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Year-round adventures for children and families in Mystic CT

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

Family fun and learning in Norwich

Experience fun and learning at this enchanting museum stocked with art and historical artifacts. People and cultures through 35 centuries and five continents are featured here on the campus of Norwich Free Academy in Norwich, CT. Along with art treasures there is a unique gift shop to browse and shop for prints , the work of Connecticut artisans, books, CDs, puzzles, bags and other accessories. Started by a gift from philanthropist William A. Slater more than a century ago, the museum is itself a treasure done in Romanesque Revival style architecture by Stephen C. Earle. You can all enjoy an interpreter-guided tour -- free with admission – as well as permanent and changing exhibits, film screenings, discussions and regularly scheduled events.

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

Much more than a Choo Choo

Climb aboard the only steam train and riverboat connection in the U.S! Kids will enjoy riding in the vintage coaches alongside farms, ponds, and boat yards, and spotting swans, ducks, and egrets. The 12-mile, narrated roundtrip brings passengers to Deep River Landing, where the riverboat continues the adventure with a 1¼-hour cruise on the breathtaking Connecticut River. The steam train returns visitors to Essex station. Throughout the year, there are several special events specifically for kids: In April and May, Day Out with Thomas; mid-November through December, Santa Special (daytime) and North Pole Express (nighttime).

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

Dino-Sized Family Fun Awaits!

Conveniently located minutes from Mystic, Connecticut in the heart of Mystic Country, The Dinosaur Place at Nature’s Art Village offers a full day of family fun for children, and adults, of all ages! The Giant T. Rex Mascot, Monty, welcomes your family to this 60 acre outdoor adventure park. Explore over a mile of dinosaur-filled nature trails featuring more than 40 life-sized dinosaurs and wrapping around a scenic seven acre man-made lake with its own active volcano! During the summer, cool off in New England’s largest SplashPad, a unique zero-depth water park. 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. More adventures await guests throughout Nature’s Art Village, including digging for gems, panning for “gold” and unearthing dinosaur bones in Discovery Depot, the indoor adventure center. Check out the new Cooper Creek Mini Golf Course open Summer 2017 for ages 8+!

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

Family fun with exciting marine life

One of the truly great family places for young and older lets you enjoy the fun and hands on learning in exceptional natural and man-made environments. Meet thousands of marine animals including beluga whales, African penguins, rescued seals, colorful fish and many more. The frog exhibit holds over 30 different species of frogs. Curious kids and moms and dads are welcome to touch live sharks, stingrays and exotic reptiles like a 6” alligator. Sea lions demonstrate amazing behaviors and the virtual ride at the 4-D Theater takes you through another world. Stretch your mind at the National Geographic Theater and feel the rush of adventure when you discover the earth’s most extreme environments in Exploration: Wild! Sea more at MysticAquarium.org.

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

Haul Away! Bring the whole family sailing.

Sail away aboard the traditional sailing schooner Argia for a journey into the past. The adventure begins as the Ship's horn blows and you depart from Mystic's historic Bascule Bridge, a national historic landmark. As the ship travels down the Mystic River, join the crew in raising sail the old-fashioned way...or lend a hand steering the ship! 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.

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

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

Everyone can be a kid at oceanside amusement park, beach

Ocean Beach Park is for kids of all ages – including Mom and Dad. Little tykes will love the tiny cars and trains in the amusement park and the playground – and sprayground! Older kids will want to hang out on the sugar-sand beach, in the Olympic-size pool, on the triple waterslides or in the arcade. And everyone will want to visit the mini-golf course (you can beat that windmill), grab a cone on the boardwalk or take a nature walk overlooking an estuary. Family dining options include full meals at the Sandbar Cafe overlooking the ocean, faster food in the Boardwalk Galley and a picnic area. Entertainment runs from DJs and bands to magic shows and beach-blanket movies.