Lake Compounce Family Theme Park

822 Lake Avenue, Bristol, CT 06010.

(860) 583-3300. Celebrating more than 160 years of family fun. Lake Compounce is home to over 50 thrilling rides and attractions for the entire family, including the #1 world rated Boulder Dash Coaster and new Phobia Phear Coaster, Connecticut's biggest Water Park AND entertainment for all ages. Just take Exit 31 off I-84 and head North on Route 229.

Landmark Community Theatre at the Thomaston Opera House

158 Main St., Thomaston, CT 06787.

(860) 283-6250. Completed in 1884 as a multi purpose building with hardwood floors and opulent ceiling frescoes it has long been hailed as "the finest opera house in the valley". Today this historic theater presents year round dramas and musicals. Performances Fri. & Sat. at 8 pm and Sun. Matinee at 2 pm.

Lock Museum of America

230 Main St., Terryville, CT 06786.

Phone & Fax (860) 589-6359. The Museum has eight rooms that include antique locks dating back to 1520, colonial locks and keys, British locks, American locks, bank locks, prison locks, padlocks, and ornate Victorian hardware that is gold and silver plated. May -Oct. Tues. – Fri. 1:30 -4:30. Weekends by appt. Adults $3, Seniors $2.50, children free.

Mattatuck State Forest

Plymouth, CT

Plymouth. Trails lead to scenic vistas. White Rock's jct. Rte. 262 & 6 in Plymouth take Rte. 262 for 3.4 mi. to park. Blue blazed trail leads to views of Naugatuck River & Rte. 8. Greystone Trail jct. Rte. 262 & Rte. 6 in Plymouth take Rte. 262 south for 4.9 mi. to trailhead Blue Blaze Trail. Mountain biking, hunting. Contact: (860) 567-5694.

Museum of Fire History

95 Riverside Ave., , Bristol, CT 06798.

(860) 585-5411. Housing New England Carousel Museum, with working carousel, Museum of Greek Culture, Museum of Fire History, a gallery of work by Glo Sessions and a gallery of changing exhibitions. Party rentals & youth group sleepovers. Special needs accessible. Mar. – Dec. Wed. – Sat. 10 - 5, Sun. noon – 5. Adults $5., Seniors $4.50, Children $2.50.

Naugatuck Railroad, At The Railroad Museum of New England

242 East Main St, Thomaston, CT 06787.

(860) 283-7245. Enjoy 80 minute vintage train rides on the Naugatuck Railroad from historic 1881 Thomaston Station, along the scenic Naugatuck River, through state forests and across the face of Thomaston Dam for views of the Litchfield Hills. From historic presentations to fun holiday celebrations, the Railroad Museum hosts a variety of special events including Easter Bunny Express, Steam on the Naugy, Fall Foliage, Train Rides to the Pumpkin Patch, Haight-Brown Vineyard Express and Northern Lights Limited to Santa's Train Workshop. Call for tickets 24/7 or buy online.

New England Carousel Museum

95 Riverside Ave., Bristol, CT 06010.

(860) 585-5411. Displays one of the largest collections of carousel art in the country including working carousel. Magical place for individuals and groups. Guided tours, group tours, facility rental, birthday parties, gift shop, & youth group sleepovers. Open Mar. – Dec. Wed. – Sat., 10 - 5, and Sun. noon – 5. Adults $6, Seniors $5.50, Children age 4 – 14 $3.50. Children Age 1-3 $2. Under age 1 admitted free. One free ride on the carousel with each admission.

Plymouth Historical Society

572 Main St., Plymouth, CT 06782.

(860) 584-4634. The Society owns the Toll House that houses the 1852 Woodruff and Beach steam engine and the Alley House Museum displaying Plymouth memorabilia. Open last Sat. of month 1-2 pm or by appt.

Seth Thomas ­ Bradstreet House Museum

237 Main St., Thomaston, CT 06787.

(860) 283-5253. Greek Revival c. 1820s home of daughter of famed clockmaker Seth Thomas. Interpreted as a 19th c. Victorian home and furnished with antiques, clocks & information about the Seth Thomas Family and their descendants. Open Sat. 11-3 May – June, & Sept.- Oct. Free admission. Private Tours for 4-10, or by appt.

Thomaston Historical Society

158 Main St., Thomaston, CT 06787.

 (860) 283-2159. On the 6th floor of town hall, the Museum exhibits holds many artifacts donated by membership including furniture, paper memorabilia and an outstanding collection of Seth Thomas Clocks. Sat. noon – 3. May-June, Sept. - Oct.