Start your day in Waterbury at The Timex Museum to learn about the art of clock making in the Waterbury area and the history of the Timex Corporation. An added bonus is the Thor Heyerdahl Coincidences or Connections Gallery. Plan to spend an hour here. www.timexpo.com
Arrive at Bristol's Clock and Watch Museum, housed in an 1801 mansion with a period garden. Enjoy extensive exhibits on the history of Connecticut clock making and many vintage timepieces. Noon is a great time to be here so you can hear more than 50 grandfather clocks as they strike the hour. www.clockandwatchmuseum.org
Lunch and Tour at the The New England Carrousel Museum. The museum complex displays one of the largest collections of carousel art in the country, changing art shows, Museum of Fire History and new this year, a Greek Temple made of marble on 2nd floor. Allow for two hours here with tour and lunch. www.thecarouselmuseum.org.
Arrive at the Lock Museum of America in Terryville. The Museum houses an extensive lock collection that includes a Cannon Ball Safe, 30 early era time locks, a large number of British Safe Locks, and more. The Eagle Lock room contains over 1,000 locks and keys manufactured from 1854 to 1954. Allow 45 minutes here. www.lockmuseumofamerica.org
In nearby Thomaston you can take a scenic vintage train ride on the Naugatuck Railroad from the historic 1881 train station in Thomaston. The ride follows the Naugatuck River, passes through state forests, past elements of the region's industrial heritage to the Litchfield Hills. www.rmne.org
Travel to nearby Litchfield, noted as one of New England's best-preserved colonial towns, visit the Haight- Brown Vineyard for a wine tasting to toast your day in the Litchfield Hills. Afterward, browse the interesting shops that overlook Litchfield's historic village green. http://haightvineyards.com