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The Heart of Bristol:
Enjoy Local Activities and Things to Do Here in Bristol!

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There are many activities to enjoy during the summer right here in Bristol!

Summer in the All Heart City

Summer time in the All Heart City means fun and festivities. Enjoy the many activities right here in Bristol this summer – these are just a few ideas of what you can do during the week after work, with the family on the weekends, or passing the time on a warm summer night any day of the week.

The Bristol Blues are back and lighting up the scoreboard at legendary Muzzy Field. Watch many local and regional standout players from the New England College League. Tickets are $6 and can be used at ANY home game. Six Game Flex Packs, and Kids Club tickets are available at the Muzzy Field Box Office or online at the Blues Store: bristolbluesstore.com. Gates open at 5pm, first pitch is at 6:30pm. On Sundays, gates open at 3:30 pm and the first pitch is at 5pm.

The Bristol Parks, Recreation, Youth & Community Services has a great lineup for their annual Rockin’ Out at Rockwell Summer Concert Series. The free weekly concerts are held in the Amphitheater at Rockwell Park. This year’s series features eight weeks of outstanding performances every Tuesday from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Concerts will feature a variety of musical performances including Pop, Funk, Rock, Rhythm & Blues, American Roots and more. Attendees are encouraged to bring family and friends, blankets and chairs, and to grab dinner at one of the food trucks, organized by the West End Association. The series ends on August 9 with Soul Sound Revue (R&B) and Green House Tavern and Dem Boys Grill food trucks to enjoy.

Visit one of Bristol’s museums. Enjoy the drop in fun and creative activities for boys and girls ages 6-12 years old this summer at the New England Carousel Museum with the price of admission to the museum. General admission for children ages 2-14 is $5, adults are $8, seniors are $7, and children 2 and under are free. Different activities will be offered each week. For more information and to register, call 860-585-5411, x102, or visit: thecarouselmuseum.org.
A visit to the American Clock Museum, located in the historic Federal Hill district, is where you can learn about Bristol’s clock making history. The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday 10 am to 5 pm. Monday and Tuesday hours may be available by appointment. Please contact the museum at 860-583-6070 to make arrangements.

Connect with local farmers and vendors while experiencing what “farm fresh” and “shopping local” is all about. The Bristol Farmers Market is open every Saturday from 10:00 am-1:00 pm through October 29, 2022. The market takes place in downtown Bristol in the parking lot of Bristol Health Medical Care Center, located at 15 Riverside Avenue and showcases the finest produce, jams, baked goods, craft beer and spirits, tasty treats, organic options, and more. The Farmers Market will operate rain or shine. Be sure to visit bristolallheart.com/farmersmarket for more information and a listing of weekly vendors and a helpful map of where to park.

Enjoy a day at Lake Compounce, the oldest continuously operating amusement park in North America, celebrating 175 years in service. The park offers classic rides; thrilling roller coasters, including Boulder Dash voted the world’s #1 wooden roller coaster five times in a row; several attractions including the recharged Storm Lighthouse with an all new light and sound experience. Lake Compounce also offers many different food and beverage options for guests to choose from, including several that are t kid-friendly. The park is open daily during the summer from 11 am to 6 pm.

Bristol welcomes the New England Regional Little League Softball and Baseball tournament players, coaches, and their families to the All Heart City beginning at the end of July and through the second week in August. All games are free to attend – consider supporting the Little League Softball and Little League Baseball teams as they compete in tournaments at the A. Bartlett Giamatti Little League Center. The road to the Little League World Series begins here in Bristol. Teams come to Bristol from all over New England and the Mid-Atlantic to show off their skills as they hope to move forward in the World Series in Williamsport. Let’s show them our All Heart spirit!

And don’t forget about Bristol’s parks – both Rockwell Park and Page Park and all our parks have many amenities to enjoy from Disc Golf, to tennis and NEW pickle ball courts, as well as pools and splash pads. This summer parks are open seven days a week dawn to dusk.

The Heart of Bristol

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