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The Tourister Geek central: Hotspots for lovers of medieval war machines, Peter Pan

Ahhh, geeks. Back in the day the term geek was used to described carnival freaks that would bite the heads off chickens and chew on glass. Obviously geeks have evolved. Now they’re the ones that we loved to pick on in college, and probably the ones that we’re working for now. They’re usually sporting comic book T-shirts, Doritos fingers and always have an opinion on which Internet messaging board to frequent. But hey, let’s face…

The Tourister: Where to see wild animals (besides the bars)

If you enjoy mingling with wildlife, Maine features several intriguing destinations. Here’s our Top 5 list:1. York’s Wild Kingdom, Route 1 in York Beach: If you’re looking to get close to a wide variety of animals from around the world, York’s Wild Kingdom is the place to do it. This zoo and amusement park combo boasts over 60 species, including big cats, gators, tropical birds and everything in between. While you can’t exactly pet the…

The TouristerCongress Square in August: A day in the life includes movies, nuptial celebrations

Congress Square Park was buzzing this past weekend with newlyweds posing for photos and another couple celebrating 52 years together. Ben Morgan and Jenna VandenBoogaard were married nearby and feted the union at the old Eastland Park Hotel, now the Westin Portland Harborview.Leroy and Beatrice Dudley took in the film To Kill a Mockingbird that evening as part of their 52nd wedding anniversary celebration. The group Friends of Congress Square Park stages free events in…

 The Tourister: Our list of top offbeat destinations

Those in search of the quirky, the bizarre or the mildly offbeat can check out these “learning” opportunities.The Umbrella Cover Museum. USA Today has profiled it in company with weird sites such as the Winchester Mystery House of San Jose, Calif., and the Underwater Music Festival of Big Pine Key, Fla., but the Umbrella Cover Museum is truly one of a kind. It boasts visitors from across the world. Then, there’s this distinction: “The Guinness…

The Tourister: Top five destinations to take your dog

1. Wells and York beaches. Check first, but these are the dog-friendliest beach communities. Scarborough used to be, now it's a toss-up. Take Ferry Beach: Scarborough has become a mystery maze for dog owners. Just to read up on the town's ordinance about dogs on beaches, visit https://sites.google.com/a/scarboroughmaine.org/town/ and click on "Learn About…" You may need legal assistance sorting out the rules once you dig into the ordinance itself. But we hear that Ferry Beach…
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