There's something about knowing everyone will be eligible for the Coronavirus vaccine by April 5 that has me dusting off my travel books and wanting to get out into the world around me. I may not be able to fly to Paris or take a cruise to Alaska, but it will definitely feel good to jump in the car and go anywhere, even if it's just an hour or two away. And, as it turns out, Connecticut has a lot of interesting day trips to offer. Ever wanted to live out your Jurassic Park fantasies? In Connecticut, you can. Interested in spending the day wandering bookshelves, looking for cats and petting goats? CT's got that covered too. Here are six day trips around Connecticut to indulge in once we're all fully vaccinated. Any fan of the early 2000s TV show "Gilmore Girls" knows the show takes place in the fictional town of Stars Hollow, Connecticut. However, it is possible to go to the towns that inspired the show, Washington and New Milford. In Washington, fans can find The Mayflower Inn, which is said to have been the inspiration Lorelei's workplace, The Independence Inn, and Marty's Caf\u00e9, the basis for Luke's Diner. The Washington Food Market bears a striking resemblance to Doose's Market from the show. In New Milford, the pilgrimage continues with The New Milford Town Green and its lovely little gazebo. The Stars Hollow gazebo is the site of many pivotal moments in the show. There are also plenty of non-Gilmore Girls attractions to explore, such as Lover's Leap State Park and The Elephant's Trunk Flea Market in New Milford and G.W. Tavern in Washington. For information, visit explorewashingtonct.com and newmilford.org. New Britain is home to a hidden gem neighborhood called Little Poland. Walking through this neighborhood is like taking a step across the pond into Europe - without needing a passport. There are three Polish-language newspapers and a Polish-language television station. Then there's the food: seven Polish restaurants and two Polish grocery stores, Polmart and Roly Poly Bakery, serve pierogis, stuffed cabbage, fresh-baked breads and other Polish comfort foods. The town also holds two Polish festivals a year, the Dozynki Polish Harvest Festival and the Little Poland Festival. For information, visit the neighborhood Facebook page or go to visitnbct.com. Usually one bookstore wouldn't warrant an entire day trip (unless you're a true blue bibliophile, of course) but The Book Barn in Niantic isn't just another store. For one thing, there are three "chapters" or stores to explore. The Main Barn is the biggest of the three chapters. It's home to sprawling gardens and a host of animal friends, including turtles, fish, goats and cats. There are so many cats that there's an online "spotting guide" so guests can know all the cats by name. Open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. daily at 41 West Main St., Niantic. For information, visit bookbarnniantic.com. Mystic is a sleepy little town in the winter and a bustling vacation spot in the summer. It's the home of Mystic Pizza, a beloved pizza shop immortalized in the 1988 Julia Roberts film of the same name, where visitors can still grab a slice today. There's also the Mystic Seaport Museum, which features a recreation of a New England fishing village from the 19th century (boats and all). There's Mystic Aquarium, where you can see the only beluga whales in New England. Olde Mystick Village is an outdoor shopping mall next to the aquarium. You won't find Auntie Anne's and H&M here, but you will find stores that sell hand-made soaps, Christmas ornaments for any season, and local honeys, mustards and spreads. There's even a little tea shop themed to "Alice and Wonderland" where Alice herself hangs halfway out of the ceiling. There are also all kinds of ghost tours and boat tours to take you around the town. For information visit thisismystic.com. Sure, you could go on a safari to see lions, wildebeest and giraffes - or you could drive an hour or two to Oakdale and see triceratops, brontosauruses and pterodactyls. The Dinosaur Place features trails and caves with more than 50 life-sized animatronic dinosaurs and a lake with a man-made volcano that sends rumbling vibrations into the ground. The trail is about 1.5 miles long and has plenty of picnic areas to stop and rest if needed. The Dinosaur Place is part of Nature's Art Village in Montville, and features a number of shops and a minigolf course. Open 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. daily at 1650 Hartford-New London Turnpike, Montville. For information, visit naturesartvillage.com. The Shore Line Trolley Museum in East Haven is the oldest operating trolley museum in the U.S. Guests can enter the museum and learn about the history of trolleys, and then board an actually trolley for a scenic ride through the Shoreline salt marsh. The trolley guide will also point out restored trolleys in the museum's collection and explain how they worked. Call for hours. Operates seasonally at 17 River St., East Haven. For information, call 203- 467-6927 or visit shorelinetrolley.org.