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Norwalk, CT, USA

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Norwalk oozes seaside charm

Norwalk is a place of bobbing fishing boats, salt-washed jetties, brick-built lighthouses, and charming stately municipal buildings, and it offers a welcome balance between small-town charm and the vibes of the big city. Norwalk vacation rentals could be quaint waterfront cabins or family-ready duplexes with speedy connections to New York, all of which will offer access to homey oyster shacks, arts centers, pretty coastal walks, and immersive children's museums.

Oysters and old seashores in Norwalk

Norwalk vacation rentals close to the seashore are perhaps the best located in this charming little town. They will offer the perfect base for catching boating excursions across the Long Island Sound, or for hopping between the historic lighthouses of South Norwalk. Oyster eating is ubiquitous here too, with the wealth of homey local seafood joints around the harbor coming alive each September with the annual Oyster festival. Then there are the beautiful dune-backed beaches to explore along the coast, and one of the most acclaimed aquarium exhibits in the whole region.

The attractions of the Atlantic in Norwalk

It's all about enjoying the Atlantic Ocean in Norwalk. Beautiful stretches of wide sand tip the end of South Norwalk at spots like Calf Pasture Beach and Shady Beach, while little oyster shacks shoulder above the salt-washed harbor-side in the heart of the town. Then there's The Maritime Aquarium, arguably the top attraction here, where seals and sharks and even an IMAX theater awaits – it's perfect for the whole family. Meanwhile, regular boat trips leave for handsome Sheffield Lighthouse during the summer, showcasing historic 19th-century maritime architecture and pretty nature trails alike.

Hit Norwalk's beaches in the summer

If you're eager to enjoy long and lazy days wandering the shore, then why not go in search of Norwalk vacation rentals between the months of May and August? That's when the weather is at its best, and when the local beach parks are packed with sunbathing folk. And while Norwalk's coastline is certainly finest during the summertime, the town also looks great in the fall. From early September to October, the climate is still warm and dry, while there are also fun harvest festivals and the annual oyster festival to enjoy.

Wander along the Connecticut coast in Norwalk

As Norwalk spills into the Long Island Sound, it splits into a series of small islands and peninsulas. That means there's plenty of beautiful Connecticut coastline to explore from the doorsteps of many a Norwalk vacation rental. It starts with the wide and powdery sands of Shady Beach, and carries along the secluded shores of Sheffield Island out at sea. If you're really looking to escape the town, then it might be better to head east to the Sherwood Island State Park. This protected reserve has quaint woods, picnic spots, dune habitats, and swaying fields of sea grasses.