Summer’s on its way, which means it’s time to take a vacation – and that doesn’t mean just devoting more of your waking hours to whatever video game you’re trying to beat or binge watching Firefly and Dr. Who.
No, it’s time to really get away, and we’ve cultivated the perfect list of geeky locales. You won’t experience a moment’s boredom at these vacation spots, so layer on the sunscreen and hit the road – there’s a lot to see.
For The History Buff or Engineer
If you’re interested in the history of tools, from massive buckets to threshing machines to butter molds, the Mercer Museum in Doylestown, Pennsylvania is the destination for you. This unique collection is housed in an equally unusual building, a castle made from poured-in-place concrete, and the displays lean against walls and hang from ceilings. Derived from the collection of a 19th century anthropologist, you won’t find such a broad collection of tools anywhere else.
For The Superhero Geek Or Harry Potter Devotee
For those who enjoy fast-paced rides and super-powered adventures, Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida is everything you could hope for. Many of the rides derive their themes from superheroes like Captain America and the Hulk, while another section of the park is devoted to recreating the magical atmosphere of Harry Potter. You’ll likely encounter some long lines, but the rides are worth the wait.
In addition to the rides and character meet-and-greets you’ll find at Universal Studios, the Orlando area offers a variety of other activities – and not just of the Disney variety. Catch the Blue Man Group performing in the evenings or scope the area for a sweet treat.
Orlando can be pricey, but there are opportunities to vacation for less if you look around. Women Savings features one contest opportunity – this one from Woman’s Day magazine, but there are certainly other ways to save, including coupons and discount passes. Orlando has something for everyone and on every budget.
For The Archaeology Nerd Or Jurassic Park Aficionado
A less well-known vacation locale that will fulfill your inner geek – and also your inner child – can be found at the Museum of Western Colorado. Here you can sign on for a one day, real life dinosaur dig in the Jurassic Gladiator Pit. You’ll learn proper techniques, meet geologists and archaeologists, and work alongside them to uncover Jurassic-era dinosaur bones.
For The Comic Book Collector
There are comic conventions in cities across the country and around the world, but San Diego’s annual convention may be the crown jewel. This convention hosts over 100,000 fans each year with endless panels and film screenings, opportunities to meet favorite artists and actors, and an excuse to dress up in outrageously creative costumes. Get working on your cosplay plans now, because you’ll be up against some serious competition in the costume department.
For The Space Cadet Or Sci-Fi Fanatic
Who among us hasn’t wished to be an astronaut? Well, the U.S. space program may be at a standstill, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take a trip to the Kennedy Space Center. Here you can tour museum-style exhibits, tour the assembly building and launch pads, and even pay a visit to mission control. It’s not quite space camp – that’s a different vacation – but it’s a fascinating immersion in space history.
For The Stay-At-Home Gamer
If these destinations aren’t enough for you, maybe it’s time to climb inside your favorite video games. While you can’t actually play this real life simulation of Uncharted 4, the video is a great peek into one of the most exciting games on the market. Trust us – if we could get inside this simulation, we would.
Vacation season is just getting started, so if you’re lucky, you’ll be able to fit a few of these great sites into your summer plans. You might even consider choosing one beyond your niche – you might learn something exciting or even discover a new passion.