Oh Connecticut, the edge of New England. But The Nutmeg State isn’t just full of Ye Olde Shoppes. Instead, you can find quite the array of geeky places to visit in this little northeastern state. Let’s check ’em out.

Museum Mania

Carousel in Bristol. Images in this post attributed to their attraction's website.

Carousel in Bristol.
Images in this post attributed to their attraction’s website.

These aren’t your typical art galleries. Nope, Connecticut is full of museums that are a little more interesting to us geeks than that. Your first stop is my favorite, the Carousel Museum in Bristol. Here you can see the work the non-profit organization has to done to preserve and restore carousel and carousel pieces. As a collector and carousel horse lover, this is totally my place.

If you’re more of a traditional geek, the Barker Character, Comic, and Cartoon Museum might be more your style. Here you can find one of the largest collections of pop culture memorabilia from 15 decades of history. For our movie buffs, check out the Witch’s Dungeon classic movie museum where you can see recreated scenes and original props from horror classics.

Steampunk lovers will be totally at home at the American Clock and Watch Museum where you can learn all about the history of timekeepers. For fans of all things strange, you need to see the Museum of Natural and Other Curiosities, which is full of exactly what it sounds like.

For Nature Lovers

Beluga whale at Mystic Aquarium

Beluga whale at Mystic Aquarium

And if you’re a true natural geek, you’ll probably want to get outside and see some of Connecticut’s real nature offerings. The state has plenty of preserved land and parks, but the really cool nature can be found in various locations. First check out the giant walkthrough sperm whale which can be found outside the Hartford Children’s Musuem.

While you’re at it, be sure to take a stroll down the Dinosaur Trail, which will lead you all around the state of Connecticut to see it’s greatest Dino exhibits – from the Science Center to Dinosaur State Park. You can learn about the history of the dino age, paleontology, and meet all kinds of different extinct lizards.

For you underwater geeks, the Mystic Aquarium is not to be missed. It’s one of the best aquariums in the country, and includes ton of aquatic and marine creatures as well as reptiles. In addition, you can see plenty of exhibits about other ocean happenings – such as shipwrecks and deep water exploration.

Other Oddities

Old fashioned soda at Avery's

Old fashioned soda at Avery’s

Need your factory tour fix? First check out the Pez tour, where you can see oversized versions of the classic candy dispensers and even get a peek inside the working factory to see how the sugary pellets are made. After that, you need to check out Avery’s Beverages, where you can see them make and bottle tons of different soda flavors. The best part? You get to make some of your own!

If you’re looking for a throwback, there’s one place that will make you shout “I remember that!” every couple seconds: Wild Bill’s Nostalgia, which is full of toys that will bring back your childhood. Want to go back ever further? Take a walk in one of your favorite authors’ footsteps when you visit either the Mark Twain or Harriet Beecher Stowe house.

Leave a Reply

This blog is kept spam free by WP-SpamFree.

Online Games Today in Geek History