Confession: We discovered Norwalk, Conn., by accident, trying to escape the crush of post-holiday traffic on Interstate 95 between New York and Boston. Norwalk is located in Fairfield County, Connecticut’s “gold coast,” but it’s not one of the one-percenter burgs like Greenwich or New Canaan. Nope, Norwalk — once famous for its oyster industry — is a more diverse community. For the visitor, SoNo (or South Norwalk) is the main drawing card: The warehouses and factories along the Norwalk River on Washington Street have been redeveloped as a dining and shopping district, which also includes other attractions, including the Maritime Aquarium. Who knew Norwalk had so much going on — or that Long Island Sound had sand tiger sharks? Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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