HARTFORD, Conn., Jan. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- According to NASA, and as widely
reported in the media, the land rover Spirit made a historic landing on the
Red Planet earlier this week in a "Connecticut-sized" basin, which scientists
think was once a massive lake.
Although the approximate size might be the same, Connecticut has many
characteristics different from Mars -- not to mention the more than
3.5 million inhabitants to, as far as we know, Mars' zero population.
"At 5,009 square miles, Connecticut is the third smallest state in the
U.S., yet has been a state full of significant discoveries and inventions
throughout history," said Ed Dombroskas, director for the Connecticut Office
of Tourism. "While we may be similar in size to the Spirit landing site, I can
say for sure: there's a lot more to do here in Connecticut. Plus it's a much
Fortunately, Earthlings won't need to travel 106 million miles to Mars to
learn about some of Connecticut's interesting places of discoveries,
* Discovery Museum, Bridgeport, CT
Visitors can become part of a team sending a mission to Mars with the
Challenger Learning Center located at the museum, which includes several
educational simulators. At the core of the learning center is a two-room
lab designed to simulate Mission Control and a Space Station. During the
program, visitors transform themselves into astronauts, engineers and
scientists in order to complete their mission. For more information,
visit www.discoverymuseum.org or contact (203) 372-3521.
* Dinosaur State Park, Rocky Hill, CT
Made by large carnivorous dinosaurs, visitors can discover 500 real
Jurassic Period dinosaur tracks that are 200 million years old. Enclosed
by a geodesic dome, this is the only protected dinosaur track way in the
world. For more information, visit www.dinosaurstatepark.com or
contact (860) 529-8423.
* PT Barnum Museum, Bridgeport, CT
The only museum that depicts the life of P.T. Barnum, a man "out of this
world," who brought the unusual to the general public and founded the
"Greatest Show on Earth." Within the three floors of the museum,
visitors will see Baby Bridgeport, a preserved elephant; the Feejee
Mermaid, Barnum's biggest hoax; the world-famous Tom Thumb and his
miniature equipage; Lavinia Warren, Mrs. Tom Thumb; the Pa-Ib mummy,
buried more than 2,500 years ago; and the Lilliputian Circus. For more
information, contact (203) 331-1104.
* Science Center of Connecticut, West Hartford, CT
Visitors can unlock their imagination as they are whisked away to other
worlds and gaze the beauty of the night sky in the Gengras Planetarium
located at the museum. Couples can even get married in the planetarium
under a starry evening or families can host an evening birthday party.
For more information, visit www.sciencecenterct.org or
contact (860) 231-2824.
* Mark Twain House and Visitors Center, Hartford, CT
Mark Twain knew all about traveling great distances and throughout time
with his book, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, which was one
of the world's first stories about time travel. Guests of the Mark Twain
House will enjoy visiting the famed author's home, and exploring the new
33,000-square-ft. Mark Twain Visitors Center, which recently opened in
November 2003. For more information, visit www.marktwainhouse.org or
contact (860) 247-0998.
For other earthly activities found in Connecticut, travelers will want to
visit the Connecticut Office of Tourism website at www.ctbound.org and click
on its innovative 52 Getaways for suggested itineraries. In addition,
travelers can click onto Specials -- a one-stop resource guide that includes
options to create a personalized itinerary. With one simple click, a list
appears highlighting some of the hottest deals around the state. All
essential information -- including a description of the package, dates of
availability, and contact information -- is clearly outlined, in addition some
direct links are provided to each individual property and attraction mentioned
in the package.
For more information please call 1-800-CT BOUND (1-800-282-6863) or
www.ctbound.org. Visit www.louhammond.com 24/7; download releases/photography.
SOURCE Connecticut Office of Tourism