Connecticut is full of gems, but some of them require a little extra digging. Instead of visiting all your old favorites this year, consider adding some new places to your list. These hidden gems in Connecticut are often forgotten, or people just don’t know about them. But they are definitely unique!
1. Connecticut's Old State House, Hartford
Folks think this is just another historical museum, and it definitely does have its share of history. But this place has more than just old portraits of politicians.
Home to a number of unique exhibits, the State House is also home to Joseph Steward's Museum of Curiosities, where you can see the famous two headed cow.
2. The Cushing Center, Yale
A visit to one of the nation's most esteemed universities is never a bad idea. Explore the area, grab some apizza, and check out the Cushing Collection.
The exhibit includes Dr. Cushing's manuscripts, art works, and best of all, preserved body parts. That includes jars of brains, both whole and sliced.
3. PEZ Visitor Center, Orange
You can learn a lot about these little candies at the visitors center. Like did you know they were created to help deter people from smoking? Probably the tastiest cessation candy on the market!
This is your chance to see the greatest collection of all time, including the largest dispenser in the world. Spoiler alert: it's twelve feet tall! But not for sale.
4. Lime Rock Park Racetrack, Lakeville
Unless there's a big time race going on, entry is free at Paul Newman's "home away from home." He drove his cars around this track until he was 82 years old. And you can still catch some old timers here doing the same!
The 1.53 mile course sees a lot of high performance vehicles, and the occasional car show where you can check out what racing looked like fifty years ago. They'll line them up on the green and let you get real close and personal.
5. The Glass House, New Canaan
I'm always surprised by how many people don't know about this place because the tours are always selling out. All about architecture and contemporary art, you will get to be inside the display this time.
The grounds are also beautiful, but will cost you extra to have it added to your tour. The real fun part is walking around the house and wondering if you could really live somewhere made of glass.
6. Devil's Hopyard, East Haddam
This place definitely draws hikers, but it's a popular muse for the artistically inclined. This place is favored for painting, writing, and photographing alike.
Aside from the waterfalls, picnic spots, and excellent views, this park is arguably the best place to capture birds, butterflies, and things that crawl. On film, anyway.
7. Legos Factory, Enfield
If you loved playing with these as a kid, then you should give this place a visit. And of course, take a picture with the 8 foot lego pieces out front.
The building itself has gone corporate, so no tours, but you can still have a lego day! Stop by the local airport to see a lego construction of Mark Twain's House. Then hit Twain's house for a lego statue of him.
If you don’t mind an hour and a half in the car, this 70 mile trip will let you hit all those awesome Lego destinations pretty easy. You can see it mapped out