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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 NT$3,066 per night from Aug 23 to Aug 23
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 ...
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Hotel Zero Degrees Danbury
Hotel Zero Degrees Danbury
4 out of 5
15 Milestone Road, Danbury, CT
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The price is NT$3,607 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! (779 reviews)
"Property was overall nice. Loved the bathroom though initially I though their showers had waterfall head. The one things I disliked about our stay was that it took the air conditioner a bit of time to kick start itself when we first arrived and our mini fridge was broken and smelt of expired milk. ..."

Reviewed on 2021/7/27

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Hilton Garden Inn Danbury
Hilton Garden Inn Danbury
3 out of 5
119 Mill Plain Rd, Danbury, CT
The price is NT$3,636 per night from Aug 8 to Aug 8
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! (828 reviews)
"Pleasant, clean and staff were accommodating"

Reviewed on 2021/7/18

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