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Danbury
Travel Guide

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

Hilton Garden Inn Danbury
Hilton Garden Inn Danbury
3 out of 5
119 Mill Plain Rd, Danbury, CT
The price is £74 per night from 26 Feb to 27 Feb

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

4.4/5Wonderful! (770 reviews)

"Wonderful hotel; great staff; clean rooms. Would gladly stay here again."…"

Reviewed on 23 Feb 2021

Hilton Garden Inn 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 £69 per night from 7 Mar to 8 Mar

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

4.3/5Excellent! (975 reviews)

"Spencer the front desk manager who checked us in was phenomenal. Very kind and accommodating."…"

Reviewed on 10 Feb 2021

Ethan Allen Hotel
Hotel Zero Degrees Danbury
Hotel Zero Degrees Danbury
4 out of 5
15 Milestone Road, Danbury, CT
The price is £100 per night from 7 Mar to 8 Mar

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 ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (705 reviews)

"Clean, uniquely modern and comfortable hotel. Dinner in the hotel's Italian restaurant was amazing!! I would stay here again just for the this restaurant!"…"

Reviewed on 19 Feb 2021

Hotel Zero Degrees Danbury
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Top Holiday Rentals in Danbury

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

Situated in New Milford, this historic apartment building is within 6 miles (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 24 Jul 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
12 Obtuse Road North, 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 19 Dec 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
712 S Britain Rd, Southbury, CT
The price is £592 per night from 8 Mar to 9 Mar

Located in the heart of Southbury, this historic holiday home is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Southbury Clinic and within 6 miles (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 20 Sep 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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