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Attractions in Mystic Connecticut offer indoor and outdoor fun

55 Coogan Boulevard Mystic, CT, 06355 Phone: 860-572-5955

One of Mystic's best know & magnificent attractions

The Mystic Aquarium holds its own unique place in this historic New England village. Encounter programs will allow you to gain a deeper appreciation for marine life, and an animal rescue clinic will show you how it rescues and rehabilitates stranded seals. The 4D and National Geographic Theaters offer captivating footage you won’t forget. Discover sea creatures in both indoor and outdoor exhibits. Beluga whales, African penguins, rescued seals, colorful fish, 30 different species of frogs and a 6’alligator await. Touch a shark, stingray or an exotic reptile. Sea lions amaze and amuse in the Foxwoods Marine Theater. In Exploration: Wild! you’ll discover the most extreme environments found on earth. Enjoy year -round events and appearances. Sea more at MysticAquarium.org.

1225 Ocean Avenue New London, CT, 06320 Phone: 860-447-3031 Toll-Free: 800-510-7263

There’s family fun and more at Ocean Beach Park. New this year is our Splash Park for kids under 8. For more water fun we have the ocean, of course, an Olympic-size swimming pool and triple waterslide. Our award-winning lifeguard staff is on duty for your safety. For more fun we have rides, mini-golf, and a Family Fun Center with a video arcade. Kids can enjoy our playground and adults can work out in the health club. The nature walk and observation deck let you enjoy our natural beauty.

When all the activity makes you hungry you have dining choices; our full-service restaurant, a food court, or ice cream stands. Ocean Beach Park can also accommodate picnics and corporate events. Our nightly entertainment schedule includes Classic Car Cruises on Mondays; kids movies on the beach Tuesday; live magic on Wednesday; Sock Hop on Thursday; and live bands on Friday.

Parking fee includes park admission for everyone riding in the car. Weekends, $22; weekdays, $17; week nights, $6; movie and magic show, $6; holidays, $30; Monday cruise night, free; fireworks nights, $6; pre- and post-season weekends, $10. Season parking decals: New London resident, $75 year-round; New London senior, $25; non-resident, $110.

12 Steamboat Wharf Mystic, CT, 06355 Phone: 860-536-0416

Sail Away!

Discover islands, lighthouses and the beauty of sailing as you bask in the sun and salt air aboard the traditional schooner, Argia. This unique trip aboard one of the last sailing ships in New England offers you an ideal way to see the quaint maritime village of Mystic CT and its beautiful shoreline. Step aboard for a journey into the past. Depart from Mystic's historic Bascule Bridge, a national historic landmark, and sail down the Mystic River. Morgan Point Lighthouse and the quaint fishing village of Noank greet you at the river’s mouth, followed by islands and peaceful sailing. Snacks and lemonade are provided and you may bring your own beer or wine.

May 1st through late mid-October, choose a day or sunset cruise aboard ARGIA!

Sailing from the Niantic Bay Marina Niantic, CT, 06357 Phone: 860-448-3662 Toll-Free: 800-382-2824

Whether fishing or sightseeing, sailing on the Black Hawk means fun!

No vacation at the shore is complete without a day spent reeling in the big ones. When you ready to enjoy deep-sea fishing, board the Black Hawk in Niantic, Connecticut. Powered by twin 750 horse power diesels, she's one of the fastest boats of her kind in New England. She is also U.S. Coast Guard inspected every year. Our experienced captains know where to find blue fish, porgies, cod, striped bass, sea bass, and other fish you'll enjoy catching. We also offer sightseeing trip from time to time. Watch Fourth of July fireworks from our deck, or let us take you where you can watch dolphins and seals sport and play. Schedule your own trip for a child's birthday party or a reunion with friends.

Norwich Free Academy - 108 Crescent Street Norwich, CT, 06360 Phone: 860-887-2506

Centuries of art and culture on display at Slater Memorial Museum

Visit Slater Memorial Museum in Norwich, Conn. and explore peoples and culture though 35 centuries and five continents. Created though a gift by philanthropist William A. Slater more than a century ago, this stunning example of Romanesque Revival style architecture popularized by H. H. Richardson was executed by Stephen C. Earle. The museum is set on the campus of Norwich Free Academy in Norwich CT and showcases a diverse collection of fine and decorative art, plaster replicas of sculpture from the ancient world, and historical artifacts. The collection continues to grow through gifts from Norwich citizens and NFA alumni. Enjoy an interpreter-guided tour -- free with admission – permanent and changing exhibits, events, and unique gifts at the Slater Museum shop.

One Railroad Avenue Essex, CT, 06426 Phone: 860-767-0103 Toll-Free: 800-377-3987

A Connecticut River adventure by train and boat

Gather family and friends for a sightseeing adventure aboard the only steam train and riverboat connection in the United States! This 2½-hour narrated journey explores the nature and beauty of the Connecticut River Valley, designated as one of “the last great places on Earth” by The Nature Conservancy. View historic sites such as Gillette Castle and the Goodspeed Opera House. Excursions begin and end at the historic 1892 Essex station. Rain or shine.

1650 Hartford-New London Tpke. (Rt. 85) Oakdale, CT, 06370 Phone: 860-443-4367

All day fun and excitement at The Dinosaur Place

Children and adults of all ages will discover a wealth of fun and excitement at The Dinosaur Place at Nature’s Art Village. You’ll find a 60 acre outdoor adventure park with over 40 life-sized dinosaurs spread among a mile and a half of pristine nature trails. Children will love getting lost in a”MAZE”asaurus dinosaur-themed maze and playing on Monty’s playground featuring the custom-made SpaceNet, a 15 foot tall three-dimensional swinging, vibrating, climbing web. During the summer, cool off in New England’s largest SplashPad, a unique zero-depth water park. Indoor adventures await in Discovery Depot at Nature’s Art Village where guests can dig for gems, pan for “gold” and unearth dinosaur bones – each adventure comes with its own unique souvenir! There are special events, educational programs and amazing shopping. Plan an indoor or outdoor birthday party, scout, school or recreational group outing.

Winter Hours for Dinosaur Place: Thurs.-Sun. 10am-5pm. Discovery Depot: Weekdays & School Holidays 10a-5p. The Shops & PAST Antiques Marketplace: Open daily 10a-6p. Gateway Museums: Open Daily 10a-12:30p and 1-5pm.

Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center

110 Pequot Trail Mashantucket, CT, 06338 Phone: 800-411-9671

Permanent exhibits on the Native and natural history of southern New England include a cool descent into a glacial crevasse from 18,000 years ago. Walk through a 1550 Pequot Village. Interactive computer programs, films providing additional information and interpretation of the exhibits. Two research libraries, one for children. Museum store and restaurant. Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; last admission at 4 p.m. Admission: Adults, $15; seniors, $13; children age 6-15, $10; under 6 free. Information: www.pequotmuseum.org.