Year-round adventures for children and families in Mystic CT
One Railroad Avenue
Essex, CT, 06426
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).
1225 Ocean Avenue
New London, CT, 06320
Rated one of the best beaches by National Geographic
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.
1650 Hartford-New London Tpke. (Rt. 85)
Oakdale, CT, 06370
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.
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.
55 Coogan Boulevard
Mystic, CT, 06355
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.
Norwich Free Academy - 108 Crescent Street
Norwich, CT, 06360
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.
12 Steamboat Wharf
Mystic, CT, 06355
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!