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Mystic Aquarium, Mystic

3.9
#1 of 82 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. Tour the Ocean Exploration Center to find maps, diagrams, and models of the Black Sea and the Titanic. For an additional fee, you can approach the African penguins, touch the Belugas, and feed sting rays. 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 drinks, or try out the 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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  • While visiting Mystic we went over to the aquarium. Walked up to the ticket booth and saw the price. Wife and I decided that $98 dollars per person for two people in their 70"s was just too much for o...  more »
  • I really enjoy aquariums, and while this one was nice, it seemed very expensive for the amount of attractions. They do have some unique spaces, including beluga whales and penguins, but overall it was...  more »
  • Great place to bring the little ones. It gets crazy in the summer and during some holidays. I always go during week days if possible. They have food but you’re better off grabbing something next door ...  more »
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  • Nice aquarium and viewing. I loved the marsh area! I knocked off one star because it is a very small aquarium for what u pay for. This also makes it extremely crowded very easily and quickly. I know it has been expanded some already but it is not all that big and you could walk through within an hour if it's not crowded.
  • Spent a great day here. We don't have kids and I was a little concerned it was going to be mostly kid-oriented but it was honestly probably more fun without kids. It's smaller than the Boston aquarium but you can easily spend a whole day here. I'd recommend eating elsewhere but other than that it was perfect. The gift shop is great and has a very cool selection of just about everything and isn't as overpriced as most gift shops tend to be. The staff was all very friendly and knowledgeable. Bring a camera if you have one, I got some very cool shots. We will be going back!
  • I arrived here on a Sunday with my mom. Best advise would be to get there EARLY. Because people are off, it gets packed quickly. We were probably better off going during the week when there aren't so many people, especially with small children. There's a lot to see, a lot to touch, and the staff are very responsive. In total I think we (2 adults) were there for about 4 hours. I wish they had had more food options but I understand that it's a small establishment and would suggest bringing your own food if you have food restrictions.
  • Great day for the family. Tickets may seem a little on the pricy side, but there is a lot to do once inside. Very easy to spend an entire day. They also do a great job of keeping the place "fresh" so you always see something new every time you visit.
  • Took my daughter up here for a day trip just after her school was closed for the year. I don't think I could decide which one of us was more excited to get there and who had more fun! It's also a plus that they offer military discounts and the staff could not be friendlier! Definitely worth a trip.

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Large resorts fill the scenic land near the water. The local casino manages one luxury resort with over 1,000 rooms. The others are owned by large chains known for providing luxury accommodations. Inland are historical mansions and houses that have been converted to bed and breakfasts and inns. These lodgings have fewer rooms, so book early to ensure your space.
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