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Mystic Aquarium, Mystic

4.0
#1 of 186 in Parks in Connecticut
See one of the United States' largest outdoor beluga whale exhibits at Mystic Aquarium, and get close-up with sharks, sea lions, penguins, octopi, and other ocean critters. Get hands on at touch exhibits where you can feel a reptile, stingray, shark, or crustacean. For an additional fee, you can get even closer during an animal encounter program with an African penguin, beluga whale, or even feed stingrays. Children and grownups can take educational programs at the aquarium to find out more about the marine life and conservation practices. Bring your own food and dine at the outdoor picnic area or try out the on-site cafe, which offers burgers, pizzas, snacks, wraps, and so on. Put Mystic Aquarium into our Mystic holiday builder website to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Mystic.
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  • We had been to Baltimore a year ago, and expected Mystic to be a smaller version. Boy were we wrong. Go in and the two beluga whales generate instant attention. We are outside and the temps are in the...  more »
  • My kids are 8 and 11 and they barely made it 2 hours here, but it's a nice aquarium. It's laid out well - if you've ever been to the Boston Aquarium, this place is laid out so much nicer. The outdoor ...  more »
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  • I love this aquarium!! I've been to 3 aquariums in the last month, this one is by far the best. The staff are all very knowledgeable about the animals in the exhibits and there are plenty of staff available. The exhibits are very well designed and the signage is placed in good locations. There is a diverse selection of animals; ranging from lake sturgeon to beluga whales. The belugas are a personal favorite of mine, the male Juno is very friendly and loves to play with children. I can stand there for hours, watching the whales swim around. This is a great place to take a family for an educational and relaxing day.
  • My boyfriend and I have been going to the Boston Aquarium for our whole lives so it was really exciting to take a little weekend trip to Mystic. We rented a hotel close by and slept there to wake up early and go! Well worth the 2 hour drive and money for gas/rent room/admission for 2 and lunch! I truly felt like a child again going to the aquarium. I was about to start running when I saw the beluga whales. Highlight of my whole day. I recommend going more in the warmer days... Didn't realize how much was outdoors but we chose a great winter day. The belugas love the cold so they were extra happy I think. I enjoyed every room and every tank. I am really into reef tank keeping in my own life so seeing these huge tanks was a blast. My boyfriend was really into how large the tanks where. We had an amazing time as two 30 year olds into the fish keeping hobby. I imagine families would also like it here 😉 when you hear the whale speak you will giggle!!!

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