For those who haven’t heard it’s okay, you’re probably one of the cool kids but for the rest of us today is the day to snap on a pair of suspenders, break out the chunkiest eyewear we have and pull those socks up proudly because today is Geek Pride Day.
That’s right, one whole day to celebrate being Sci-fi fans, manga readers, internet cultivators (aka: bloggers or I.T. guys!) or just to celebrate your inner geek – we all have one!
Being a geek doesn’t mean the library and the local museum are your only hang outs though. Oh no, there are plenty of great geeky places you could visit. Here are just six stops that I’d make on my ultimate round-the-world geek-tastic adventure.
Visit the Space Coast, Florida
Ever wanted to know how much F=ma you’d need to get out of the earths gravitational pull? Oh, who am I kidding you already know! Stop reading from books and spend some time on Florida’s Space Coast and watch a rocket launch from the Kennedy Space Center. For the full season of rocket launches Space Coast Launches and get ready for lift-off!!
While you are there visit the Kennedy Space Center and take part in the Shuttle Launch experience, see a rocket and see artefacts from the Apollo launches, including a real Saturn V rocket!
Modern day GhostBusters in New York
Got a passion for the paranormal? Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters!!! Strap on your ghost busting trap and prepare the Ecto-Containment Unit as you go on a Ghost busting adventure of New York City and what better place to start than the teams headquarters in the movie series.
Hook and Ladder 8 is a operating fire station but the building was used for shooting scenes outside the parapsychologists headquarters in the movies. Whilst no Slimer can be found the firehouse located in downtown Manhattan near a plethora of other geeky activities.
Do you geek out over superheros? Check out this awesome superhero movie tour in NYC while you are there!
Walk the Halls of Hogwarts throughout Britain
Britain is positively teaming with places young wizard, witches and even the off muggle or two might visit if they want to get a taste of Harry Potter’s magical world. There are plenty of websites which would help your trip to Hogwarts but here a just a few locations you could visit.
- Kings Cross station in central London holds the location where students would catch the Hogwarts Express from Platform 9 ¾
- Leadenhall Market in London is used as Diagon Alley in Harry Potter and the Philospopher’s Stone
- Christ Church College in Oxford is used as the Hogwarts Dining Hall
- Steall Falls at Glen Nevis in Glencoe, Scotland is where the Tri-Wizard Tournament is held in the Goblet of Fire as well as providing a backdrop to Quidditch matches in the first two movies
- Durham Cathedral in Durham, England was transformed into the Hogwart’s quadrangle and also set to Professor McGonagall’s class
For bonus points which will go towards your OWLs then visit Harry Potter’s Wizarding World in Orlando, Florida as well!
Get your geek on in Tokyo, Japan
Are you a bit of a computer nut? Gadgets and gizmo’s get your heart racing? Look no further than heading to the land of technology – Tokyo, Japan!!
If you’re after anything for cameras, mobiles, laptops, or even fancy a new fridge you have to check out Bic Camera. Located through out Japan each store is a metropolis for technology and you could spend hours rummaging around finding things which aren’t available anywhere else in the world yet.
Whilst you’re in Japan celebrate being a geek as the Japanese are happy to embrace the quirky, crazy and geeky but if your wardrobe needs an update head to Harajuku. Filled with hundreds of shops that will give you the best update to your wardrobe with super geeky backpacks, socks, glasses, and knick knacks.
See if you can spot Optimus Prime at the Hoover Dam, Nevada
Does the site of a yellow Chevrolet Camaro get you excited? Perhaps you’re checking the decals on that semi you just passed to make sure it’s not Optimus Prime. What ever your Transformer’s tickle may be be sure to visit the Hoover Dam, Nevada which is a Sector 7 base housing the all-spark and a frozen Megatron.
Today you can take an elevator 530 feet down into the Black Canyon for a tour of the powerplant, and be sure to talk along the observation deck for views across Lake Mead.
Visit the mecca of the Internet at Google’s HQ
Go on a spiritual journey and visit Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California. Servicing over 100 million + searches a month Google isn’t just a pretty website their headquarters and offices around the world have been designed to look like something of a play space.
Spend some time playing space invaders in the lounge room before taking a Google bike for a spin inside and outside of the building. Get your mind working as you play with a Google rubix cube and then take some time to play beach volleyball before having a healthy lunch in the Google cafeteria.
For more photos of the Mountain View Headquarters have a look at this blog.
Not Geeky Enough?
Check out these geek travel trip ideas to help you plan your next geek-tastic holiday! With tips from actor Stephen Fry and Editorial Director of Marvel Ryan Penagos it’s sure to get you inspired to get out from behind the computer or out of the lab and explore the world geek style!