Geeks, nerds and comic book fans have taken over the world! Passions and interests that were once hidden and mocked have now gone mainstream, and from Hogwarts to Metropolis, there are plenty of destinations that celebrate the Geekverse. Here are the best destinations around the world that every geek, nerd and comic book fan must visit at least once!
Geeks, nerds and comic book fans rejoice, the universe has not only accepted our geeky passions but now it has become mainstream we no longer have to hide our love for all things pop culture! No matter what fandom you are a part of there is somewhere for you. Here are the top 10 destinations around the world that will let your geeky little heart explode with joy!
Harry Potter Studio Tour, Herefordshire, UK.
The Harry Potter Studio Tour is an absolute must visit for any fan of JK Rowlings work. Much more than just a theme park or Hogwarts pretender, these are the actual studios where they filmed the movies! This huge tour gives you a glimpse into the detail that was put into the making of the films as it allows you to tour the actual sets and see the props and special effects used.
Platform 9 and 3/4, London, UK.
Any fan of Harry Potter should check out Platform 9 and 3/4 at London’s Kings Cross Station too! It isn’t on the actual platform anymore because it is a wirking train station anymore, but it has been moved to an area near the entrance where you can get your photo taken with the iconic sign and visit the gift shop!
Metropolis, Illinois, USA.
No fan of the greatest superhero of all time can pass up the chance to visit his adopted city of Metropolis! The Superman museum has memorabilia from all the films, TV series and collectable and comic worlds, and if the statue of Superman himself and every other coffee shop and bar reminding you of the man of steel isn’t enough for you, visit during the annual Superman celebration where literally everyone dresses up!
Arcains, Liverpool, UK.
Arcains is a great place to recapture your youth pumping coins into arcade games and beating the hell out of Rocksteady, BeBop and the Shredder on TMNT (or TMHT as it was known in the UK back then for all the major geeks out there!)
Basically Arcains is a huge gaming hall filled with retro arcade games that will take you back to your childhood faster than a souped up DeLorean! There are three floors all filled with different vintage machines, and the best part is you just pay on the door and then all the games are free to play.
Roswell, New Mexico.
If the legends are to be believed a UFO crashed at Roswell, New Mexico in 1947, and the government have been hiding what they found from us ever since! The entire town of Roswell has become a mecca for true believers ever since with a UFO museum and an annual festival celebrating all things little grey man!
Vulcan, Alberta, Canada.
The Star Trek capital of Canada is at first glance just a small town in rural Alberta, surrounded by seemingly endless farmland, but look a bit closer and you’ll find a destination that has took full advantage of its famous moniker and has become a cekebration of all things Trek! From the space station shaped visitor center to the statue of the original Enterprise (not A, B, C or bloody D), abd even the Trek memorabilia filled museum every trekkie will never want to leave! Live long and prosper!
Hotel Sidi Driss, Matamata, Tunisia.
Any Star Wars fan will instantly recognise Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru’s homestead on tatooine, in reality a traditional Berber house that is now in use as a hotel! Head to the nearby desert to find the spots were C3P0 and R2D2 were ambushed, Anakin had the pod race and the Mandalorian tests out his new N1 Starfighter! You can even find the Mos Eisley cantina in the nearby Ajim.
Space Camp, Huntsville, USA.
Space Camp is the ultimate experience for every geek, nerd and space fan! Located in Huntsville, Alabama this bucket list destination isn’t just for kids, it also has an adults only programme where you can fulfil your nerdy dreams of going into space and being an astronaut!
Jay And Silent Bob’s Secret Stash, New Jersey, USA.
This simple comic shop has become an iconic destination on and of itself, owned by Silent Bob himself, Kevin Smith, and therefore eternally linked to the iconic movie duo, this shop is also the location of the AMC show Comic Book Men. the
US Space and Rocket Centre, Huntsville, USA.
Alongside Space Camp is the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, the vast complex of museums, parks and exhibitions where tourists from all over the world can come and marvel at the actual rockets, technology and artifacts that have been integral to mankind’s journey into space.
