Details for Norwalk Visitors Dock

Norwalk Visitors Dock

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Average rating 3.3 stars from 13 reviews

Address 125 East Ave
Norwalk, CT 06851

Phone203-866-8810; 203-849-8823

After hours contact


Facility type

Marina - NO
Club - NO
Fuel - NO
Repair - NO
Municipal - YES
Other - NO


VHF channel



Email contact

Owner, manager


Mr. Mike Griffin


Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - NO

Payment info

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)

Additional info:


Beware exceptionally strong currents, use them to your advantage motoring into them while approaching dock and squeezing inbetween other boats along a multi hundred yard long dock. Please watch your wake!





Tide & current additional info


Approach: 10
Transient dockage: 8
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info:

Dock typesWood - NO
Concrete - YES
Floating - YES
Fixed - NO
T/Alongside - YES
Other - NO

Additional info: No slips, instead two very long docks with generous placement of cleats.

Size restrictionsLOA max: Unknown
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: $3.00/ft (2013-07-22)

Other price info: Day Block, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, is $1.00 per foot.
Night block, 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm, is $1.00 per foot.
Overnight block, 9:00 pm to 9:00 am, is $1.00 per foot.
All fees are payable in cash basis in advance at the time of arrival. Check-in with the dockmaster.
The Visitor's Dock provides a maximum 1 hour free mooring on the north and south section at the discretion of the dockmaster or 1.5 hours with a voucher of $10.00 or more showing goods purchased in Norwalk.

Reported 07/2012, that a boater was refused a free hour to pick up parts at West Marine.


Transient: 0
Total: 0
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: No moorings.

AC power30 amp - YES
50 amp - NO
100 amp - NO

Additional info: Power just added this year. Remember to ask for key at office to padlocks on electric.

Pricing info: $3 for the day; $6 overnight.

Cable TV (and pricing)

Phone hookup (and pricing)

Water (and pricing)

Yes - Signs say do not wash your boat if MLLW is 6 feet. Hoses provided.

Dinghy access

Liveaboard info

Yes - One time $15 camping registration fee for season.


Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:


Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: Note: Dogs are allowed around the marina facilities. 'No Dogs Allowed' signs are a reference to the nearby park, and to the short ramps at the boat dock (carry your dog over the metal ramp for their own safety).

Disability access

Launch service

Pump out

Yes - Pump out is on south end of north most dock that runs along river.





Yes - New Building this year includes showers, etc. Ask for key when registering.








Yes - Wide choice of resturants are available on west bank after a short walk over the bridge. THIS IS A FANTASTIC PLACE TO DOCK AND EAT. Note, it's a smart choice to tie up here, rather than attempt to take a slip right at any of those resturants on the west side. With the various currents and limited length of those slips, best sailboats of any type and larger motor craft use this Norwalk Visitors Dock


Yes - Thats what SoNo is all about!

Hotels or motels

Repair capabilities

Haul out capabilities

Storage facilities

Fishing supplies

Chartering capabilities

Internet access

Boat ramp availability

Yes - $20 weekdays, $25 weekends.


Other services


Reviews for Norwalk Visitors Dock
Not your average overnight dock. It's better!, 2017-06-10
Captain: , St. Marys MD (20)

The long review from 2016-04-01 is spot on. Noise is muffled and adds to the ambience, hardly annoying. Train whistles and clickity clack sounds are all part of the fun of staying here. If you're looking for an idyllic, silent overnight..... go elsewhere. You're in the heart of SONO at the Town Dock with dozens of restaurants and bars to choose from. The overall scene is quite lively with pedestrian, vehicle and river traffic.

IMPORTANT: The review that says that you must wade in off the floating docks to shore at high tide is now incorrect. A 2017 infrastructure improvement corrected this issue 100%.

IMPORTANT: Call ahead for reservations. They'll hold a space for you with a credit card.

I don't understand the complaints about pricing. This is a primo location dock in a region where we paid 3.50 to 4.50 a foot elsewhere for overnight slips. The Norwalk Town Dock is not out of line with market pricing.

Jimmy, the dock manager on duty when we arrived, assisted with dock lines and got us secured and powered up. Most helpful with area recommendations for dining and provisioning. When I phoned earlier in the day to inquire and make a reservation, the staff was responsive and more efficient than most commercial marinas I've encountered.

