Danbury, CT

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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.

Where to stay in Danbury

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Danbury
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Danbury
2.5 out of 5
116 Newtown Road, Danbury, CT
The price is ¥10,579 per night from Nov 16 to Nov 16
Located in the heart of Danbury, this hotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Still River Greenway and within 3 mi (5 km) of Western Connecticut Medical Group and Danbury ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (987 reviews)
"A very nice staff. Clean rooms."

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2021

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Danbury
Ethan Allen Hotel
Ethan Allen Hotel
3.5 out of 5
21 Lake Avenue Extension, I-84 at Exit 4, Danbury, CT
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥14,461 per night from Nov 2 to Nov 2
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Danbury Fair Mall, Ives Concert Park, and Danbury Music Centre. Danbury Ice Arena and Danbury ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (954 reviews)
"Great!!!"

Reviewed on Oct 24, 2021

Ethan Allen Hotel
Hotel Zero Degrees Danbury
Hotel Zero Degrees Danbury
4 out of 5
15 Milestone Road, Danbury, CT
The price is ¥13,587 per night from Nov 7 to Nov 7
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 ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (805 reviews)
"The space was Great!! The restaurant and surrounding areas were really nice!"

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2021

Hotel Zero Degrees 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.
Homewood Suites by Hilton Stratford
Homewood Suites by Hilton Stratford
3 out of 5
6905 Main St, Stratford, CT
The price is ¥14,044 per night from Nov 14 to Nov 14
Located in the heart of Stratford, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Housatonic River, Boothe Memorial Park and Museum, and Roosevelt Forest. SportsCenter ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (811 reviews)
"As a single woman traveling I liked the fact that it was in a safe and lovely neighborhood."

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2021

Homewood Suites by Hilton Stratford
Welcome to Hat City Danbury | A Suburban Retreat Close to It All
Welcome to Hat City Danbury | A Suburban Retreat Close to It All
Danbury, CT
This family-friendly Danbury apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Danbury Hospital, Danbury Railway Museum, and Danbury Hospital. Danbury Music Centre ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
As expected
"Smooth rental process. I was able to extend my stay by a few extra days with no problem. Great communication from owner. I would certainly stay here again if the need arises."

Reviewed on Apr 9, 2021

Welcome to Hat City Danbury | A Suburban Retreat Close to It All
Charming 4BR 2BA Direct Waterfront Home w/Panoramic Views on Candlewood Lake
Charming 4BR 2BA Direct Waterfront Home w/Panoramic Views on Candlewood Lake
Danbury, CT
This family-friendly Danbury vacation home is located on the waterfront, 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Candlewood Lake, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Still River Greenway ...
5/5 Exceptional! (71 reviews)
Lovely well equipped property
"The house was well equipped with lovely indoor and outdoor space. Loved the kayaks, dock, lake swimming, view. It was outstanding! Can’t recommend it enough. The welcome basket was an nice welcome. Thank you!!"

Reviewed on Oct 8, 2021

Charming 4BR 2BA Direct Waterfront Home w/Panoramic Views on Candlewood Lake
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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