There are tons of restaurants, shopping areas, cinemas, bowling alleys, ice skating rinks, parks, and much more in the city of Danbury. There are also many different cultures and nationalities in the city, so you’ll find lots of Brazilian, Ecuadorian, Chinese, Mexican, Greek, and Lebanese stores and restaurants, just to name a few.
Danbury has an excellent bus system, the HART bus, which provides regular transportation from campus to the downtown area, major supermarkets and shopping areas, train stations, parks, and nearby cities.
“In Bethel, there is a movie theatre that shows mostly foreign indie movies. When I was a student, that’s where my international friends and I went to the movies. If anyone also likes mainstream movies, but doesn’t want to pay too much, Edmonton Hall has 2 dollar movies. The movies aren’t as brand new but it’s good. For our club, we used to plan outing nights where we would go to an ethnic restaurant to eat and then go see a foreign movie.” – Former International Student at WestConn
Charles Ives Center
Located on the WCSU Westside Campus, this outdoor concert venue hosts world-famous bands like Widespread Panic, Cake, Cypress Hill, and Bachman Turner, as well as a yearly Jazz Festival, Latin Music Festival, and Shakespearean plays. The theater is located in a 40-acre wooded park with a nearby pond and hiking trails, making it a great location for an afternoon summer picnic!
O’Neill Center –
The basketball and volleyball arena at Western Connecticut State University is also the site of indoor concerts each winter, with popular bands like Ben Folds Five and Live.
Pancho’s Tacos – Authentic and inexpensive Mexican food
Soho Pizza: Great New York-Style Pizza right across the street from Campus TK’s Sports Bar : White Street, Danbury
JK’s Texas Hot Wieners: South Street, Danbury Two Steps Downtown Grille : Ives Street, Danbury
Terra Brasilis (Brazilian): White Street, Danbury
Three Brothers Diner: White Street, Danbury (10% discount to WCSU students)
Community Coffee House: Madison Avenue, Danbury (Great place for concerts, live music)
Molten Java Café: Greenwood Avenue, Bethel (Live Music on Friday and Saturday nights, outdoor seating, internet) Starbucks: Mill Plain Road, Danbury
Ice Cream Parlors:
Dr. Mike’s Ice Cream Parlor: Greenwood Avenue, Bethel Dubl Twister (Across from White Hall on the Midtown Campus) Cold Stone Creamery: Backus Avenue, Danbury
Il Bacio’s: Germantown Road, Danbury: Some claim it’s the best in the country!
Tarrywile Park: Southern Blvd., Danbury (A favorite destination for hiking, skiing, or picnicking, Tarrywile Park also boasts a magnificent 19th-century Victorian mansion)
Candlewood Lake Connecticut’s largest lake is a great location for boating, fishing, and swimming during the hot summer months.
Great Day and Weekend Activities Around Danbury
“The Keeler Tavern Inn in Ridgefield is very close and there’s even an imbedded cannonball from the American Revolutionary War still in the outside wall. Ridgefield is a wonderful town in which to spend the day with plenty of activities planned during the weekends. Also, this area of New England is rich in homesteads of famous American writers. Within one hour’s drive, you can visit the homes of Washington Irving, Mark Twain, Harriet Beecher Stowe. Just thirty minutes outside of Boston, in Concord, Massachusetts, you can visit Walden Pond and the homes of Louisa May Alcott and Nathaniel Hawthorne.
New York City: too much to mention here. I love Grand Central Station and the New York Public Library with Bryant Park. Natural History Museum, Empire State Building, UN…. and on and on…..!!” – Current WCSU International Student
One of the best things about WCSU is its location. Students enjoy all of the benefits of attending school in a smaller city – small class sizes, community atmosphere, personalized interaction with faculty – yet Danbury is only a short drive from New York City, coastal beaches, great ski resorts and outdoor facilities, and important American Historical Landmarks. Its central location off I-84, the main north/south highway in the state, and near the Metro-North train line and Greyhound bus system, makes travel easy and convenient.
New York City
The Metro-North system provides frequent train service from Brewster Village Train Station (about 15 minutes from campus) to Grand Central Station, on 42nd Street in the heart of Manhattan. Trains run approximately every hour, seven days a week. You can check schedules and even purchase tickets online
From Grand Central, you can board the 4-5-6 Subway lines or take the S train (Shuttle) to Times Square. Subway map
New York’s most famous beach, located in Wantagh, Long Island. Every summer, the Jones Beach Theater (jonesbeach.com) hosts world-famous bands like Blink-182, Nickelback, Santana, Dave Matthews Band, and Aerosmith
Danbury, Connecticut is located near some of New England’s best ski resorts
Thunder Ridge – Only 20 minutes from campus in Patterson, NY. Students can even take classes there to fulfill their Physical Education requirement!
White Face – In Lake Placid, NY, site of the 1980 Winter Olympics!
Appalachian Trail : A 2,100 mile (that’s about 3400 km!) hiking trail that starts in Georgia and goes all the way to Maine! You can hike sections of it near Bear Mountain and Cold Spring in New York State, about 30 minutes from campus.
USS Nautilus The world’s first nuclear-powered submarine and first vessel to go under the North Pole. Located in Groton, Connecticut
West Point: – Home of the United States Military Academy, West Point was also an important Revolutionary War fortress. American soldiers placed a chain across the strategic Hudson River to prevent British ships from sailing north. The commander of West Point, Benedict Arnold, became a famous traitor, when he tried to sell the fort to the British. The site, which is high on a hill overlooking the river, makes an excellent location for a picnic.
Located in Sleepy Hollow, NY, Sunnyside was the home to Washington Irving and where he wrote his famous “Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” Every Halloween, the Historic Hudson Valley reenacts the Headless Horseman riding through the town.