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Mystic Aquarium, Mystic

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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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  • FISHY for sure -- as it should be --- a lovely Aquarium. Penguins, eels, and much much more. A good 2 hours out or longer in the summer. If I lived there would get a membership. 
    FISHY for sure -- as it should be --- a lovely Aquarium. Penguins, eels, and much much more. A good 2 hours out or longer in the summer. If I lived there would get a membership.  more »
  • This was a wonderful day, we visited and interacted with our grandsons. Totally accessible with my walker. 
    This was a wonderful day, we visited and interacted with our grandsons. Totally accessible with my walker.  more »
  • Wow! What a beautiful place. This was walking distance from our hotel and the local Mystick Village. We spent about 2 hours here, including the sea lion show (don’t miss it!). Kids loved seeing the... 
    Wow! What a beautiful place. This was walking distance from our hotel and the local Mystick Village. We spent about 2 hours here, including the sea lion show (don’t miss it!). Kids loved seeing the...  more »
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  • Went to the Mystic Aquarium and had a wonderful visit. Very educational and many interesting sea creatures to view and learn about. Many exhibits one can touch the animals, the visiting children were all ecstatic while learning about ocean life and conservation. A big shout out to the food prep there, I had a BLT that was really amazing! I highly recommend a trip to the Aquarium, quite fun.
  • A smaller aquarium but fun for all ages. A normal visit will be about one to two hours depending on what you want to see. Everything is nicely organized and usually not over crowded. It's a great time for the family if they have an interest in aquatic life, with plenty of exhibits and interactive ones.
  • A very cute aquarium! The prices have gone up immensely but I know they are an intricate part to supporting and maintaining marine wildlife off our New England coasts. I wish the signage to the marine life had said where they were from. We love learning about where each animal comes from and there are not enough verbiage to educate. The staff needs to have a stronger voice to the ignorant and blatantly irresponsible patronage who do not follow the rules. Washing your hands, using the two finger pet rule and avoiding certain areas of the petting pools is so dang important. Repeating the rules in a passive aggressive manner does not make people listen. Back bones and strong representation to the aquarium recommended. Otherwise, a beautiful clean aquarium for the public to be enjoy. Kid friendly. Handicapable friendly. Educational to a point thanks to the staff.
  • It's smaller than the aquariums I'm used to going to, but it's amazing nonetheless. The beluga whales they have are absolutely adorable and I can look at them all day. Definitely recommend the sea lion show as well--educating and fun. Tons of interactive stuff, such as touching manta/sting rays and small sharks. There's also virtual reality in which my family got to explore tiger sharks in with scuba divers. Would love to go again.
  • Nice and fun aquarium! I loved the 4D experience about the Dinosaurs - 2 short movies, dinosaurs, frogs, lizards, a special spot for pictures with dinosaurs! I LOVE the belugas! The sea lions are great! You can pet the stingrays. So much to see and to do! Highly recommend! Get tickets online to avoid any wait. Also, if you get tickets togerher to Mystic Aquarium and Mystic Seaport Museum, you will significantly save! Plenty of parking. Nice shopping and restaurant area in the town around the Aquarium.

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