The facility is two, 200' long docks running parallel to the river. The inner and outer sides are available to tie up. The location is set back from the main channel so the exposure to current is minimal.

AVOID Sonos Seaport Seafood. It's on the waterfront just across from the Visitor's Docks. It looks enticing as you cruise up the river and the dock attendants will not dissuade you from dining there. We found the below average food equal to the inhospitable staff. Sonos has earned its lowly 2.5 star rating on One reviewer wished she could have rated this place a negative 2 stars. You can do better! There are 20+ restaurants in the lively heart of South Norwalk. Yelp is your friend here. Choose carefully.

Night Life Has really picked up, go left after train museum, 2016-04-01
Captain: , Huntington, NY (2311)

Stayed here over a dozen times, and enjoyed each one.

THIS IS A FANTASTIC PLACE FOR FOOD and NIGHT LIFE. Wide choice of resturants are available on west bank after a short walk over the bridge. Note, it's a smart choice to tie up here, rather than attempt to take a slip right at any of those resturants on the west side. With the various currents and limited length of those slips, its advisable sailboats of any type and larger motor craft use this Norwalk Visitors Dock

Two main streets worth of shops in walking distance. The first is about 30 shops ending in a railroad museum, turn left under the railroad bridge and find another main street like area with bars, resturants, live summer entertainment, a drug store, provisions and more. Several of these resturants after the railroad museum are more fun than near the docks. They have fronts designed to open entirely and let the air in when the weather is good and room for live entertainment.

From the dock, the view is a big turnoff, and the reports about it being noisy are entirely true but such noises are mostly muffled, other than the clank clank, clank clank, of the train. None of my guests every complained about the noise, no doubt, because the area is so much worth the visit.

Dock staff are older gentleman very intent on making sure the area stays secure and the boat ramp is run safe. They staff a booth until 1am, claim local police patrol from then until they return in the morning.

Norwalk City Dock, 2015-05-17
Captain: , Marblehead (162)

Convenient for restaurants and CTown grocery, but a bit run down. If you stay for overnight you may use two blocks of 8-hour charge rate which is $1/foot/block.

Excellent access to SoNo restaurants and Aquarium', 2013-08-08
Captain: , Jersey City (111)

This has now become our go-to stop for fine dinning while cruising, while not cheap for 24 hours, the fact that you pay for set 8 hour blocks, means that arriving after 4 pm and leaving before 8 am is only $2/ft. There is both power and water, however if the docks are full, you may be limited to one 30 amp line. We arrived mid week and shared the very long dock with only one other sailboat. Lots of mosquitoes, make sure you either have screens or AC

no "first night free", 2013-07-22
Captain: , Kingman Yacht Center Cataumet, MA (223)

Arrived anxious to have a "free" night. They never heard of it. 1$/ft for each eight hour segment of a day, or 3$/ft/day plus electric. No bargain here.
Close to town, good docks, no water, basic baths.
Can do better at the full svc marinas.

Fair to middlin..., 2012-09-27
Captain: , Mamaroneck, NY (50)

This town dock is easily accessible, fairly decent in price (though not all that cheap for an overnight) and the staff are friendly though not tremendously knowledgable or able to be helpful. The town has loads of good restaurants, a movie theatre and aquarium, so there is the possibility of nightlife. The main problem with an overnight is the noise: from constant traffic over the nearby bridge to police sirens into the night, it was tough to get any sleep. And the industrial setting is, shall we say, not so quaint. Plus it is way up a long channel, so far from the Sound. Would certainly not rush back, though a daytime visit might be acceptable.

pleasant surprise, 2012-09-02
Captain: , Marco Island, FL (1145)

There isn't much of a marina - but it's a short walk into S. Norwalk historic distric and the heads are clean.

Good for short stays, 2011-12-24
Captain: , Huntington (465)

We use this for our day trip to Norwalk for lunch or dinner. Need to be a little careful at low tide. Easy walk to town which has some great places to eat as well as the aquarium.

Norwalk trip, 2011-09-07
Captain: , Red Bank , NJ (275)

Marina is a litle rustic, but has floating docks, not much space for anything sizeable. Dockmaster very pleasant. Very close to town, best location for walking to town.

Noisy, all night, 2011-08-18
Captain: , Bristol, Rhode Island (2761)

Metro-North and Amtrak trains roll across a 107-year-old bridge that's 300 yards away, and all manner of trucks and unmuffled motorcycles parade across an even closer state highway lift bridge who steel plates are perpetually loose.

