Danbury Travel Guide

  • Things to Do
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  • Things to Do
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  • Ives Concert Park
    Ives Concert Park
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Danbury Things to Do

  • Ives Concert Park

    Set in the campus of West Connecticut State University, this is a really lovely outdoor venue which hosts a range of performing arts events.The 'stage' is actually a large gazebo-like structure which juts out over an attractive lake with a central fountain (turned off during performances). There's also gently-sloping grassy area forming a sort of...

  • The Danbury Mall

    The Danbury Mall is where the shopping is in this area. It is the typical suburban shopping mall with stores you can find anywhere across the U.S along with some chain restaurants such as the Cheesecake Factory.My wife and I have shopped here on many occasions while in the area visiting friends. The Mall is a weird floorplan but has good stores and...

  • Charles Ives Plate on Main Street

    On the Wachovia Bank (now Wells Fargo Bank) Building on Main Street is a plate commemorating the location of the Ives Family home where Charles was born. Ives lived from 1874-1954, but I believe the house was long gone even before he died. His museum is elsewhere in town.

  • Danbury Churches along Liberty Street

    Along Liberty Street, there are several churches of early 20th century architecture worthy of a look. Some of these buildings appear to have changed denominations in recent years however.

  • Sybil Ludington Statue

    Sybil Ludington was a colonel's daughter who heroically rode a horse, as did Paul Revere, to spread the news to various townships that the British army had sacked Danbury. Actually, her 1777 ride was more heroic and noteworthy because she was only 16 years old and rode her horse some 40 miles (more than twice the distance of famed Revere ride)...

  • Danbury News Building

    Also located on Main Street, this structure dates to 1873, but the Queen Anne tower was added in 1893.

  • White Street Hat Factory Buildings

    Along White Street are the old brick commercial buildings that were once one of the monopolistic producer of derby hats for men. Prior to the peak of derby fashion at the start of the 20th century, Danbury had nearly a century of hat production, mostly devoted to the beaver skin stovepipe top hat, but also straw hats, such that Danbury was not only...

  • Danbury Railway Museum

    The old railroad depot has been turned into a museum, but was closed at the time I visited. Apparently, some of it's exhibits are still rolling stock within the extensive railyard.

  • Old Public Library Building

    Wikipedia article describes this building at 254 Main Street this way:Donated to the city in 1878 by fur-processing executive Alexander Moss White, its brick facade with polychromatic sandstone trim and slate-shingled gable roof make it the only High Victorian Gothic building extant in the Danbury area

  • More Main Street Danbury, CT

    I'm trying to isolate each of the buildings, but unfortunately for now all I have are images of some really great architecture. Check out this early 20th century gem in marble with a bronze showing a local Indian, that now serves as a furniture story, I believe.

  • Main Street Architecture: Union Savings...

    This structure, which dates back to 1886, is one of the finest red brick buildings I've ever seen. The exterior has specially molded and fired bricks, that appear as if they were a carved relief. The building was originally two banks, and has undergone several renovations, including the installation of a distinctive brass clock in 1925. In 1970,...

  • Military Museum of Southern...

    Military Museum of Southern New EnglandGet your fix of tanks and tank destroyers here. Cool thing is you can actually touch the tanks and museum hosts special 'Open Turret' days where you can climb into the vehicles. There are also exhibits on World War II (homefront and abroad) and the 10th Mountain Division, a ski/mountain division involved in...


Danbury Hotels

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  • Hilton Garden Inn Danbury

    119 Mill Plain Road, Danbury, Connecticut, 06811, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 3.5 out of 5 stars

  • The Inn At Ethan Allen

    We went to the Ethan Allen hotel in Danbury for the wedding of my sister. What a great experience! I...

  • Hampton Inn Danbury

    81 Newtown Road, Danbury, Connecticut, 06810, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

Danbury Restaurants

  • Friendly bar/restaurant

    I needed something to eat and this place was opposite my hotel, across a road which was actually cross-able on foot.There's a 'proper' sit-down restaurant as well as a bar area where food is served. So I chose to sit in the latter and had a pint of draft beer and ordered a bacon, avocado, lettuce and tomato sandwich. I knew it would be huge, and it...

  • Good Beer Selection

    Having spent the day exploring the Oyster Bay area and Theodore Roosevelt's home and then driving around part of Long Island I had to make my way up north to where I was going to be staying for the week. I wanted to get there before dark as I wasn't too familiar with the area. But that didn't stop me from getting off the interstate and following...

  • Good Middle Eastern Food

    Sesame Seed is a tiny restaurant in an old victorian style house. The place is full of for a lack of a better word "junk" from a rikety piano to old toys. It's a mish mosh of trinkets with a few tables scattered throughout. The look of the place did not impress me one bit. The menu was full of the typical Middle Eastern fare: hummus, shish kabob,...


Danbury Shopping

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    Stew Leonard's: A Supermarket and MORE!

    by cruisingbug Updated Feb 10, 2005

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    Stew Leonard's is unlike any supermarket I've ever encountered. It's set up rather like a maze - instead of aisles, you start at one end and zig zag through (there are breaks every now and then so you can escape if you need to).

    But you won't want to leave, once you look up. Animatronic farm animals and figures greet you along the way, along with the Chiquita banana lady and an egg-laying chicken! Something to keep the kids (and adults) amused as they do their shopping. Also, Stew's is famous (infamous? for all those watching their weight) for their samples - you can literally have a meal as you walk along and taste.

    Once you're done shopping (or before, if you have little ones) check out the real, live petting zoo outside! A bit of a strange situation, as you may be buying chicken and lamb inside. But it's a popular place for both children and adults, and makes grocery shopping an experience!

    Don't forget to save your plastic Stew's grocery bag to take with you on your travels around the world! Take a picture of yourself on vacation holding up your Stew's bag and join the legions on the big wall in the store and online. Truly, a place that celebrates the world traveler!

    What to buy: Stew's focuses on the "perimeter" foods - bakery, meat, dairy and produce, all excellent quality - there aren't a lot of packaged goods here.

    In the summer, there's also a "restaurant" set up outside - more than a snack bar, because you can even get lobster! Also, Stew's has ice cream cones, pizza to go, Chinese food, fried chicken, etc. at the front of the store.

    What to pay: Stew's is known for having very good prices, especially on sale items.

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Danbury Off The Beaten Path

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    Nice scenic drive north on 7 from I 84

    by scargo Updated Aug 8, 2004

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    Go north on 7 or 202 and travel north to New Milford or continue on up to Kent. Very nice drive. The Housatonic River is on your right .Candlewood Lake is to the left (west) and can be accessed fro a few places off of 7. Pic is of lake around where Brookfield stops and New Milford starts. Candlewood Lake Road _north and south), off 7 is worth the drive. Many motorcyclist love the drive on the weekends and come through in herds. They and others, out driving in the country, often stop and eay at the BBQ "barn" on 7, in New Milford (big red barn looking restaurant) for lunch and dinner. The food is V.good!

    N-E finger of Candlewood Lake
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Danbury Favorites

  • Must See!

    by hot_traveler Written Apr 7, 2003

    Favorite thing: The best thing about Danbury was the Danbury Independent Media Center located at 218 White Street. It may be hard to find, but once you get there you are sure to have a good time!

    Fondest memory: I wish I was at the Danbury Independent Media Center eveytime I think about Danbury. It is simply the BEST place to hang out in all of Connecticut.

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