The new Timexpo: The Timex Museum in Waterbury, I-84 Exit 22, combines the history of Timex and its clock making-predecessors.
Then tickle your funny bone at the Barker Character, Comic & Cartoon Museum in Cheshire, I-84 Exit 27. See a 80,000-piece collection of character art from Mickey Mouse to Woody Woodpecker, Fred Flintstone and more.
Or head west to pan for gold at Mother Earth Mining Company, Rte. 7 in Bethel.
For a summertime option, head to Quassy Amusement Park in Middlebury, Rte. 64 a 20-acre old-fashioned playground on Lake Quassapaug. Rides, games, swimming, picnicking and boat rides.
More fun can be yours in the evening at the Thomaston Opera House Children’s Series.
DRIVING TIP: Approximate driving distance between furthest points (1 & 5) is 79 miles.
Unique museum combines the history of Timex and its predecessors with an archaeological exhibit. Timepiece collection, hands-on exhibits, craft activities, computer interactives, video materials.
Barker Character, Comic & Cartoon Museum
Museum with over 80,000 items including comic strips, cartoon, Western, TV and advertising collectibles, toys and character collectibles from 1873 to present. Snow White Wishing Well, trivia games, cartoon theater. Official museum for Celebriducks, Califo
Mother Earth Gallery & Mining Company
Indoor, re-created mine where children dig for real gemstones and fossils. Gift gallery offering minerals, crystals, fossils, handcrafted jewelry, nature toys.
Quassy Amusement Park
20-acre family playground on Lake Quassapaug; over 30 rides and games, “Saturation Station” an interactive water attraction, swimming, picnic tables, boat rides, pavilions, food, concessions, special events and entertainment.
Thomaston Opera House
Full-scale theatrical productions, dance presentations, concerts, children’s theater series.