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Danbury, CT

Travel Guide
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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

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 ¥11,892 per night from Jul 26 to Jul 26
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! (941 reviews)
"Everything was very nice but their restaurant is still closed."

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2021

Ethan Allen Hotel
Hotel Zero Degrees Danbury
Hotel Zero Degrees Danbury
4 out of 5
15 Milestone Road, Danbury, CT
The price is ¥14,211 per night from Aug 23 to Aug 23
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 ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (775 reviews)
"This is what people are looking for in a nice hotel. Could use an upgrade on their free breakfast(Coffee is never hot also), but other than that it was great."

Reviewed on Jul 5, 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 ¥14,326 per night from Aug 5 to Aug 5
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 ...
4.4/5Excellent! (827 reviews)
"Pleasant, clean and staff were accommodating"

Reviewed on Jul 18, 2021

Hilton Garden Inn Danbury
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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
Situated in Danbury, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Danbury Hospital, Danbury Railway Museum, and Danbury Hospital. Danbury Ice Arena ...
5/5Exceptional! (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
Country Condo
Country Condo
Brookfield, CT
Situated in Brookfield, this condo building is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Candlewood Lake and within 6 mi (10 km) of Housatonic River and Western Connecticut Medical ...
Country Condo
Stay on an Alpaca Farm
Stay on an Alpaca Farm
Gaylordsville, CT
Located on a lake, this Gaylordsville vacation home offering ski-in/ski-out access is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Emmanuel Williamson Park and within 9 mi (15 km) of ...
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
bucolic and beautiful
"Breathtaking setting, waking up to the sound of birds, trickling water, and alpacas humming (they hum!), the owners are warm and welcoming, and accessible. And they absolutely adore all their animals. A real getaway from urban life."

Reviewed on Oct 31, 2020

Stay on an Alpaca Farm
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