Cities that surround Norwalk which offers a mix of residential and commercial enterprises, are Santa Fe Springs, Cerritos, Downey Artesia, Bellflower, Buena Park (Knott's Berry Farm), and many more cities.
Norwalk is approx. 35 minutes and 30 miles from beaches such as El Segundo Beach, and about 15 miles from downtown L.A.
Norwalk Town Square (norwalk-townsquare.com) is one of the best places to shop in the city. The last Saturday of every month the center hosts Kids Fun Zone with crafts, entertainment and fun. The event is free. In addition to Big Cinemas Norwalk 8 - (562) 804-5615 - bigcinemas.com; the mall features a 99Cents Only store, and Starbucks, ice cream, hamburgers, Mexican and even Chinese food!
Paddison Square and Norwalk Shopping Center also provide options for goods and services.
Norwalk D.D. Johnston-Hargitt House Museum at 12426 Mapledale Street is on the National Registry of Historical Places and, at one time, held up to 200 acres of grapes, prune, avocado, and citrus trees. Built in 1891, the D.D. Johnston-Hargitt House Museum is a two-story Eastlake Victorian farmhouse that was owned by Darius David Johnston. He was one of Norwalk's leading pioneers as well as the organizer of the Norwalk School District. He served on the school board from the late 1880's until his death in 1917. The Museum contains D.D. Johnston-Hargitt family heirlooms and other memorabilia as well as glimpses into Norwalk's past. The Museum is brought to life through docent-led tours given by the Friends of Hargitt House. Admission is free; however, donations are always welcome. Call (562) 929-5566.
Gilbert H. Sproul Museum at 12203 Sproul Street was built in 1874 and was home to the founder of Norwalk, Gilbert H. Sproul. The Museum contains many artifacts depicting the development of the City as well as Sproul family heirlooms. Admission is free. Call: (562) 929-5566.