It may not quite offer the strange thrills of the Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory, but the PEZ Visitor Center in Orange will give you true insight into the history of this venerable candy treat. There over 4,000 square feet devoted to all things PEZ, including the largest collection of PEZ memorabilia on public display in the world and a viewing area into the manufacturing floor where the candy is made.
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When the weather just won’t clear up, kids can get bored with too much of nothing to do, so here’s a Getaway that mixes things up with some of Connecticut’s best indoor points of interest.
At Rocky Hill’s Dinosaur State Park , see 500 authentic sandstone dinosaur tracks (one of the largest collections of preserved Jurassic tracks on the continent), explore an arboretum filled with plants from families that flourished during the Age of Dinosaurs, and touch fossils in the Discovery Room. Then head to the museum’s casting area to make a trip souvenir – a plaster cast of a eubrontes footprint. For details and tips about the casting process (a change of clothes is a good idea), check the listing page.
In a stunning building overlooking the Connecticut River, the Connecticut Science Center offers hours of fun and learning, including many ingenious hands-on exhibits, labs, video displays and movies.
And if the sun does come out, well, get out on the Connecticut River aboard RiverQuest, a 64-foot vessel run out of Eagle Landing in Haddam by Connecticut River Expeditions. Weekend trips include eagle/osprey cruises, Selden Island exploration, a kids’ cruise and more. You’ll get a perspective of the river valley and the river itself that you can’t possibly get from the shore.