35 Prindle Hill Road
Orange, CT 06477
The United States headquarters for PEZ Candy moved to Orange, CT in 1974. PEZ has become part of our pop culture and is a fun way to eat candy. For the last two years, the factory has offered self-guided tours with viewing windows, video monitors and a store where visitors can purchase candy. Admission is $4 for children ages three to 12 and seniors, $5 for regular admission over age 12 and free for children under three years of age.
Submarine Force Museum
1 Crystal Lake Road
Groton, CT 06340
The world’s first nuclear-powered submarine was built in Connecticut and has found its permanent home. The USS Nautilus was built in Groton, CT and launched in 1954. This submarine was innovative because it allowed submarines to remain under water longer than diesel-electric submarines. The USS Nautilus became a National Historic Landmark in 1982, two years after it was decommissioned. It has become a part of the Submarine Force Museum in Groton, CT which offers tours of two compartments and virtual tours of other parts of the sub.
520 Corbin Ave.
New Britain, CT 06052
New Britain, Connecticut is home to one of the oldest soda bottling companies in New England. Avery’s Beverages is still in operation today as a family-run business. Its locally made soda is still being produced in a little red barn all these years later. The business began in 1904 with rapid growth of new flavors including birch beer, ginger ale and root beer. Avery’s is known for keeping tradition and using glass bottles. Visitors can tour the factory, invent their own soda flavors and try their hand at how soda was made 50 years ago.
Scoville Memorial LIbrary
38 Main St.
Salisbury, CT 06068
The Scoville Memorial Library is the first library in the United States to open to the public free of charge. Since its development in 1803, the library has now expanded with a rear section built for offices, books and to hold events. It now operates as a not-for-profit association and is enjoyed by locals in the area. The library is open daily except for Mondays.
263 Crown St.
New Haven, CT 06511
Louis’ Lunch has laid claims to being the birthplace of the hamburger. Since 1900, Louis Lassen’s quick creation of the hamburger has become an American staple. Tradition carries on today with the family recipe, original cast iron grill and allowing no condiments in the restaurant. The small menu includes a burger, chips, potato salad, homemade pies and drinks.
Kimberly Ord is a freelance writer and lifetime resident of Connecticut. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.