Facility itself is nice. Good clean showers, proximity to lots and lots of restaurants and pubs. Not much river traffic for good wake protection. As noted below, it's kind of self-service...we got courteous info on the phone the day before, but on approach no one answered a VHF call.

Probably a good bargain for the nighttime rate block (4pm to midnight) at $1/ft., for dinner. Noise factor would make me hesitate to come again for the overnight rate block (midnight to 8 am, another $1/ft.)

Good location for dining but no docking assistance and wet feet, 2010-10-08
Captain: , Marblehead, MA (926)

Very short walk to a variety of attractive restaurants. However, dock attendant provides no docking assistance, at high tide you must wade 10 yards through 18" of water to get on or off the floats, and fee schedule that has three periods (day, evening, and night) that are $1/ft/period (i.e., $3/ft for 24 hours).

Nice place, close to town, 2009-09-28
Captain: , Point Lookout (34)

An easy walk to SONO area, aquarium and IMAX teatre. Cab to railroad was $5 metered. Nice, friendly staff, access to clean showers and toilets. Public park is unsecured after dark, but didn't experience any issues.

Attractions!, 2007-07-12
Captain: , Norwalk, CT (90)

Historic South Norwalk
In the late 1970s, South Norwalk’s downtown business section, including the historic buildings centered on Washington Street, had been slated for demolition. But starting in 1977, a group of progressive minded citizens, including newly elected mayor Bill Collins, turned South Norwalk’s
fortunes around and created Historic SoNo. Now, well into to twenty-first century, SoNo thrives in a way that no one could have imagined, truly a lesson and legend in what far sighted thinking will bring. SoNo, with its delightful mixture of classy and tasteful or just plain homey restaurants, shops, and clubs, combined with museums and galleries, has become integrated with greater Norwalk as well as the harbor and Long
Island Sound beyond. SoNo is anchored by the Maritime Center, which invites visitors of all ages to become immersed in sea life. Exhibits, educational programs, research cruises, and a boat building shop, are topped off by the spectacular IMAX Theatre. The Norwalk Museum on North Main brings Norwalk’s past into a very sharp focus: The Norwalk Hat Factory comes back to life along with locks, 19th century pottery and a traditional hardware store. On the corner of Main and Washington, climb up a flight of stairs to the SoNo Switch Tower Museum, also of 19th century vintage.
Adjacent to the Aquarium, on a bluff overlooking the Norwalk River, is Oyster Shell Park (originally named Oyster Shell Point for the thousands of oyster shells discarded there by Native Americans making Wampum) where trails and walkways wind through marsh grasses, reeds and wildflowers. The park abounds with migratory birds, fiddler crabs and other aquatic life. From this bluff is a view of Norwalk Harbor, “The Jewel of Long Island Sound,” where, besides fifteen marinas, there are 2,700 commercial vessel trips to and fro every year including those of the thriving oyster businesses. And then there are the festivals. In June, the festival season kicks in with a bang, or rather a splash. The Norwalk Harbor Splash emphasizes fun in and around the water with an accent on family and youth with a capital Y. A few sparkling examples:
Have your face painted and join in the Cub Club activities at Black Bear Saloon; Help assemble a life-size humpback whale, great white shark or
harbor seal at the Aquarium; Come face-to-face with life-like dinosaurs then board an amazing 3-D simulated adventure ride on Dinosaur Island; For a celebration of seafood, there’s the Annual Chowder Cook-Of; For a celebration of sounds, music acts with an emphasis on rhythm and
adventure. Then, to top it all off, The Annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Race! Let the good times roll! Also in June, the Norwalk Jazz Festival features the best in traditional, contemporary and Latin jazz. The Annual Sono Arts Celebration actually pre-visioned SoNo in that bi-centennial year of 1976. Climaxing with a parade of giant puppets, this feast of talent brings together the creations of over 150 fine artists and craftsmen surrounded by an atmosphere of music and dance. And finally, the Norwalk Oyster Festival, as venerable as SoNo itself, with internationally known music acts as well as hundreds of arts and crafts booths, sky divers, environmental displays, children's activities and rides, oystering exhibits, vintage vessels, harbor cruises, and food, food, food! Not to far from Sono is The Lockwood-Matthews Mansion located on West Ave. This beautiful Historical Victorian Palace is open to the public.

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