium receipt.

Quartina 120 Washington St., save 10% with Aquarium receipt.

Naked Greens 45 N. Main St., save 10% with Aquarium receipt.

Bogey's Grille and Tap Room 2 Wilton Ave., save 10% with Aquarium receipt.

Johnny Utah's 80 Washington St., save 15% with Aquarium receipt.

Local 68 Washington St., save 15% with Aquarium receipt.

Prime Burger 74 North Main St., save 10% with Aquarium receipt.