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DanburyUnited States of America

Visit the “Hat City” in Connecticut, a laid-back town with glorious parks, lakeside beaches, museums and lively cultural events.

With hatting, railroad and military history, live music, performing arts and lakeside parks, Danbury has a varied selection of attractions. Danbury is in the state of Connecticut and part of the New York metropolitan area. Established by English colonists in the 17th century, Danbury was one of the world’s largest manufacturers of hats from the 1800s to 1950s.

A good place to start your visit is at the Main Street Historic District. Spot Georgian, Italianate and Romanesque landmarks built between the 1700s and 1900s. The Danbury Historical Society preserves several historical buildings, including the Rider House and the Little Red Schoolhouse. Learn about Danbury’s hat-making heritage at the John Dodd Hat Shop. See a collection of antique train carriages and locomotives at the Danbury Railroad Museum.

Catch a local bus to the Military Museum of Southern New England where there are over 10,000 military artifacts, including tank destroyers, weaponry and dioramas. Afterward, shop at some of the 200 retail outlets at Danbury Fair Mall, one of Connecticut’s largest shopping malls.

Throughout Danbury’s warm summer months and snowy winters, the city’s parks provide a bounty of outdoor activities. Find baseball fields, tennis courts, volleyball courts and a playground at Rogers Park. Explore 21 miles (34 kilometers) of hiking trails or go cross-country skiing at Tarrywile Park and Mansion. Spend a day swimming, kayaking or relaxing on a lake beach at Candlewood Town Park.

Danbury has a great offering of music and cultural events. Watch well-known bands and musicians at Ives Concert Park. This picturesque outdoor arena also hosts jazz, reggae and Latin music festivals. Attend film festivals, comedy performances and concerts at the historic Palace Theater. Shop at a farmers market and enjoy free summer concerts and open-air theater productions at City Center Danbury Green.

Danbury is just over a 1-hour drive from both New Haven and New York. It’s well connected by intercity trains and buses, thus an ideal destination for daytrips to the fascinating neighborhoods of the “Big Apple.” Rent a car and visit Connecticut’s excellent ski resorts such as Mohawk Mountain and Mount Southington.

This travel guide was produced with the assistance of the Western CT Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Top Hotels in Danbury

Ethan Allen Hotel
Ethan Allen Hotel
3.5 out of 5
21 Lake Avenue Extension, I-84 at Exit 4, Danbury, CT
The price is ¥10,068 per night from Feb 4 to Feb 5

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Danbury Fair Mall, Ives Concert Park, and Danbury Music Centre. Danbury Railway Museum and Danbury ...

4.3/5Excellent! (987 reviews)

"Everything was good. Good attention, I like the hotel"…"

Reviewed on Jan 11, 2021

Ethan Allen Hotel
Hotel Zero Degrees Danbury
Hotel Zero Degrees Danbury
4 out of 5
15 Milestone Road, Danbury, CT
The price is ¥12,426 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25

Situated in Danbury, this hotel is 1 mi (1.5 km) from Matrix Conference and Banquet Center and within 3 mi (5 km) of Ives Concert Park and Richter Park Golf ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (695 reviews)

"It was hidden but so close to the highway and everything around it"…"

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2021

Hotel Zero Degrees Danbury
Hilton Garden Inn Danbury
Hilton Garden Inn Danbury
3 out of 5
119 Mill Plain Rd, Danbury, CT
The price is ¥9,361 per night from Jan 22 to Jan 23

Situated in Danbury, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Matrix Conference and Banquet Center, Ives Concert Park, and Richter Park Golf Course. Danbury Fair ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (764 reviews)

"Felt safe and clean. Helpful and a very nice staff."…"

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2021

Hilton Garden Inn Danbury
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Danbury

Mabels Hollow Farm, En suite bedroom farm stay,
Mabels Hollow Farm, En suite bedroom farm stay,
New Milford, CT

Situated in New Milford, this historic apartment building is within 6 mi (10 km) of Lake Waramaug, Steep Rock Preserve, and Mount Bushnell State Park. Hopkins ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (4 reviews)
Rustic tranquility

"A beautiful, secluded setting for a relaxing time with family."…"

Reviewed on Jul 24, 2020

Mabels Hollow Farm, En suite bedroom farm stay,
1905 Remodeled New England Cape Quintessential Connecticut Countryside Getaway
1905 Remodeled New England Cape Quintessential Connecticut Countryside Getaway
Brookfield, CT

Located on a lake, this family-friendly resort is within 9 mi (15 km) of Candlewood Lake, Still River Greenway, and Western Connecticut Medical Group. Danbury ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (13 reviews)
Wonderful retreat

"We loved our whole experience in this home. The location is peaceful and beautiful but close to great shopping and dining. There are beautiful hikes within walking distance to the home. The owners are very extremely kind and accommodating. Our family had a wonderful experience all around."…"

Reviewed on Dec 19, 2020

1905 Remodeled New England Cape Quintessential Connecticut Countryside Getaway
1795 Carriage House set in 2 acres of Lawns and gardens
1795 Carriage House set in 2 acres of Lawns and gardens
Southbury, CT

Located in the heart of Southbury, this historic vacation home is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Southbury Clinic and within 6 mi (10 km) of Kettletown State Park and ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (17 reviews)
Great outdoor space

"Very friendly hosts. Small but very cute and practical living space. Large backyard is the best part as well as proximity to very nice nature walks!"…"

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2020

1795 Carriage House set in 2 acres of Lawns and gardens
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Danbury

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 18, 2020

Nice and quiet

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 19, 2020

Molly Darcy’s Irish pub had some really good food & drinks.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 6, 2020

It’s got a lot of food options.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Dec 27, 2019

I was visting family for the holidays didn't roam the area.

4/5 - Good

Julianna

Dec 22, 2019

Some nice places to eat and everyone was very friendly.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Dec 2, 2019

Just stayed for sleeping Was gone by 7am

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