Locations: Norwalk, Rowayton, Weston and Wilton
This tour begins in Norwalk. Take exit 15 off of I-95 south, take a right off the exit onto West Ave., the entrance to Matthews Park to see Lockwood Matthews Mansion, The Center for Contemporary Print Making, Stepping Stones Museum for Children, Pine Island Cemetery and Devon's Place. To reach the Maritime Aquarium, take a left on West Ave., at the split in the road of West Ave. and North Main St., bear left on to North Main Street, take your first left on Ann St., at the junction of Ann St. and North Water St., take a right onto North Water St. The Maritime Aquarium is on the left and a parking garage is on the right. For alternative parking at the IMAX Theater and for the Sheffield Island Lighthouse Dock continue on North Water St. for .8 mi to the parking area on your left. To reach the SONO Switch Tower, continue to walk along North Water St., take your first right on Washington St. To get to the Norwalk Museum, continue to walk up Washington St., at the junction of Washington St. and North Main St., take a right on North Main St., the Museum is a short walk along North Main St. To pick up your car, continue your walk on North Main St., take a right on Ann St., and a left on North Water St. to the parking areas. To get to Rowayton, take North Water St. (left out of parking areas), at the junction of Washington St., North Water St. and Water St./Rte. 136 North, proceed straight on Water St./Rte. 136 North to Rowayton. Please note that Rte. 136 has many name changes along the way including: Meadow St., Wilson Ave., Highland Ave., McKinley St., and Rowayton Ave. To continue your tour, retrace your steps along Rte. 136 South. At the junction of Washington Street, Water St. and North Water St., take a left on Washington St., a right on North Main St., at the junction of North Main St. and West Ave., go straight on West Ave. toward the Lockwood Matthews Mansion. To reach the Mill Hill Historic Park, pass the Lockwood Matthews Mansion, continuing on West Ave., take a right on Wall St., Mill Hill Historic Site is on your right. To see the WPA Murals at the Norwalk City Hall, continue on Wall St., at the junction of Wall St. and East Ave., take a right on East Ave. Retrace your steps along East Ave,, at the junction of East Ave., Rte. 53 and Rte. 1 continue Straight on Rte. 53 North (Newtown Rd.). At the fork of Chestnut Hill Rd. and Newtown Rd., bear left on Rte. 53 North/Chestnut Hill Rd. After the junction of Rte. 106 and Rte. 53 N, bear right to continue on Rte. 53 North (Cedar Rd.). At the junction of Rte. 57/Rte. 53, continue on Rte. 57/Rte. 53 North, at the split of Rte. 57 and Rte. 53, bear right on Rte. 53 North. At the junction of Rte. 53, and Godfrey Rd., take a left on Godfrey Rd. West, and a right on Pent Rd. to the parking area of Devil’s Den. To continue your tour, at the junction of Pent Rd. and Godfrey Rd., take a right on Godfrey Rd. At the junction of Rte. 57 (Georgetown Rd.) and Godfrey Rd., take a right on Rte. 57 north. At the junction of Rte. 57/ Rte. 107, take a left to continue on Rte. 57/107. To reach Weir Farm at the junction of Rte. 57 and Rte. 7, take Rte. 7 north. Turn left onto Route 102 west, take 2nd left onto Old Branchville Rd., turn left at first stop sign onto Nod Hill Road, follow Nod Hill Road one mile to the parking area on the left. To continue your tour, retrace your steps to Rte. 7 and head south through Wilton. Continue on Rte. 7 south to the Merritt Pkwy orr I-95 where this loop began In Norwalk.
Special Notes: Note: for this part of your tour, it is best to Park and walk to the Maritime Aquarium, IMAX Theater, Dock for Sheffield Lighthouse, SONO Switch Tower and Norwalk Museum while exploring scenic SONO, Norwalk’s version of NYC’s SOHO. To get to the Norwalk Museum, continue to walk up Washington St., at the junction of Washington St. and North Main St., take a right on North Main St., the Museum is a short walk along North Main St.