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8 Hidden Gem Things to Do in Norwalk, CA

Jon Fesmire | May 17, 2021 @ 12:00 AM

Norwalk is a sunny city in Los Angeles County, California. This suburb has a population of 104,000 people. 

Art is important here. The city even has a public art program, so even if you don’t visit some museums on this list, just walking around downtown, you’ll find murals on public boxes. Norwalk also has a lot of beautiful parks.

Here are eight great places to visit in Norwalk, whether you’re a visitor or resident.


Aquatic Pavilion

Do you and your kids enjoy swimming and cooling down in the center? Then the Aquatic Pavilion should definitely be on your list of places to visit. 

You’ll find an enormous pool where you can swim and play all day. They also teach swimming lessons and have aquatic workout classes. The Aquatic Pavilion is open Monday through Friday from 5:30 a.m. to 10:00.; Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Cerritos College Art Gallery

Due to restrictions imposed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Cerritos College Art Gallery is still closed to the public as of May 2021, but as more people get vaccinated and restrictions ease, you can look forward to this gallery opening again.

If you love art, you’ve got to visit this museum online or in person to check out the displays from art students at Cerritos College. The gallery is full of paintings and sculptures for all to enjoy.

Normal operating hours are Monday through Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and  Wednesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.


D.D. Johnston- Hargitt House Museum

The D.D. Johnston House - Hargitt House Museum in Historic Norwalk was built nearly 130 years ago in the 1890s. Darius David Johnston, whose name adorns this house, was a pioneer of industry in Norwalk in the 1880s. He created a cheese factory and helped establish the local school system. Visit this home to get transported back to the bourgeois lifestyle of the Johnston family. Check the website for hours, as these are subject to change.


Mary Paxon Art Gallery

Here’s another gallery, showcasing the work of regional artists and once again proving how important art is to the Norwalk Community. 

Mary Paxon Art Gallery, inside the Cultural Arts Center, welcomes new artists. If that describes you, we encourage you to contact them. They may feature your work. The gallery is open from Tuesday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Robert White Park

We said Norwalk had a lot of parks, and here’s another. Robert White Park features a fun playground, plenty of room to walk or jog, and a basketball court. Come down with your friends and shoot some hoops.

There are plenty of seating areas, lots of shady trees, and great spots to enjoy a picnic.


Sanatan Dharma Temple

Historic churches can be amazing places to visit whether or not you’re religious. Naturally, the same is true of houses of worship for other religions. Sanatan Dharma Temple is where locals practice Hinduism. All are welcome to visit this quiet place to learn about Hindu culture and religion. You’ll find gorgeous statues of Hindu deities and more.

The temple is open Monday from 8 a.m. to noon, then later in the day from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Tuesday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.


Torch Room Lounge

Grab a drink with friends and watch a game at this popular sports bar. Torch Room Lounge has a comfortable, rustic design. The lights are dimmed making for a relaxing environment. Come here for a date or to play some pool or darts. The lounge is open from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily.


Zimmerman Park

This is a great park for friends and families. Zimmerman Park has lots of green spaces, three baseball fields, and a big, modern playground. Though it doesn’t have a full basketball court, it does have two hoops and is a great spot to practice your distance and jump shots.

Don’t just bring a picnic here. Bring something to grill, as the park has barbeque facilities so you can cook something delicious. Then, walk off your meal with a walk on the trails.

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Jon Fesmire
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