Things to do in BRISTOL with kids

If you are looking for that classic New England adventure, Connecticut is the place to head. It’s charming, quaint, and and utterly beautiful place to take kids. It’s also very close to big cities like Boston or New York, so you don’t have to travel far to find paradise!

Embrace the relationship with the ocean with adventures like Mystic Whaler Cruises or Sheffield Island Lighthouse Tour.  Expose kids to the incredible wildlife with Mystic Aquarium (they can even touch a stingray!) or Action Wildlife Park. 

Entertainment and education? A parents dream! Connecticut has incredible museums - from the science-tastic Bridgeport Discovery Museum to the very colorful Barker Character Comic and Cartoon Museum. 

Dinosaurs? In Connecticut? You bet! Dinosaur State Park have incredible displays, and history continues with the Mark Twain House and Historic Ship Nautilus. 

Connecticut is filled with creativity and art, so why not get kids involved with activities like Pottery Piazza or Art Plus Studio? The whole family can get involved!

Connecticut is an incredibly family friendly with wonderful places to visit with kids. It really does feel like arriving home.

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  • Imagine Nation Museum

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    Bristol

    The Imagine Nation Museum is a hands-on, interactive children's museum best suited for ages 2 to 10. The first area you will see when you come to the museum is the interactive exhibits that encourage ...

  • Bushnell Park Carousel

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    Bristol

    Whether you have a fond interest in art, American history, woodcraft, or simply enjoy the excitement of the carousel, we have something special for you. At any age, our guests can experience the joy ...

  • Lake Compounce Family Theme Park

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    (3 miles) Bristol

    Lake Compounce is a family theme park with the best of both worlds - thrills for those older kids and kiddie rides for the little ones!

  • Jump n Jammin Inflatable Party Gym

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    (3 miles) Bristol

    Over 18,000 sq" of indoor/outdoor space with weekday open jumps, family fun, great planned activities and games room!

  • Pottery Piazza

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    (5 miles) Plainville

    Painting fun at The Pottery Piazza with over 1,500 pottery items to choose from, as well as printing, mosaics and clay work! Art doesn't care if you are a beginner or an expert - let's get creating ...

  • Golf Quest Family Fun Center

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    (5 miles) Southington

    A Family Afternoon at Golf Quest Start With a Round of Mini Golf... (by the way, everybody loves to play minigolf, whether you're 5 or 85!) Then take a couple of swings at the Batting Cage! Seven ...

  • Railroad Museum Of New England

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    (6 miles) Thomaston

    The Naugatuck Railroad's scenic round trip excursions are an entertaining mix of relaxing river valley scenery and our rich transportation history. It’s an exciting and educational experience for ...

  • New Britain Museum of American Art

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    (8 miles) New Britain

    The collections now number approximately 5,000 works of American art: 680 oils, 1,050 drawings (including watercolors and pastels), 860 graphics, 160 sculptures, 25 photographs, and 1,460 ...

  • New Britain Youth Museum

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    (8 miles) New Britain

    The New Britain Youth Museum, founded in 1956, encourages children and families to explore the history and cultures of Connecticut and the world. Come explore with your child!

  • New Britain Youth Museum at Hungerford Park

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    (9 miles) Kensington

    A fascinating and fun family day out as you explore the world around us together, at the New Britain Youth Museum at Hungerford Park.

  • The Mattatuck Museum

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    (9 miles) Waterbury

    The Mattatuck Museum Arts & History Center is known for engaging its community in an understanding of the past and providing vision and leadership for the future through its exhibits and collections ...

  • Timexpo Museum

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    (9 miles) Waterbury

    It's about TIME for family fun. Timexpo® The Timex Museum tells the story of Timex and its heritage dating back to the 1850's. A Time Tunnel leads to ancient mysteries. Magnificent timepieces, ...

  • Barker Character Comic and Cartoon Museum

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    (10 miles) Cheshire

    Cartoon fun away from the television! This fun museum has one of the largest collections of cartoon-themed artifacts and toys in the entire country - from Disney to Marvel - kids can check out all ...

  • Wolcott Park and Spray Pad

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    (11 miles) West Hartford

    Great park with a new summer splash pad offering interactive play features in New Hartford...and it's FREE!

  • Jump Zone Canton

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    (11 miles) Canton

    Inflatable fun as well as cool arcade games, and a hurricane simulator! A fun experience in Canton, Connecticut.

