Bristol Attractions

Places to visit, points of interest and top things to see in Bristol

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From the youngest child to the oldest great grandparent, the New England Carousel Museum, in Bristol, Connecticut, is a magical and wonderful museum; and the beauty of it is that it has some of the most amazing carousels that have ever been built. Many of their carousels are restored to their original grandeur and are complete with some of the most remarkable hand-carved horses, coaches, and other animals that have ever been built. They also have a great collection of memorabilia that visitors will certainly enjoy.

Visitors to the New England Carousel Museum will enjoy a variety of activities, including the following:

- The Bushnell Park Carousel was built in 1914 by Stein and Goldstein and is one of the oldest merry-go-rounds in the country. It has 48 horses, some standing and some jumping, a couple of chariots, and an incredible organ to provide that marvelous music.

- The Museum offers a delightful "edutaining" class that teaches the history of the carousel and why it has always been one of the most appreciated works of art in the world... read more arrow
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Bristol, Connecticut, is home to some excellent places for family activities, and Lake Compounce is one that is terrific fun for the entire family. For people who love theme parks, roller coasters, rides galore, food, shows, and fun, this is the perfect place to spend a day – or a weekend. There's an activity for visitors from age three to age 93 that are fun and exciting, and the shows are some of the best in the area.

Let's take a look at some of the great activities that Lake Compounce has to offer:

- For the adventure-seeker in the family, there are thrilling rides galore that includes the Zoomerang to the Boulder Dash, a fantastic wooden roller coaster with a 115 foot drop that reaches speeds of 65 miles an hour to the Wildcat, one of the most exhilarating roller coasters that reaches speeds of nearly 45 miles an hour with a 68 foot drop.

- For those hot summer days, the Saw Mill Plunge and the Thunder Rapids are the most refreshing water ride in the park; just prepare to be cooled off with a great soaking... read more arrow

* Regular pre-pandemic touristic activity level.

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