Connecticut March 20, 2017
The Crazy One-Of-A-Kind Store You’ll Only Find In Connecticut
When it comes to used bookstores, you probably aren’t expecting much in the way of entertainment. But what if I told you there’s a bookstore that could easily keep you entertained for hours? Located in the oceanfront town of Niantic is an incredible bookstore that you won’t believe is real. Known as the Book Barn, it’s got everything you’d expect from an expansive bookstore and a whole lot more. Check it out now:
The Book Barn is a magical bookstore that shares its 500,000 book collection with five buildings spread out over the course of a mile. It's open from 9 am - 9 pm, 363 days a year, so you have plenty of opportunities to check it out. You definitely don't want to miss your chance to experience this book lover's dream.
They've been buying and selling books for nearly thirty years and are known for their friendly, community minded service. At "Ellis Island," or the entrance to the store, you can see new books that have been dropped off and are in the process of being organized.
It's just one stop along the way! You'll love the art installations, including this tiny fairy village. Folks of all ages appreciate the magic and fun that went into creating this literature escape.
The lush gardens have benches scattered throughout so you can read outside on the warmer days or stop for a moment on your journey to visit each of the store's locales. It's basically a library themed carnival.
At "The Haunted," you'll find a collection of thrillers and mysteries, with a nearby graveyard scene. It's located at the back of the property, adding to its air of spookiness.
There's also a playground, in addition to the table games and goats. You could easily spend an entire afternoon here!
At "The Last Page," a collection of non-fiction books awaits. The nearby Main Barn houses the overflow and is a miraculous maze of texts. If you see some books you like, you can put them in your wagon and wheel them around with you.
And did I mention the cats? There's no store quite as fun, or with so many indoor and outdoor activities. So what are you waiting for?
Book Barn is located at 41 West Main Street, Niantic, Connecticut 06357. For another spot bookworms will adore, say hello to
The Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.