Known as the "Clock City", Bristol is home to the American Clock and Watch Museum, one of the many early Connecticut industries in the community.
With diverse choices in housing, Bristol offers historic colonials, remarkable Victorians, new constructions apartments, and condominiums. In addition to smaller shops and businesses in town, Bristol has many commercial services, businesses and retail stores. The country's largest cable TV network, ESPN, as well as the largest taxpayer in the city, have their headquarters in Bristol. CIGNA Insurance as well as Otis Elevator both have large plants located in the city. Among the commercial shopping destinations are Bristol Commons, Bristol Farm Plaza and Pine Street Shopping Center. Lake Compounce, the oldest amusement park in continuous operation in North America, is one of many recreational and cultural activities in Bristol. Bristol is also home to the New England Carousel Museum, The Nature Center, the A. Bartlett Giamatti Little League Center and a senior community center. Passing through the town is Interstate 84, which takes commuters to Hartford, Waterbury, New Haven and beyond.