The 10 Best Things to Do in Danbury, United States

December 1, 2017 Jasper Kershner

The strangers on Alfred Hitchcock's most famous train began their journey at Danbury, Connecticut's main station, along with thousands of other travelers over time. Now converted into the Danbury Railway Museum, the station and yards are open to visitors, with a collection of historic railroad cars and equipment. Just a few miles outside of the city's pretty historic center is Bear Mountain Reservation, a quiet forest parkland with hiking trails overlooking the calm waters of Candlewood Lake.
Restaurants in Danbury

1. Tarrywile Park & Mansion

70 Southern Blvd, Danbury, CT 06810-7943 +1 203-744-3130
Excellent
67%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 154 reviews

Tarrywile Park & Mansion

Reviewed By Reactor1966 - Danbury, Connecticut

I rented the mansion for my wife's Roaring 20's birthday party, and it could not have been a more perfect setting for the party. You don't even need to decorate the place, it has so much character. Like something out of a movie. It's no wonder so many people get their pictures taken here.

2. Blue Jay Orchards

125 Plumtrees Rd, Bethel, CT 06801-3102 +1 203-748-0119
Excellent
59%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 72 reviews

Blue Jay Orchards

Reviewed By Bernardo F - New York City, New York

A nice countryside farm and gift store. Lots of different treats for sale, and it's a fine place to spend some time on an afternoon.

3. Collis P. Huntington State Park

Old Dodgingtown Rd, Redding, CT +1 860-424-3000
Excellent
83%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 28 reviews

Collis P. Huntington State Park

Reviewed By Samantha N

This park is for everyone! Families, couples, solo hikers, byciclers, dogs ponds and strollers! There are many different entrances and thus trails but they all can eventually lead towards water where you can fish or canoe or kayak. Great place to spend time :)

4. Prospector Theater

25 Prospect St, Ridgefield, CT 06877-4509 +1 203-438-0136
Excellent
92%
Good
7%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 108 reviews

Prospector Theater

Reviewed By Ellen S - Ridgefield, Connecticut

Top notch 4-screen movie theater playing new releases. Within walking distance of many good restaurants. Best part is their mission to provide meaningful employment to adults with special needs.

5. Edmond Town Hall Theater

45 Main St, Just Past the Flag Pole, Newtown, CT 06470-2134 +1 203-426-2475
Excellent
78%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 44 reviews

Edmond Town Hall Theater

Reviewed By Jeffrey T - connecticut

Great place to see a movie for a few dollars--free on the third Saturday night of the month (thanks Ingersol Motors!). Concessions are inexpensive and while you are there get lost in the building whether it be looking at the amazing paintings on the walls of the stairways or looking at the old gym filled with memories, or just poking around. Great building and the center of Newtown. When you go outside, look at the benches and what's written as well as checking out the plaque by the mailboxes.

6. Bridgewater Chocolate Factory and Factory Store

559 Federal Rd, Brookfield, CT 06804-2017 +1 203-775-2286
Excellent
68%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
6%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 44 reviews

Bridgewater Chocolate Factory and Factory Store

Reviewed By saltcreekct - Danbury, Connecticut

Always nice to have a local chocolate maker. They offer pre-made boxes or you can select and customize. Variety is good and quality is good too, though not as artisan as other places we have visited. Still, friendly help and a solid -- if pricey -- chocolate shop.

7. Putnam Memorial State Park

492 Black Rock Tpke, Redding, CT 06896-1606 +1 203-938-2285
Excellent
32%
Good
48%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
0%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 25 reviews

Putnam Memorial State Park

Reviewed By b w - Carver, Massachusetts

Peaceful with much flora and fauna and old trees. Sites are well marked and significance of revolutionary battles can be envisioned. Birds are numerous if you dabble in ornithologist skills. Bring binoculars. Dirt road. Free. About an hour to take time or longer

8. Green Chimneys Farm & Wildlife Center

400 Doansburg Rd, Brewster, NY 10509-5902 +1 845-279-2995
Excellent
88%
Good
8%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 25 reviews

Green Chimneys Farm & Wildlife Center

Our Farm & Wildlife Center is home to over 300 farm animals, horses and permanently injured or imprinted wildlife. You're invited to meet the wonderful animals who play a vital role here. Visit us on weekends from 10am - 3pm for free self-guided tours. As a core component of Green Chimneys programming for children with special needs, the main criteria for each animal's presence are that they thrive in the care at Green Chimneys and play a supportive role in educational and animal-assisted therapy programs for children.

Reviewed By ClimbKili16 - Brewster, New York

This is a wonderful place to see all different kinds of animals. Wildlife, birds of prey, farm animals, and even camels. It isn't huge so it's a great place to stop over to see fun animals and not take up your whole day if you don't want it to.

9. Ridgefield Playhouse

80 E Ridge Rd, Ridgefield, CT 06877-4623 +1 203-438-5795
Excellent
70%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 151 reviews

Ridgefield Playhouse

Reviewed By Scrmnjay - Norwalk, Connecticut

Friday 1/19/18 (Charles Esten) was my sixth visit to Ridgefield Playhouse. Each time, the entertainment has been exceptional. Most shows have been sold out. The audience (s) always get into the show, singing along, dancing in the aisles and generally having a great time. Bravo!

10. Elephant's Trunk Flea Market

490 Danbury Road, Danbury, CT +1 860-355-1448
Excellent
53%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 172 reviews

Elephant's Trunk Flea Market

Reviewed By RamonaL34

The Elephant’s Trunk Flea Market is one of the best flea markets I have ever been to. There is everything you can imagine there, plants, furniture, homemade items, collector cards (baseball, football, etc), toys, coins, jewelry, clothing, pictures, books, buttons, sewing machines, vintage everything, it is amazing! You can really find some unique items. I found a 1940s Blue Jacket Manual for $10.

There are food vendors on site too in case you get hungry. All are food trucks with some wonderful smells coming out of them.

The only drawback to me was the porta potties. Just go before you get there if you are like me and prefer not to use them. I will say that the ones on the far end from the entrance were surprisingly clean.

Parking is easy and free.

Do not miss the Elephant’s Truck Flea Market if you enjoy flea markets, you will not be disappointed.

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