The countless displays of genuine rockets, rocket pieces and space memorabilia is astounding, especially when you think of the marvels these pieces of engineering have achieved with less computer processing power than the phone you have in your pocket! The Space and Rocket Center gives you just a small sense of the awe inspiring achievements we have made in getting into space, and the raw passion and excitement the NASA docents have as they talk about their work is genuinely palpable, and it is infectious!
Musee Herge, Belgium.
Dedicated to the life and work of the Belgian cartoonist Georges Remi, better known as Hergé, this museum is perhaps better known by its nickname, the Tin Tin Museum after Hergé’s most famous creation. Gallery after Gallery is dedicated to the comic series The Adventures Of Tin Tin and the characters made famous in the comics and cartoons, and is a must see for anyone like me who loved the series as a child.
Hall of Heroes Museum, Eikhart, USA.
Imagine a superhero museum that is housed in a replica of the Hall of Justice, has a replica of the actual Batcave, the real one with Adam West, inside it and a vast collection of comic books and art? This is the best superhero museum in the world!
Toybox Bistro, Huntsville, USA.
The third entry from huntsville on this list, Toybox Bistro is a fun diner that celebrates your inner geek! Imagine going for dinner, eating some of the best, honest American food around and a solid dose of good old fashioned Southern hospitality alongside it, but you were also surrounded by all the toys and games you loved as a child and the collectible action figures you coveted as an adult!
Akihabara Electric Town, Tokyo, Japan.
Japan in general is a geek mecca, but the heart of all nerd culture in Japan is Akihabara Electric Town. Thus neighbourhood is dedicated to all things computer game and Otaku culture, with countless manga and faming shops, ubiquitous naid cafes This center-city area is the core of the country’s video game and electronics culture, with literally hundreds of stores specializing in all kinds of merchandise. Over the last 10 years, it’s also become a hub of otaku culture, with tons of anime and manga stores, maid cafes and other spots filling the gaps between electronics stores. If you’re not a Japanese speaker, stop in first at Tokyo Anime Center Akiba Info to pick up a map of the area.
Pints And Pixels, Huntsville, USA.
Even geeks get hungry, and when they do they love to eat good food and have a few drinks served with a massive side order of nostalgia, huddled over the same arcade games that took all of our pocket money as kids!
Pints and Pixels is a bar that serves hamburgers, hot dogs, beer and all that American goodness! But they have far more than that. This isn’t just a place to come and grab some dinner or a drink, this is a place filled with all the arcade treasures from our childhoods! They even have a vintage Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles arcade game! Just take all of my money!
NASA Kennedy Space Centre, Cape Canaveral, USA.
NASA’s Kennedy Space Centre is not only an iconic American institution it is a must visit for any space geek out there. Whether you want to experience a rocket launch for yourself or just soak up the history behind the U.S. Space Program, a day at the Kennedy Space Center is unforgettable!
CERN, Geneva, Switzerland.
The large Hadron Collider is perhaps one of the greatest scientific achievements of this century, and what geek would love the chance to visit and imagine unlocking some of the quantum physics greatest mysteries? You do need to book in advance but tours of the facility are fascinating and is a true must visit, iconic trip.
NASA Marshall Space Flight Centre, Huntsville, USA.
NASAs Kennedy Centre may be iconic, but with a mock up of the ISS mission control, interactive exhibits, close up views of launch facilities and even Scotty himself (I’m not kidding), NASA’s Marshall Centre, located in the geek capital of the world, Huntsville in Alabama, is beyond legendary!
Forbidden Planet, London, England.
The original that started it all, the Forbidden Planet brand is now a global icon to geeks, nerds and comic book lovers worldwide, but this is the original and still the best! There are now a few different shops and locations to visit in London, but the original is on Denmark street.
J World, Tokyo, Japan.
Any fan of Manga, especially the iconic publications of Shonen Jump, has to visit J World, a huge theme park dedicated to all things Dragon Ball Z, Goku, Yu-Gi-Oh and One Piece! You can take a virtual reality ride on the Flying Nimbus, practice your Ninjutsu with Naruto and so much more.
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