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Bristol has a lot to offer - from the historic Downtown and Federal Hill, to the quaint village of Forestville, there's a setting for everyone. Discover what makes Bristol great!

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The Heart of Connecticut Bristol, Connecticut is just two hours from Boston and New York and just an hour from the shoreline. It’s a place where you will find a hidden New England treasure abundant with attractions, special events, and colorful history to enjoy. From the natural beauty of picturesque hills and fall foliage, to the high tech satellite dishes of ESPN, Bristol’s “City sized” with a small town vibe, offering wonderful memories no matter your pace. So whether you’re vacationing, passing through, or staying a little longer, Bristol will fill the perfect piece in your heart.


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Facts about Bristol

Town/City established:

  • Incorporated in 1785.

Named from: 

  • Named from Bristol, England, formally New Cambridge.


  • Hartford.

Notable citizens (past and present):

  • Gary Burghoff, the actor who played the character Corporal Walter "Radar" O'Reilly in both the film and television series M*A*S*H.
  • Bob Crane (1928-1978), the actor who played the title role in the television series Hogan's Heroes.
  • Michelle Guerette, Olympic athlete.
  • Scott Perkins, American composer.
  • Mike Reiss, longtime writer for The Simpsons.
  • Adrian Wojnarowski, New York Times best-selling author and NBA columnist.

Top Five Attractions:

  • Lake Compounce
  • New England Carousel Museum
  • Imagine Nation Musuem
  • American Clock & Watch Museum
  • H.C. Barnes Memorial Nature Center

Annual Visitor’s Events:

  • Summer Cruise Night Car Show, Saturdays, June through August
  • Farmer's Market, Saturdays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., downtown Bristol, June through October
  • Mum Festival and Mum Parade, late September

Quality of the town/city:

  • City offers 700 acres of beautiful parks, a high rated education system, and an aggressive promotion of economic development. The community consists of arts, a wide range of sporting activities, and preserving the city's rich history of architecture, revolutionary clock making, and general manufacturing.

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