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In this edition of Travel with Val, Valarie D’Elia talks about a great way to spend a Friday night in August, sailing along the Connecticut coastline.
This harbor cruise can be considered Norwalk’s version of Friday Night Lights.
To kick off the remaining August weekends, a Norwalk Seaport Association ferry embarks on a two-hour sunset cruise past the islands and lighthouses that dot the shoreline.
"You don’t really know we have this sort of stuff in Norwalk, the islands and all of this beauty," said Dan Wellen, Norwalk Seaport Association. "Last year the house that was there was completely knocked down by Hurricane Sandy along the pier."
The cruise is narrated for a good portion of the trip, and although family oriented, guests can BYOB (Bring Your Own Beer).
"We love to go and find out about the history and ecology and the environment that we live in. And we like to drink wine too. Combine them all and this is a great evening," said Kathy Leeds, a cruise goer.
"It’s very informative, even though we live in Norwalk, I mean a lot of stuff that we didn’t know about these little islands, so this is nice," said James Frederick, a cruise goer.
After the cruise, the party continues at Mama’s Boy, a southern style restaurant in South Norwalk, within walking distance. Guests can choose three courses from a special menu, and while the food was just so-so on my media visit, the ambiance was fun.
SONO is just over an hour train ride on Metro North from Grand Central.
Should you prefer to drive, there’s reduced rate parking for $2 courtesy of the Norwalk Parking Authority.
The entire package, called Maritime Cruise & Cuisine, costs $57 per person. The boat leaves from Sheffield Island Dock, located on the corner of Water and Washington Streets.