Located on Interstate 84, Waterbury is nicknamed The Brass City. That’s because the city became famous in the 19th century for manufacturing brass items. “Whether you’re interested in learning about American art and cultural history, taking in a musical or sampling chocolate or craft beer, the city of Waterbury offers a rich mix of activities for all interests — all just a short trip from major Northeast cities,” said Randy Fiveash, director, Connecticut Office of Tourism.

The original settlement of Waterbury dates to 1674. The city’s name refers to its proximity to the Naugatuck River and its tributaries, which flow through the heart of the city.

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Palace Theater Waterbury
Palace Theater, Waterbury, Conn.
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Soak up onstage history and backstage mystique on a guided tour of the Palace Theater. The historic theater was closed for 18 years beginning in 1987. After a $30 million, three-year renovation, it is now a performing arts center and community gathering place that provides a focal point of cultural activity and educational outreach for diverse audiences.


Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, Connecticut
Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, Conn.
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Established in 1877 as a historical society, Mattatuck Museum is an art and regional history museum. Guided tours of the museum’s collections and special exhibitions can be tailored to meet the needs and interests of each group. Tours need to be arranged at least three weeks in advance. Don’t miss the display of more than 10,000 buttons.


Brass Works Brewing pint glasses full of beer
Brass Works Brewing Company, Waterbury, Conn.
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Brass Works Brewing Company was established in 2015, but brothers Michael and David Ieronimo began as home brewers in their mother’s kitchen in the late 1980s. They soon added David’s brother-in-law Christopher Urban and later co-worker Kyle Ondrush. Together these beer enthusiasts brew, experiment and share their passion for good beer.


Fascia Chocolate candies, Waterbury
Fascia’s Chocolates, Waterbury, Conn.
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The Chocolate Experience & Tour at Fascia’s Chocolates uses a multimedia and interactive session to teach about the origins of chocolate. Tastings and demonstrations, including a behind-the-scenes look into the factory via remote controlled camera, complete the experience. Participants have the opportunity to make their own chocolate bar with toppings they choose.