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Visit Danbury

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

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Crowne Plaza Danbury
Crowne Plaza Danbury
3.5 out of 5
18 Old Ridgebury Road, Danbury, CT
£66
per night
1 Jan-2 Jan

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Matrix Conference and Banquet Center and within 3 miles (5 km) of Ives Concert Park and Richter ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,040 reviews)

"Good big room ,comfy bed and bath good bar and breakfast"…"

Reviewed on 3 Dec 2019

Crowne Plaza 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
£83
per night
25 Dec-26 Dec

Situated in Danbury, this hotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Still River Greenway and within 3 miles (5 km) of Danbury Railway Museum and Danbury Ice Arena. Danbury ...

4.2/5Excellent! (866 reviews)

"Mattress is very good is quiet breakfast very good, equalized noise , but is very nice and the people is very helpful I really like, recommended for anyone"…"

Reviewed on 3 Dec 2019

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Danbury
Hotel Zero Degrees Danbury
Hotel Zero Degrees Danbury
4 out of 5
15 Milestone Road, Danbury, CT
£113
per night
20 Dec-21 Dec

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

4.6/5Exceptional! (558 reviews)

"Very modern, new and clean property with a great Italian restaurant, free easy parking and friendly staff, what else do can one ask for"…"

Reviewed on 29 Nov 2019

Hotel Zero Degrees Danbury

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Southford Falls State Park

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Tarrywile Park and Mansion
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