What to Do in Danbury, CT

Wonder in the Hat Capital

Once known as the “hat capital of the world,” with mills putting out 36 million headpieces a year at its peak, John F. Kennedy’s intense dislike for hats led the local industry to collapse – and left Danbury to discover all of the other wonderful things it has to offer both residents and visitors. Today, everything from tranquil vineyards to world-class golf courses is within easy reach. 

Conveniently located near area attractions, the Ethan Allen Hotel features rooms and suites guests can’t wait to return to after a day of exploring Danbury’s outdoor activities, museums, shopping, and historic sites. From antique shopping and hiking trails to Connecticut’s famous fall foliage, you’ll discover an array of things to see and do just moments from our doors.  

 

 

Western Connecticut State University

One of Connecticut's State Universities, WCSU's Westside Campus lies 2 miles from Ethan Allen Hotel.

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Candlewood Lake

Candlewood Lake, Connecticut's largest, offers 60 miles of shoreline for swimming, diving, fishing and boating. 

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Tarrywile Park

Anglers can pluck bullheads and king fish from Tarrywile Lake and rock hounds can often be seen poking around Tarrywile Park for marble, limestone, quartz and feldspar deposits. 

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Charles Ives Center for the Arts

The 5,500-seat Charles Ives Center for the Arts stages concerts throughout the summer and Musicals At Richter is a wonderful open-air amphitheater for enjoying a show under the stars. 

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Ridgefield Playhouse

Located in Ridgefield, Connecticut, the Ridgefield Playhouse hosts an intimate crowd of 500 for a variety of entertainment events such as the showing of films, plays or musical performances.

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DiGrazia Vineyards

Enjoy our local stop on the Connecticut Wine Trail at DiGrazia Vineyard located in Brookfield, CT.

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Danbury Museum and Historical Society

The Danbury Museum & Historical Society Authority acquires, preserves, exhibits, and interprets Danbury's past.

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Richter Park Golf Course

A public course located 5 miles from Ethan Allen Hotel sits nestled along the shores of the West Lake Reservoir in Danbury. 

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