Looking for something other than your standard run-of-the-mill day trip? Try any of these Connecticut Curiosities for something that's fun and a little bit different.
GILLETTE CASTLE An impressive medieval style fortress
overlooking the Connecticut River. Built by William Gillette between
1913 and 1919, this castle features many secret panels, a complex
system of mirrors that the owner used to spy on guests(!) and even a
room furnished to replicate Sherlock Holmes' 221B Baker Street
quarters in London. See photo gallery
THE FROG BRIDGE in Willimantic is officially known as
"Thread City Crossing". Four bronze 11-foot frogs sit on top
of giant spools of thread remind passersby of the city's cotton mill
history, and bizarre tale of fighting frogs from 1754. This is a
kitschy must-see roadside landmark.
TIMEXPO MUSEUM in Waterbury (according to their website)
tells the story of Timex and its heritage dating back to the 1850's. A
(groovy) Time Tunnel leads to ancient mysteries. Magnificent
timepieces, hands-on activities and much more.
SCIENCE CENTER of West Hartford has tons of stuff to amuse
the young and the old alike. From a life size sperm whale model
named Conny (who sprouts like a real whale during the summer), the
World Weather Window and the Walk-In Kaleidoscope which is not to be
THE NUT MUSEUM Old Lyme, is no longer open to the public, but you can
still visit her nutty website.
DINOSAUR STATE PARK Rocky Hill. Beneath a space-y
geodesic dome you will find one of the largest dinosaur track sites in
North America. An amazing display of early Jurassic fossil
tracks that were made 200 million years ago.
GUNGYWAMP, Groton. Twenty-four acres of mysterious Bronze Age ruins sit on top of a steep cliff, six miles north of Long Island Sound. This unusual site includes what may have been a ritual altar and
a collection of standing stones and a single slab positioned along
astronomical lines indicating that the place may have functioned as an
ancient stone calendar.
P.T. BARNUM MUSEUM, Bridgeport CT hosts artifacts and
memorabilia from the varied and extraordinary life of P.T. Barnum,
founder of "The Greatest Show on Earth". Discover The
Fejee Mermaid, Barnum's biggest hoax, General
Tom Thumb, Clown Alley and more at this unique museum.
Ed & LORRAINE WARREN'S OCCULT MUSEUM Moodus,
CT. Display of strange objects that were taken out of
circulation by the famed Warrens including a cursed string or pearls
that reportedly tried to strangle their owner, and a murderous
Raggedy-Ann style doll. By appointment only, and not recommended for children.
OLD STATE HOUSE, Hartford Museum of Natural and Other Curiosities
A calf with two heads, the horn of a unicorn, the "largest Bengal
tiger ever seen", George Washington's button! These are just some
of the many objects that are on exhibit in the Museum of Natural and
MENCZER MUSEUM OF MEDICINE & DENTISTRY in Hartford. Collection includes instruments, equipment, furnishings, and portraits from the
last three centuries, representing a painful cross-section of dental and medical history.
LOURDES IN LITCHFIELD Can't go to the religious shrine in France? Take a
shorter trip to Litchfield CT instead.