  • Timber Gyms Open Play

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    (11 miles) Newington

    offers a fun indoor play experience suited to younger children, including a series of cubby style indoor tree houses with ladder access, play pirate ship and plenty more, plus classic bounce house.

  • Roaring Brook Nature Center

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    (12 miles) Canton

    We offer a year-round schedule of educational programs for all ages. These programs range from week-long summer experiences to our school-year Discovery Days series for students.

  • Newington Childrens Theatre Company

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    (13 miles) Newington

    Bringing theater to kids - the Children's Theater Company is a non-profit theater that brings fun, culture, entertainment and hands-on programs to kids lives.

  • The Childrens Museum

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    (13 miles) West Hartford

    The Children’s Museum provides rich learning experiences in science and nature for all ages. Exploration of our multi-level museum captures imaginations and develops a sense of curiosity about the ...

  • Rugged Kids

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    (13 miles) Wethersfield

    Teaches children confidence, team work, self-control and self-discipline using a combination of physical mediums and disciplines such as martial arts and non competitive sports.

  • White Memorial Conservation Center

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    (14 miles) Litchfield

    A fascinating education center and nature museum set within 4,000 acres of Connecticut hills.

  • Kids Create

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    (14 miles) Naugatuck

    A creative play place for creative kids of all ages. They can sculpt, paint, create and play with fun and educational toys.

  • Flanders Nature Center

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    (14 miles) Woodbury

    Flanders Nature Center & Land Trust promotes the understanding and appreciation of nature, and supports the conservation, preservation and management of the natural resources. We offer a broad range ...

  • The Mark Twain House

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    (14 miles) Hartford

    A fascinating look at the history of Mark Twain, and where he used to spend some of his days. It's a great way to excite kids about history and one of the most influential novelists of all time. A ...

  • Flamig Farm

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    (14 miles) West Simsbury

    At our Farm Animal Zoo here at Flamig Farm we have a cast of characters to entertain everyone, from young to old! From bunnies to draft horses, piglets, llamas, peacocks and happy egg laying chickens.

  • Quassy Amusement Park

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    (15 miles) Middlebury

    More than 2 dozen outdoor amusements, rides and attractions ranging from toddler friendly and gentle to frankly terrifying. Great family fun in Connecticut!

  • Dinosaur State Park

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    (15 miles) Rocky Hill

    We are one of the largest dinosaur track sites in North America. Beneath our geodesic dome, you will find an exceptional display of early Jurassic fossil tracks that were made 200 million years ago.

  • Romp n Roll Wethersfield

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    (15 miles) Weathersfield

    Classes for those active and creative kids, from dance, art, cooking music and of course gym! Designed for those little ones 3 months to 5 years.

  • Brooksvale Park

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    (15 miles) Hamden

    The entire family can enjoy of all sorts of outdoor adventures. Playground & Swings, hiking, sledding, Softball Fields, and an animal petting zoo.

  • Launch Trampoline Park

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    (16 miles) Hartford

    Over 15,000 sq. feet of connected trampolines for those active kids in Hartford, CT! With sports, Toddler Time, and more!

  • Connecticut Science Center

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    (16 miles) Hartford

    Over 165 hands-on exhibits, programs, and endless exploration for the whole family at this Connecticut Science Center in Hartford! Learning AND fun for kids!

  • Prime Climb Indoor Rock Climbing

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    (16 miles) Wallingford

    Our mission is for folks of all ages to discover the fun and fitness benefits of climbing year-round in a safe, comfortable, and friendly state of the art indoor setting.

  • Action Wildlife Park

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    (17 miles) Goshen

    A leisurely walk through amazing animals from all around the world, a petting zoo, and even wagon rides, all waiting at this family friendly wildlife center in Connecticut. Lots of animal fun!

  • Kidcity Childrens Museum

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    (17 miles) Middletown

    Imaginative play in Connecticut for kids up to 7 years with handmade, one of a kind exhibits that encourage creativity, exploration and imagination!

  • Hemlock Hill Camp Resort

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    (18 miles) Litchfield

    Nestled in the scenic “Litchfield Hills, Connecticut,” Hemlock Hill Campground gives kids and families that true camping experience. A mountain brook, beautiful reflecting pond, large pine-shaded ...